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5 Easy Recipes for Healthy After-School Snacks

After-school snacks

The kids are hungry, and you’re pressed for time. A bag of chips or a candy bar is convenient, but you want a better option for their growing bodies and minds. What’s a busy parent to do?

With a little bit of planning — and not a lot of money — you can whip up a week’s worth of quick and healthy kids’ snacks over the weekend. Older kids can take on some of these easy recipes for themselves and their siblings after school.

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Easy No-Bake Homemade Granola Bars


Parents and children alike love granola bars because they’re as nourishing as they are delicious. But did you also know they’re easy to make?

There is no baking required in this recipe, and it’s so simple that the kids can help, too. Try raisins or dried banana chips for the chocolate chips. If your child has a peanut allergy, almond butter is a fine substitute — and it will taste just as good.

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How To Fill Your Basket for a Beach-inspired Picnic

Beach-inspired picnic with starfish cookies, goldfish crackers, and hummus veggie boat

It is so fun to spread out a blanket on the sand and nosh on your favorite snacks while you watch the kids play in the ocean. But what if there’s no beach nearby? No problem. You just need your imagination (and a little help from us).

Whether you’re headed for a nearby park or your own backyard, it’s easy to put together a family-friendly picnic inspired by a day at the beach. Bonus: When there is no sand, the kids can’t track it into the house. Here are some ideas for what foods to pack:

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