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After school snacks.

Carrots and ranch dressing are a healthy afternoon snack.
Carrots and ranch dressing are a healthy afternoon snack.

No doubt, with the star t of school, your kids are coming home, hot, tired and hungry. Most likely they’ll reach for the fastest thing available on the pantry shelf: potato chips, candy cookies, soda. If you don’t want them filling up on all that sugar and/or carbohydrates, it’s a good idea to have healthy snacks at hand.

Julienne carrots and celery and keep them in a container in the refrigeration. When the kids come home, arrange the carrots in small cups with a container of ranch dressing. Grapes are a handy finger food your kids will love.

If you’re looking for something a little more ‘fun’, try this recipe below from Parenting.

• 2 cups of your kid's favorite juice
• 2 packets of unflavored gelatin
• 1 tablespoon sugar or honey (optional)

Pour 1/2 cup of juice in a bowl and sprinkle gelatin over it. While this sits, heat the remaining juice to boil (can do this in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes). Pour hot juice over juice and gelatin mixture and stir, adding in extra sugar if desired. Pour mixture into the bottom of a loaf pan and chill for three hours, or until firm. Cut into squares.

Sitting down for an afternoon snack is an ideal way to transition between school and home and good way to spend time chatting with your children about their day.


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