Thursday, August 23, 2012

Every Mom knows that the most important part of a school day, is the after school snack.  As soon as my kiddos come in the door from school they head straight to the kitchen to raid the refrigerator and it turns out that the Obama girls like their afterschool snacks as well—check out some of the Obama girls favorite afterschool snacks from White House Chef  Sam Kass.  These snack recipes can also be found in the first ever Food Network Magazine Kids, which is a mini-mag attached to Food Network Magazine’s September issue.  Sept 2012 Kids

About Food Network Magazine Kids:

Aimed at parents, Food Network Magazine Kids takes an accessible approach to cooking kid-friendly meals and getting kids involved in the kitchen. Other features include mix-and-match chocolate cookies, Food Network stars’ favorite apple snacks and switched-up dinner classics like spaghetti burgers and spaghetti and burger meatballs. 

I thought it would be fun to share some of these healthy and super yummy recipes with all of you…enjoy!

White House Snack Attack

Sam Kass, a White House chef and Michelle Obama’s adviser for her Let’s Move! program, says that the White House is always stocked with fruit in case Sasha or Malia needs a bite. But Kass knows that kids don’t always come home from school begging for healthful stuff, so he offered up these smart swaps for some favorite after-school treats.

chocolate-covered-pretzelsInstead of a candy bar, drizzle chocolate on pretzels or apples (pictured left).

Chop 1/2 pound dark chocolate. Microwave three-quarters of the chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring, until mostly melted. Stir in the remaining chocolate until smooth. Drizzle over mini pretzels or apple slices and let harden.

“There is no substitution for chocolate!” Kass says. “The key is moderation.”

Instead of packaged peanut butter crackers, make almond butter.image002

Blend 2 cups almonds and 2 large pinches kosher salt in a food processor for 5 minutes. Pulse in 3 tablespoons vegetable oil and 2 teaspoons honey. Spread on whole-wheat crackers.

“Almond butter is really simple to make and fun to do with kids,” Kass says.

Iimage003nstead of potato chips, make kale chips.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the stems from 1 bunch kale and tear the leaves into bite-size pieces. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bake until crisp, about 30 minutes.

“Kale chips are great,” Kass says. “Kids don’t expect them to taste like potato chips, but they do.”


  1. I thought they were pretty great snack options too and hey, if they're good enough for the First Daughter's, then they're good enough for my kiddos!


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