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After-school snack ideas

When the kids get home from school starving, it's a good time to slip something healthy on their plate. We've got four recipes here, muffins, smoothie, fruit dip and quesadillas, that are perfect.
After school snack ideas


Healthy after-school cheesy muffin
Fruit smoothie
Fruit dippers


1.To make healthy after-school cheesy muffins, preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced) and grease a 12-hole, 1/3 cup-capacity muffin tin with cooking spray. Sift flour and salt together into a large mixing bowl. Add cheese, ham, zucchini and chives and mix well. Pour in milk and fold into mixture until just mixed through. Spoon into muffin tin until it is 3/4 full. Bake 12-15 minutes or until top springs back and muffins are golden. Cool in tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.
2.To make fruit smoothie, combine your favourite fruit, such as banana, mango or 150g frozen or fresh raspberries, with 2 tablespoons of honey in a blender or food processor. Pour in 2 tablespoons of yoghurt and 2 tablespoons oat bran and 500ml milk (low-fat if you wish). Process until smooth and serve cold in tall glasses. This will be enough to serve 2-3 hungry kids, but it won’t spoil their appetites.
3.To make fruit dippers with yoghurt sauce, cut up a selection of fresh fruit of choice, such as apple, orange wedges, bananas and clusters of grapes. Serve with a tub of your favourite low-fat flavoured yoghurt.
4.To make quesadillas, place a variety of fillings between two burrito or tortillas. Toast in a sandwich press until heated. Serve immediately; cut into four. Serving ideas: Ham, cheese, canned corn and chopped green onion; baked beans and grated cheese; tomato paste, chopped ham, cheese and canned pineapple; leftover shredded bbq chicken, cheese and chopped lettuce; 2 tablespoons guacamole, 1/4 cup grated cheese and 1 chopped tomato.

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