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UpNorth Family: Healthy after school snacks

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Lisa Maxbauer Price, a Traverse City mother and food writer, shares some easy after school snacks that are healthy and the kids will love!

LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Does your child ever come home from school saying they're hungry but you don't know what to make them for a snack?

Lisa Maxbauer Price, a Traverse City mother and food writer, shares some easy after school snacks that are healthy and the kids will love!

This week, Lisa shows us how to make four different snacks: Beet Chips, Apple Smiles, Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpeas and Energy Balls.


Beet Chips

Directions:

Thinly slice raw beets, blot dry with paper towel, arrange on a silicone baking mat and sprinkle with salt. Microwave for 4 minutes.

Apple Smiles

Ingredients:

  • Red apples
  • Nut butter
  • Small marshmallows

Assembly:

Cut apples into slices. Working with two apple slices at a time (to form a smile), spread nut butter on the upper and lower white sides. Add marshmallow “teeth” to the nut butter and connect the apple wedges.


Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (or 15 oz.) chick peas
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Rinse and drain chickpeas in a strainer. Pat dry with paper towel.

In a bowl, combine oil, salt and cinnamon. Stir in chickpeas and mix until coated. Spread the chickpeas onto baking sheet. Bake for 30-45 minutes, moving them around occasionally with a spatula to encourage even cooking. When crunchy, remove from heat and immediately toss in sugar.


Energy balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup nut butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Directions:

In a bowl, mix nut butter and syrup. Heat in the microwave in 20-seconds increments until warm and fluffy (like frosting). Add oats and coconut. Stir until combined. Drop balls of this mixture onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Chill tray in the freezer until bites are firm.

If you would like more information about Lisa and more of her recipes, you can check out her website.

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