It’s that time of year again when parents rejoice (and things get hectic) because the kids go back to school…..HOORAY! But getting back into the swing of things and back on schedule can be a bit crazy sometimes. Our blog earlier this month, “Putting the ‘Fast’ Back in Breakfast” , may help with keeping things on track in the morning but afternoons can be just as busy with homework, after school activities, dinner, etc.
If your kids are like mine, as soon as they get home, they are looking for something to eat. So, here are some snack ideas that won’t ruin their dinners or your time constraints. Some of these are so yummy that you might just pack some for yourself.
ANTS ON A LOG – this is an old-school favorite.
- 5 stalks of celery (prewashed and cut if you want to save more time)
- ½ cups of peanut butter (or almond butter)
- ¼ raisins (golden raisins for slightly sweeter taste)
- Cut celery stalks in half
- Spread peanut butter in the groove
- Sprinkle with raisins.
- Tip – To change this up easily, replace the raisins with apple slices or grapes and call them “Celery Snails and Caterpillars”
CHOCOLATE-DIPPED CLEMENTINES – hits all the sweet and salty notes.
- 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
- 6 clementines, peeled and separated into segments
- Coarse sea salt
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl on high power in 20-second increments until melted and smooth, about 1 minute.
- Dip half of each clementine segment into the chocolate, shaking off any excess, and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, then refrigerate until the chocolate hardens, about 10 minutes.
Recipe courtesy of womansday.com.
NO-BAKE GRANOLA BAR BITES – delicious and healthy (sugar free recipe available through the link).
- 2 Cups Oats
- 2 Cups coconut flakes
- 1 Cup Peanut Butter
- 1 Cup ground flaxseed (found on the baking supplies aisle)
- 1 Cup chocolate chips (I use milk chocolate)
- 2/3 Cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (not a deal-breaker if you don’t have some on hand)
- Mix the dry ingredients together and then combine with the wet ingredients.
- Roll into bite-sized heavenly morsels, and store in the fridge.
- Better double the batch and store half in the freezer as your first batch will be gone in moments.
Recipe courtesy of mothersniche.com.
FRESH FRUIT POPS – so easy and a healthy alternative to traditional popsicles.
- 2-3 Kiwis, peeled and sliced
- 1 pkg Fresh Strawberries, sliced
- 2-3 Tangerine Oranges, peeled and sliced
- 1 pkg Fresh Blueberries
- Coconut Water
- Popsicle Mold
- Add cut up fruit to the popsicle mold, it’s ok if there’s spaces. You don’t want the fruit to be packed in too tightly.
- Pour in coconut water to fill to the top of the mold.
- Freeze molds overnight or until solid.
- Tip – To get the popsicles to separate from the mold easily, run plastic under warm water and they slide out.
Recipe courtesy of foodiefun.net.
While there are many, many suggestions out there for healthy snacks, hopefully these may at least help out during those first chaotic days or weeks. Of course, there’s nothing at all wrong with pretzels, veggies and hummus or simply sliced apples but variety is the spice of life as they say. So, best of luck and we wish you all a safe and healthy school year.
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