After School Snack: Fall Into Fall with Jack-O-Lantern Fruit Cups!

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Without fail, my sons run home after getting off of the school bus, throw the door open and scream,”Mommy! We’ve missed you so much!”

orange-jack-o-lantern-fruit-cup-labeledOkay. I exaggerated that part. Hey, a mom can dream, right?

But, seriously, every single day, it’s as if they’ve waited for that after school snack the entire day. Maybe your children are the same way. The first thing I want to know about is, “How did your day go?” “What did you learn?” “What did you have for lunch,” etc. Nope. My sons aren’t having any of that. They just want to know where the snack is.

So, today (even though we’re dealing with some uncomfortable September warmth), I decided to make a fun after school snack for them. These adorable little “Jack-O-Lanterns” will please their eyes and bellies (and, they’re healthy, too!).

They’re extremely easy and inexpensive to make and will surely bring memories for years to come.

Begin with naval oranges. Cut the top off, and scoop out the orange segments (pulp) so you have an orange bowl. Dice up the orange segments and put them aside. Using a knife, cut out triangle eyes and a mouth to make a “Jack-O-Lantern” out of your orange. Then drain a Mixed Fruit Cup (or any combination of fruit – banana slices, grapes, strawberries, raisins) and combine some of the orange segments in it. Then fill up your Jack-O-Lantern, and put the lid back on.

Smart, healthy and adorable!

Thank you, Three Different Directions, for the great idea!

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