As working parents, even if we work at home, or get off early enough to pick up our children from school, it’s very likely that we are BEAT when we get home. I know I am. I am so tired that I can barely get dinner ready.
But how familiar is this? You are getting dinner ready, you are unpacking bags, repacking bags, getting outfits ready for the next day, and checking homework – and all the while, there are little people saying “I’m hungry!” “what do we have to snack on?” And waiting for dinner to be ready is not always something we want our children to do….starve until dinner.
So what is the solution? We keep, healthy, QUICK, simple snacks that our children can easily prepare and get for themselves, around the house.
Snacks are essential, and the kinds of snacks you have are even more important.
Let’s start with the list below – my favorites.
- Fruits – the most evidently easiest and best snack to have around. Whether they are dried or not, fruits are very important to have around. The best fruits to keep on hand are bananas, apples, and oranges. I don’t like having grapes, because the risk of my four-year-old choking is higher. Bananas are easy to have because it’s peel and eat. Apples and oranges are easy too. If possible – keep them pre-cut in Tupperware containers for them to grab themselves before they get settled on the table to do homework.
- Energy Bars – there are great organic bars that can be made with peanut butter, granola, chia seeds, raisins, etc. or go HERE for a great, NO-BAKE recipe.
- Cheese/Crackers – I shop at Costco – and I LOVE the variety of cheeses and crackers there! There are organic options as well, and I love that they are all in bulk! String cheese is an option that is also always in my fridge.
- Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches – for fun, cut them into little fun shapes – I like to use cookie cutters.
- Banana Bread – my boys LOVE banana bread! And it lasts for a long time! I have a quick, simple recipe HERE
- Muffins – there are muffin mixes that require ONLY WATER. You can find them at Walmart, and it makes 6 muffins. It takes like 15 minutes in the oven. You can find the mixes at Walmart.
- Organic Fruit Gummies – I like using Annies Bunnie Fruit Snacks that can be found at Target.
- Granola Bars – I like buying Kid Clif Bars and my boys like the Iced Oatmeal option.
- Organic fruit popsicles – these can be made with organic fruit juices and ready to eat whenever your child wants a nice, ice-cold snack.
- Cookies and Milk – FOR FUN. Some days, I let my healthy mom persona lift, and I let them eat Oreos and milk. My four year old loves the mini chips ahoy cookies, those are his favorite, and his Tutu (great-grandma) has them in stock for him always. It’s always good to try to find some way to let them be free and give themselves a treat.
The period of time when you come home, until dinner time and bedtime is kind of a time of limbo. Homework and chores are being done, yes, but snacks should definitely be incorporated with that!
I learned a long time ago that having easy, but HEALTHY snacks around the house are necessary! I also learned that pre-planning, and prepping will help 150% of the time!