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Try healthy after-school snacks


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Healthy snacks that taste delicious and are easy to make get high grades from both parents and children Providing apple juice and apple sauce lets parents help their children get two of the five daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Either a six-ounce serving of 100 percent apple juice or a four-ounce serving of apple sauce equals one fruit serving, according to the U.S. Department of Ag-riculture.

Here are three snacks that rate an "A" for apple.

Apple Gelatin Squares

1 cup regular or cinnamon

apple sauce

2 tablespoons cinnamon

red-hot candies

1 pkg. (4-serving size)

lemon flavor sugar-free gelatin

1 pkg. unflavored gelatin

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 cup cold water

Spray 9-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. In medium saucepan, heat apple sauce and candies over low heat until candies dissolve. Stir in gelatins. Add cold water and lemon juice. Pour into prepared pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into 32 squares. Yields: 32 squares. These cinnamon-flavored gelatin squares make great snackin' anytime.

Appleberry Jive

6 oz. apple juice

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

2 oz. raspberries, thawed

cup ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth and pour into a 16-oz. glass.Garnish with an apple slice. Yields: 1 drink. This is a smooth refreshing treat.

Granola Apple Cookies

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

cup margarine or butter

1 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 egg

cup apple sauce

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups granola with dates and raisins

1 cup coconut

teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

teaspoon allspice

teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted sunflower nuts

In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, margarine, egg, apple sauce and vanilla; beat well. Stir in remaining ingredients; mix well. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours for ease of handling. Heat oven to 375F. Grease cookie sheets. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls 2 in-ches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake at 375F for 11 to 13 minutes, or until edges are light golden brown. Im-mediately remove from cookie sheets. Yields: 5 dozen. Store these cookies in an airtight container to retain their soft, chewy texture.

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