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After-School Fuel

Try these healthy snack ideas for hungry kids bored  with the usual offerings.



Reading, writing, arithmetic and so much more – school days are busy for kids. The lunch period provides a welcome break but some schools schedule lunch quite early and by the end of the day, kids are famished.

When your star students arrive home asking for a snack, you don’t have to reach for junk food. Here are some quick, simple and fun ideas for after-school snacks that are tasty and your kids will love.

Popped corn is 100 per cent wholegrain with plenty of fibre to help keep kids satisfied until dinner. Skip the processed microwave varieties and opt to pop on the stove or in an air popper. Then create a popcorn buffet by setting out small bowls and a variety of savoury toppings, such as finely shredded Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. Kids can serve themselves and customise to their taste.

When the kids want ice cream but you want them to have a healthier snack, nice cream comes to the rescue. This simple ice cream alternative can be made by freezing sliced ripe bananas. When kids come home from school, blend these banana pieces until smooth for a cool, creamy treat. You can experiment with different flavours by adding a dab of peanut butter or a few strawberries to the blender.

Pizza bagels are a quick, cheesy fix that ease after-school hunger pangs. Start by turning the oven to the grill setting. Then on a baking tray, place a split Thomas’ Plain Mini Bagel with the cut sides facing up. Spread tomato sauce on each bagel half and sprinkle each half with cheese. Add pepperoni halves and cherry tomato quarters. Place under the grill until the cheese is melted.

Parents grew up munching ants on a log, the snack that takes a celery spear smeared with peanut butter and lines raisins on top to look like ants. Give this classic a modern twist by slicing a Thomas’ Plain Mini Bagel in half, adding peanut butter and topping with chopped celery and raisins. This sweet or salty delight is guaranteed to be devoured.

For more simple after-school snack ideas featuring mini bagels and more, visit thomasbreads.com/recipes.

– BPT

Apple and brie mini bagel appetisers

Sweet and simple, this cheesy appetiser is the perfect snack after a long day of school. Creamy brie is the perfect complement to a few juicy apples. Even Mum and Dad will want to snag a few of these.

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