Tips from homeschooling moms who are in the know. Having snacks available will make every day go smoother. And that’s not just true for the kids. 🙂 Here is a short list of our favorites –
Protein bites – we make these in batches & stock our freezer with them. Once they’re made, I have a hard time keeping them around, because everyone (but one – there’s always one. haha) loves them. We made them last week, and we used ground up hemp seeds instead of flax seeds & they were just as delicious and nutritious. I actually don’t find that you can taste either one, but they do add more bang for the bite nutritionally if you include them.
Jerky sticks – with teenage boys, snacks cannot be light weights & these fit the bill. They even through some into their baseball bags for long games or short breaks between games.
Peanut butter crackers – protein packed, simple, and easy.
Simple charcuterie plate – When I prepare this right after breakfast, it’s ready and waiting for whenever hunger strikes. It makes healthy snacks easy for everyone to grab without much thought & I especially love it for any fruit or veggies that aren’t getting used up fast enough. Somehow having it displayed like that makes them more desirable and they get eaten up quickly.
Rice cake pizzas – my youngest guy loves making these for himself. A spoonful or two of spaghetti sauce, some Italian spices, a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese, and a quick couple minutes in the toaster oven or regular oven. Yum!
Smoothies – always smoothies – just throw some frozen spinach in & you don’t taste it at all, but it’s instantly better for everyone. The trick is to add it directly to the water, so you can blend it smooth before adding the fruit. It makes the color of the drink ugly, but you aren’t getting any green leaves stuck in your teeth or grit as you swallow.
Banana muffins or pumpkin bread – With the pantry stocked regularly with the basic ingredients, I often whip up one of these to make our morning or afternoon yummier. There’s something very comforting about homemade bread.
Some other favorites always hanging around are yogurts, cheese sticks, and popcorn. We just buy the kernels and make them from scratch. Such an inexpensive and fun snack to have on hand.
What kid favorite snack did I miss? I love adding ideas from others to our repertoire.
(Note: The cookbook my daughter is using is listed here. We also like this one for cooking.)
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