Our tasty Snack Attack series continues with celebrity chefs sharing their favorite after-school snacks that won't spoil kids' dinner appetites. Today's recipes come Melissa d'Arabian, author of Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes and Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week.
Melissa d'Arabian knows all about how famished tots are when they get home from school. With four daughters in elementary school, the winner of The Next Food Network Star’s fifth season is at the ready when her ravenous kids get home from school. That's why she offers up a variety of snacks that, while they appear to be treats, are made with healthy — and inexpensive! — ingredients. Ranging from a chocolate and banana smoothie filled with pureed black beans to add some protein to the drink, to a homemade granola that leaves the sugar found in store-bought versions behind, Melissa's tasty after-school treats are sure to satisfy midafternoon hunger attacks.