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Back to School Snacks From Penny’s Picks


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It’s that time again! Summer’s winding down, vacation is a pleasant memory, and the school buses are making their rounds. Kids dash through the door after school with chatter full of stories of first days, first weeks, and new friends, but their bellies empty. So this month we’re highlighting recipes of great after-school snacks from the ‘Penny’s Picks’ section of our ‘What’s Cookin’ at First Security’ Cookbook. This delightful section contains recipes submitted by kids, so we know your kids will love them!


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

½ cup peanut butter
½ cup vanilla yogurt
½ cup raisins
¼ cup chocolate chips
¾ teaspoon cinnamon

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1. Mix together.
2. Serve with pretzels, apple slices, or other sliced fruits and vegetables.

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 323
Calories from Fat: 178
Carbohydrates: 29.5 grams
Protein: 11.2 grams

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: Six (2 cup)

1/3 to ½ cups unpopped popcorn
½ cup butter
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

1. Pop popcorn.
2. Into a large bowl, pour 3 quarts of popped popcorn.
3. Melt butter and pour over popcorn.
4. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon.
5. Pour brown sugar and cinnamon mixture over popcorn and stir until coated OR pour popcorn and brown sugar mixture into a large paper bag, seal tightly and shake until coated.
6. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 222
Calories from Fat: 145
Carbohydrates: 18.9 grams
Protein: 2.3 grams


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Kabobs

18 cubes of watermelon
6 ounces turkey breast, cut into 1 inch cubes
6 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
6 bamboo skewers or plastic coffee stirring straws (6 inch)

1. Alternate cubes of watermelon between cubes of turkey and cheese on skewers.
2. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 144
Calories from Fat: 89
Carbohydrates: 1.5 grams
Protein: 11.9 grams

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Employees and customers of First Security Bank have contributed their favorite recipes to What’s Cookin’ at First Security, a cookbook that benefits Arkansas Foodbank. They feature over 2,000 recipes and are available at any First Security Bank location for $20.

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Arkansas Women Blogger member Mary Wood is a lifetime lover of words. She hails from the suburbs of Nimrod, Arkansas where she is co-owner and number one stacker of wood in her family's sawmill. She loves playing in the dirt and raising a zoo-load of animals on their family farm. Her passions include living life with her husband Steve, son Caleb and all-grown-up daughters Rebecca and Rachel and son-in-law Matt. Homeschooling, writing women's Bible studies, and renovating their home fill up the remainder of her time.

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