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Easy peasy (and cheesy) after-school snacks

2012 September 8
by Emily Hill

Cheesy in a totally good way. I do have teenagers, after all.


Tillamook healthy after school snack

Wait, what was I saying? Oh yeah, something about cheese…

I’m all about after-school snacks, especially if they involve baked goods like the week of cookies I featured when my kids started school. But let’s face it, cookies aren’t always the healthiest choice for after-school snacks; even I like something with a bit more nutritional value…most of the time. When I heard about the Tillamook campaign to promote healthy school eating habits, it got my rusty snack wheels turning.

The campaign supports Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, and for every recipe/tip/inspired snack posted on Tillamook’s Back to School tab, Tillamook will donate $10 and enter the poster (i.e., the person who posted the tip or recipe, not an oversized piece of heavy-duty cardstock) to win a yummy orange backpack full of all-natural Tillamook goodies.

Being a huge fan of eating donating, I turned those rusty snack wheels round and round until I came up with two fun and healthy after-school snacks.

Look how excited Madison was to try them out:


Tillamook healthy after school snack

And who wouldn’t be? We’re talking cheese and pepperoni stackers and mini banana sliders with a side of grapes. Don’t forget the tall glass of milk to wash it all down!


Tillamook healthy after school snack

Here’s what you’ll need to make these after-school goodies:

Cheese & Pepperoni Stackers
Whole wheat Ritz crackers
Medium cheddar cheese, sliced*
Turkey pepperoni
Sliced olives

* We’ve fallen in love with Tilla-Moos, Tillamook’s new pre-packaged medium cheddar cheese snacks. In fact, my kids pretty much ate our friends’ entire bag while on vacation at Lake Powell. If you slice a Tilla-Moo in half, it’s the perfect size for these stackers. And yes, I became a fan of Tilla-Moos long before this post.

Mini Banana Sliders
Bananas, sliced thick
All-natural peanut butter
Mini graham cracker squares


Who knew healthy could be healthy AND delicious AND fun?


Tillamook healthy back to school snack

I bet you already have some fun ideas to share with other Tillamook fans. In fact, I’m sure of it because my readers are super awesome like that and love supporting a worthy cause.

If you’re ready to submit your recipe (or tip or advice), visit Tillamook’s Facebook page and click on the Back to School tab. You’ll be able to submit your fab idea and check out all the cheesy news, recipes, photos and tips posted by other fans.

By the way, my friend Carrian over at Oh Sweet Basil posted a yummy recipe for frozen banana pops as her healthy and delicious after-school treat—check it out!

Remember, for every one who participates, Tillamook will donate $10 to Feeding America and enter you to win that safety orange Tillamook backpack!

BONUS!

Use coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL for 15% off your Tillamook purchase from now until September 14th.

If you want to join in the live twitter chatt during the campaign, use the hashtag #backtoschool and tweet with @tillamookcheese and @feedingamerica.


ps post script

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Disclosure: Tillamook provided our family with a spiffy orange backpack full of Tillamook goodies. But they didn’t need to because we’d buy Tillamook goodies even without coupons.

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18 Responses Post a comment
  1. September 9, 2012

    mmmmm how is their cheese so much better?! I just love it, I buy a huge 9.99 block every week!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    We go through that much cheese as well. And it does taste so much better! Maybe it’s the cows? Just wait until you get those Tilla-Moos…your girls will love the single serving sizes (as do I). :)
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  2. September 10, 2012

    this reminds me of the time i drove by tillamook in oregon on a girlfriends road trip like in the 80’s….(snort)…that’s makin’ me laugh.

    but i digress…love your post. thankful to know we are not the only family to consume great quantities of cheese. love these ideas. and love the cause. you are so good like that, emily.

    off to buy more cheese.
    ~j
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    If you had said you didn’t like cheese, I would have seriously reconsidered our blossoming friendship. So glad you do. Makes our friendship that much easier.
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  3. Jennifer permalink
    September 10, 2012

    Tilamook cheese is the best! And Madison is cracking me up in those pictures. I definitely see some of Nathan in her.

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    She’s such a ham. I did ask her to do the ponytail thing, but she’s always a fan of getting in front of the camera so it wasn’t too hard. ;)
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  4. September 10, 2012

    I love those mini grahams!!! BEST THING EVER! Well, one of the best things ever. And ps, Madason is stinking gorgeous. What is it with you people? Share some of the pretty!!

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Whatever. You and your girls are adorable and super yummy.
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  5. September 10, 2012

    I’ve always had a fetish for Tillamook cheese! I won’t get any other brand! It seriously is THAT good! :)

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Totally agree!
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