Carmen S
After School is Made for Snacking
September 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM


My kids come home from school completely ravenous. No matter how full the lunchbox is packed, it never seems to be enough. When the 3 p.m. bell rings and they fly out the door to me, the first words out of their mouth are always, "Did you bring anything to eat?" Never, "Hi, Mom, I missed you!" - just a request for sustenance.

I can appreciate that. I can remember many a long bus ride home, hoping that there'd be something amazing to eat when I got home. I remember being super envious of a friend who was a foreign exchange student from Germany - when he got home, his mother met him - every day! - with a fully set table of hot dishes. It was absolutely stunning.

I didn't know anyone whose mom made them a hot snack.

I try, as often as I can, to make sure that my own children have a snack that is high in protein when they stumble out of the school building. One of their favorites is commonly called "Pigs in a Blanket" - mini hotdogs wrapped in dough and baked. I recently decided to mix things up a little, and took ful size hot dogs and cut them into three equal pieces. I paired each section with a small piece of American cheese - I cut a square into thirds - and then wrapped the entire thing inside a flattened section of crescent roll dough.

The first pan I baked was a disaster. As the cheese melted, it leaked out of the roll and stuck to the pan, which meant that the crescent rolls were difficult to get off the pan. With the second batch, I wised up and lined the pan with parchment paper. Result? The rolls browned evenly and lifted off with no sticking issues whatsoever.

And my children were ecstatic when I met them at school with a hot, fresh snack. 

What was your favorite after school snack as a kid? What do you like to serve your own children?



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Replies

  • rfhsure
    by rfhsure
    September 24, 2012 at 2:35 PM

     good god, I would probably combust. I live in Seattle though, where we run and hide when the giant disc of light appears in the sky because we think it's an invasion of some kind. I actually love the weather here, I don't really care. We get real seasons, beautiful summers, snowy winters, rainy spring and falls.

    As for the Hummus, it's the shit. i love hummus, I like to dip sweet peppers in it for a snack mmm

    Quoting Leelee1008:

    oh my gosh that is hot! I dont think I could live there LOL. Its 69 here in Delaware right now and this is perfect weather for me.

    Quoting pandamom268:

    We don't do a lot of hot snacks around here because we live in Arizona and it's hot most of the time. Today is something like 109 degrees outside :/

    We usually do what everyone else said, things like yogurt, fruit, trail mix etc. However, we have discovered one wonderful, healthy snack that no one has mentioned yet. Hummus! Yes, hummus and some pita bread are a healthy, easy and (for us) good for the wallet snack. We get it in bulk, powder form and mix it up as needed (only requires a little oil and cold water). Yummy!


     

  • Dez-zii24
    September 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM
    My favorite after school snack was p b & . I't was very delicious everytime : )
  • Godspitgrl
    September 24, 2012 at 8:31 PM
    I love pigs in blanket and sure do miss them
  • Godspitgrl
    September 24, 2012 at 8:32 PM
    we do carrots and ranch
  • dustinsmom1
    September 25, 2012 at 12:03 PM

     Grapes, cheese, yogurt, manderin oranges, reeses peanut butter cups, hes an easy kid to feed, he loves everything. :)

  • MentorMom1
    September 25, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    It was maybe an apple or other fruit and maybe a cookie. But usually it was dinner. We ate around 4:30 or 5:00 every night. And I was STARVING by 8:00!   

  • ahasugar
    September 25, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    i liked green olives, peanuts, pretzelsand cheese. My daughter doesnt go to school yet becausse she is two, but she loves popcorn, crackers, chips, cheese, grapes, oranges...

  • littlemomma8902
    September 25, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    yea but its a dry heat, so it's hot for sure but not to bad since theres not much humitity.:) i love it!!!!

    Quoting Leelee1008:

    oh my gosh that is hot! I dont think I could live there LOL. Its 69 here in Delaware right now and this is perfect weather for me.

    Quoting pandamom268:

    We don't do a lot of hot snacks around here because we live in Arizona and it's hot most of the time. Today is something like 109 degrees outside :/

    We usually do what everyone else said, things like yogurt, fruit, trail mix etc. However, we have discovered one wonderful, healthy snack that no one has mentioned yet. Hummus! Yes, hummus and some pita bread are a healthy, easy and (for us) good for the wallet snack. We get it in bulk, powder form and mix it up as needed (only requires a little oil and cold water). Yummy!



  • LovesFredric
    September 25, 2012 at 10:30 PM
    Fruit, cheese, yogurt, cereal.... I don't get mine until after school program is over though and they get a bit of a snack there too.
  • wolfgirlbec
    September 26, 2012 at 12:34 AM
    When I was a kid,growing up in chicago(& later,in CT) & during the winter months especially.my fave after school snacks were popcorn or homemade chocolate chip cookies or (homemade) bread-still warm from the oven-& butter. My mother would make either homemade hot chocolate(from the side of the hershey's cocoa tin,of course! Lol!),or hot apple cider or (herbal) tea. I still like making things like that for my kids even now & most especially in the fall & winter months,where I made so many wonderful memories from my own childhood eating these delicious treats! ^_^
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