I don’t have children at home that go to school anymore but I know how the end of Summer can be for parents. The lazy summer days will give way to a busy schedule that starts way to early for most parents and last long into the night.
I honestly can say I don’t miss the back to school shopping and the dreaded home work that could turn a wonderful evening into one that made getting your teeth pulled look like a walk in the park.
I do miss the after school stories I got to hear as my kids would have their snack. The snack that I would have to get very creative with. I had a tall order it had to fill up growing kids and yet tasty enough to be enjoyed.
So for todays recipe it is such a quick simple snack that can be for after school or to take it along for a great healthy snack when you’re out. I had it as a kid (thank you mom) and my kids loved it and in fact still do.
Peanut butter has such a wide range of health benefits. From reducing the risk of diabetes, to heart health, high blood pressure, to even helping aide in decreasing the risk of contracting viral or fungal infections! You also get some pretty good protein. I could go on with the benefits but the fact that it helps with viral or fungal infections should be enough for you to load up on peanut butter with the season of spreading germs just around the corner.
My daughter with a peanut allergy didn’t miss out, I used almond, soy or cashew butter to just name a few and even if you are not allergic they are great to try.
The Peanut Butter Apple:
Wash the apple, remove the core then replace with peanut butter or peanut butter alternative.
It is that simple and such a great health quick snack that looks cute too.
In case you need more inspiration:
10 Healthy and Tasty Treats (kid approved)
- Plain Greek yogurt with honey…some extra options are fruit and trail mix layered like a parfait
- Chia Seed Pudding full of omega 3 and when you make it with your kids it turns into a great science project because these great little seeds really expand!
- Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, so full of calcium, magnesium and potassium and you can’t get any more back to school and Fall than this.
- Apple Sauce and get creative make your own with other fruits like Pears or peaches.
- Homemade Trail mix this is great on its own or add it to the Greek Yogurt.
- Smoothies, you can get creative and cheaper when you use frozen.
- Veggies and Hummus, great source of fiber
- Baked Apple, Kale, Sweet Potato or Beet chips
- This is my favorite, one I had as a kid and got the recipe from the Television show Mr. Rogers. He made them and so I call them
Mr. Roger Treats
1 cup of peanut butter or any nut butter
1 cup of raisins
1 of dates
A scoop of butter
Mix all the above ingredients into balls the roll the balls into graham cracker crumbs. Place in a container and refrigerate.