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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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by on Sep. 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Replies (31-40):
Leelee1008
by Bronze Member on Sep. 19, 2012 at 6:14 PM

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!


Madelaine
by Bronze Member on Sep. 19, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Yum!

pandamom268
by New Member on Sep. 19, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I went out to my car to pick up my dd and it was 111 degrees :/

Btw-I used to live in Wilmington, DE for a couple of years! Loved the weather.

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!



Charizma77
by Bronze Member on Sep. 19, 2012 at 9:16 PM
Yum, my kids would love that. I don't remember what snacks I ate as a child.
eustacejessica
by Jess on Sep. 21, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I never had hot snacks as a kid after school. My child is still in preschool and gets out at lunch time so she has lunch at home and then a snack later but that's usually a fruit or a veggie.

amyb99
by New Member on Sep. 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Usually the kids eat quick and easy snacks like goldfish, popcorn, granola bars. peanut butter crackers, fruit etc.. Sometimes I make them pizza rolls or a pb&j if they're really hungry. They get home at 3:30pm and we usually eat around 7pm.

othermom
by Danelle on Sep. 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Lately the kids have had bananas after school since  we eat dinner early because of football. Fridays  they sometimes have other stuff

clowry02
by on Sep. 22, 2012 at 1:36 PM

looks so good

schatzi869
by Member on Sep. 24, 2012 at 12:02 AM
1 mom liked this

My grandpa always had a little spice cake for me after school.  I loved it. :)

rfhsure
by on Sep. 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM

 no one ever made me after school snacks when i was a kid. i just made myself a sandwich or ate a piece of fruit. When my kid's school age, I definitely plan on providing snacks for them, as long as I can be a stay at home mom anyway. there's lots of hot snacks that are easy to make. Tomato soup and grilled chee, tuna melts, quesadillas with some quacamole, taquitos. I'm sure we all want to be supermom before we realize how hard it is, but I can dream!

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