Starting a new school year, whether in the classroom or online, brings excitement for kids of all ages. Along with the exciting times can also come early mornings with hectic moments getting ready, including making sure that lunches and snacks are packed for the day ahead.

Heart-healthy grapes are brain food, too, and a healthy choice any time of day.

Peanut Butter

Grape Bites

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 5 minutes

Yield: 12 pieces


12 California grapes, any color, chilled

1/3 cup natural peanut or almond butter

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate

1/4 cup chopped almonds


Place wax paper sheet on baking sheet. Dip each grape in peanut butter or almond butter to coat half then dip in either coconut, dark chocolate or almonds, alternating with each grape.

Transfer grapes to baking sheet then chill until ready to serve.

Source: California Table Grape Commission

Stuffed Cherry


24-48 cherry tomatoes

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced

3 green onion stalks, diced

2 teaspoons minced dill

fresh dill, for garnish


Cut a thin slice off the top of each tomato. Scoop out pulp. Invert tomatoes on paper towel to drain.

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in cucumber, green onion and dill. Spoon mixture into tomatoes. Top with fresh dill.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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