Mr. Food: School Snacks

The kids are back in school, and did you know that most of them need to eat every three to hour hours to recharge their growing bodies? Yup! That’s why after-school snacks can be serious business.

So how can we offer them something fun for them that’s good for them?

In a bowl, we beat together an 8-ounce package of softened, reduced-fat cream cheese with 3/4 cup chocolate or strawberry-flavored powder 'til smooth.

You see, the mix not only gives it its big bold flavor, but it also helps kids build strong bones, 'cause it’s calcium-enriched.

Now, we spread that mixture evenly over the tops of 21 plain or chocolate graham cracker squares, top one-third of them with sliced strawberries or raspberries and one-third with sliced bananas.

They assemble in a jiffy, and look: layer after layer of their very own fun edible towers that I like to call "Skyscrapers." And when they taste the crunch of the crackers combined with the tangy fruit and that smooth spread – what kid – or us (kids at heart) wouldn’t want to down one of these along with a glass of milk!

And if you’d like the recipe, it’s online now, or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, marked “Back-to-School Skyscrapers,” to me, Mr. Food, right here at the station for satisfying their snack attack and winning our seal of approval with a snack that only takes a handful of ingredients but stacks up to be "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!®"