Anyone else looking for an easy, no-recipe needed after-school snack ideas? It’s been about a year since the coronavirus bomb hit us. Who knew that one of the hardest roles in parenting, especially during quarantine life would be feeding your kids meal after meal and day after day?! Many of us are suffering from snack idea fatigue due to extended times at home, and lot of kids not being able to attend after-care. I don’t know about your kids, but when my boys get home from school, they push our trash can into the pantry (to use as a step stool) and raid the cabinets for something to eat.

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After-School Snacks Sans the Wrappers

I am 100% pro-convenience. Store-bought, pre-packaged snacks can be a real parenting lifesaver. But, sometimes, it’s nice to have after-school spring snack options that include some whole-foods like produce, dairy-rich foods or whole-grains. When Prairie Farms told me about their new Small Batch Cream Cheese Spreads, I started thinking about fun ways to personalize snack ideas for the kids. Their flavors vary from sweet to savory and each 3.5oz cup is made with award-winning Prairie Farms Neufchâtel cheese. No artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or growth hormones included! Our family are big Prairie Farm fans because we’ve seen first hand that they uphold farm-to-table values regarding quality, food safety and transparency.

So, let’s get into the simple, no-recipe needed after-school snack ideas!

Sweet Idea 1: Double Strawberry Stacks

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Layer Prairie Farms Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread on Graham Crackers and top with fresh strawberries. P.S.  a touch of whipped topping wouldn’t taste horrible. 😉

Sweet Idea 2: Caramel Apples with Granola

Spread Prairie Farm’s Sea Salt Caramel Cream Cheese on top of a sliced apples and top with granola. Did you know kids are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables when they are paired with dips or get to “play” with their food?

Savory Idea 3: Mini Bell Peppers filled with Garden Veggie Cream Cheese

This one’s for mama, who’s looking to get in a few more bites of veggies through the day! Slice a mini bell pepper in half and fill with Garden Veggie Cream Cheese. I love the creamy, veggie flavors that bring out the natural sweetness in bell peppers.

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This one’s for mama, who’s looking to get in a few more bites of veggies through the day! Slice a mini bell pepper in half and fill with Garden Veggie Cream Cheese. I love the creamy, veggie flavors that bring out the natural sweetness in bell peppers.

You Don’t Like, “Free” Do You?!

To showcase Prairie Farms new Small Batch Cream Cheese Spread launch, they’re offering us the chance to win 10 “FREE” Cream Cheese spreads! Visit their site daily to enter! And, do tell, which is your favorite spread? We had a hard time choosing, but Chef Jack and I both landed on the same one.

Check out our Chef Jack segment HERE to find out which one! Happy Snacking!

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.