Carla's Corner: Snappy After-School Snacks

Ah, it’s time again to pack the kids off to school, only to have them come home famished. It’s a dilemma—you want to give them snacks that’ll quench the starvation built by an active school day without wrecking their dinner appetite. With a little creativity and a lot of flavor, filling snacks are on the horizon. Even better? All of these recipes are easy enough to let the kids help out in the kitchen.

Cheese + Apple Slices
The options are endless with this old standby. You can use a variety of cheeses, from cheddar to Brie. Softer cheeses, like goat cheese, can even be spread directly on the apple slices, drizzled with honey and sprinkled with chopped nuts.

Bean Dip + Veggies
Hummus is just chickpeas whirled in a food processor with lemon juice, salt, tahini and even a tiny hit of garlic, if child-approved. Why not make this same combination with black beans, white beans, edamame and even black-eyed peas? Serve it up with veggies like celery sticks, cucumber slices, baby carrots and cherry tomatoes.

Meat + Cheese Roll-Ups
Extra deli meat meant for sandwiches can do double-duty at snack time. Layer it with mayo or mustard, add a piece of thinly sliced cheese and a few lettuce leaves, and then roll it up for a handheld treat.

Fruit + Yogurt Dip
Make a delicious dip by combining Greek yogurt, lime juice and maple syrup. For a fruitier dip, consider also whisking in a bit of apricot or strawberry jam. Use it as a dip for strawberries, grapes, peach or banana slices and more.

Cucumber + Fillings
Mix softened cream cheese with chopped walnuts, sunflower seeds and even dried cranberries. Layer onto cucumber slices. Top cucumber circles with tuna salad chock-full of celery or chicken salad enhanced with grapes.

Carla Hall was a finalist on Top Chef: Season 5 and runs Alchemy Caterers in Washington, D.C.

What are your simple snack solutions? Chime in below!

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