Snow Day Snacks

You've built a snowman, sledded down a hill 20 times, constructed a fort, won your snowball fight, and now you're just bored ... not to mention hungry! So what's next? Snow day snacks—delicious munchies that take very little prep and can be eaten with one hand while you throw a snowball with the other!


Dinosaur Kale Chips


Prep: 10 minutes / Cook: 40 to 50 minutes / Serves: 4


  • 2 bunches dinosaur kale
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil (enough to coat the kale)
  • salt


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Thoroughly wash and dry the kale. Next, strip the stems from the kale by holding the stem and running your fingers gently up the stalk in order to separate the leaves. Throw the stems away or save them for the next time you make veggie soup.


2. Toss the kale leaves with the oil in a bowl, mixing thoroughly to ensure that each leaf is evenly covered.


3. Season the leaves with a little salt and place them on a large baking tray. Place the tray in the oven and cook for 25 minutes.


4. Take the tray from the oven and toss the leaves using tongs to expose the parts that are still droopy. Place the tray back in the oven and cook for another 15 to 25 minutes, or until the kale is crispy throughout. These are best when eaten right out of the oven.




Ants (and Fire Ants) on a Log


Prep: 20 minutes / Serves: 4


  • 6 stalks celery, washed and cut into 3-inch sections
  • ½ cup peanut butter or almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons raisins (for ants)
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries (for fire ants)


1. Using a butter knife, spread the nut butter into the celery sticks.


2. Garnish each stick with a few of the raisins and cranberries. You can alternate the raisins with cranberries on each log or you can keep them separate.

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Marshmallow Snowmen


Prep: About 5 minutes, or as long as you want!


  • Marshmallows (try using different sizes, like jumbo, regular, and mini)
  • Toothpicks
  • Frosting
  • Candy for decorating (for example M&Ms and Red Hots, but your imagination is the limit!)


1. Assemble your snowmen using the marshmallows and toothpicks. You can use different sizes for the body, head, and arms, or do whatever you like!


2. Now decorate your snowmen! You can use pretzels for arms, licorice for candy scarves, candy for hats, or whatever else you can dream up. Frosting helps secure the candy to the marshmallows.


3. You're finished! You can display your snowmen as awesome snowy decorations, play with them, or eat them. If you do decide to snack on your creations, just make sure to remove the toothpicks first.

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Photo credits: Lori Epstein, NG Staff (kids eating, marshmallow snowman); Michael Piazza (kale chips, ants on a log)


Text adapted from National Geographic Kids Cookbook by Barton Seaver



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