Summer is here, the kids are home, and they want to eat all day!
Moms know this to be all too true. We’ve got some fun and nutritious snack ideas that your kids can help with (and any extra kids you might have over).
3 cups Cheerios
3⁄4 cup peanut butter
1⁄2 cup honey
In a medium sauce pan, heat the peanut butter and honey over medium heat until melted, stir in Cheerios.
Press mixture into a 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate at least an hour. Keep any leftovers stored in the fridge.
BY RYAN SPELTS
My mom used to leave tubs of water with carrot and celery sticks in them for us to easily grab when we opened the fridge. They make for easy and quick snacks, and they are easy to see when you open the fridge looking to munch. It’s nothing special, just carrot sticks and celery submerged in water, kept cold.
BY KIM CROOK
Peanut Butter (or almond butter)
Place tortilla on a microwave safe plate. Spread a stripe of peanut butter down the middle of the tortilla (roughly 2 inches wide). Sprinkle chocolate chips on the peanut butter, followed by marshmallows.
Roll up the tortilla, being sure to put the outer edge on the bottom, so the roll is pinned closed. Microwave for about 30-60 seconds or until you see the marshmallows puffing up in the microwave. Let cool for a minute or so, and enjoy!
Banana Wrap Ups
BY JENNY GOLDSBERRY
2 Tbsp. peanut butter
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
2 tsp. honey
Spread peanut butter, a great source of protein and omega 3, on your tortilla. Sprinkle chia seeds for an extra crunch and dose of vitamin A. Slice a potassium-boosted banana into slices and place on your spread. Pour honey on top before you wrap it up burrito or pinwheel style for a yummy healthy snack.
The Best Granola
BY KRISTINA CASE
The great thing about this recipe is you can customize to your family’s tastes. Use nuts everyone likes, leave out the coconut if you don’t like that, add in some wheat germ or ground flaxseed for extra nutrition-it’s a very flexible recipe. I like it best with yogurt and fresh fruit.
3 cups old fashioned oats
3⁄4 cup chopped nuts (I use roasted almonds and pistachios, but any blend will work)
3⁄4 cup unsweetened coconut (I buy the coconut chips and chop them up)
1⁄4 cup pumpkin seeds
1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds
1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
1⁄4 cup honey
1⁄4 cup pure maple syrup
2 Tbsp. butter
1⁄4 cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp. vanilla
Sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg (cardamon is good too)
Mix oats, nuts, seeds, salt, coconut, and spices in a large bowl. In a saucepan, melt over low heat the honey, maple syrup, butter, and coconut oil. Add in vanilla. Add wet mix to oat/nut mix and stir until oats are coated. Pour onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Spread evenly and bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes, stir, cook for another 15 minutes or until mixture is golden brown and toasted. Don’t overcook or your granola will taste burnt. Cool and store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to three weeks.
APPLE SNACK RINGS
Cut a whole apple into medium-thick slices, cut out core, and top with peanut/nut butter, granola, raisins, and mini chocolate chips.
Other toppings include the following: mini marshmallows, any dried fruit, M&Ms, or any kind of cereal (cinnamon toast crunch crumbled is good). These are great snacks for little hands to help with!
Berry Granola Yogurt Bark
3 cups mixed berries, fresh or frozen, separated
2 cups plain yogurt
2-3 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1⁄2 cup granola
Blend yogurt, 2 cups berries, honey, and vanilla. Spread onto parchment-lined cookie sheet and spread evenly. Top with granola and remaining berries. Freezer for at least 4 hours and break into small pieces. Store in air-tight container or Ziplock bag in freezer. Great for a hot day!
Optional toppings include the following: sliced bananas, mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut, drizzled peanut, or nut butter
Tips to save your sanity
Allocate a small section of your pantry and fridge for areas your kids can help themselves. Snacks that are pre-portioned work best, like string cheese, yogurt, pre-sliced fruit and veggies, popcorn, crackers, trail mix & energy bars.
Many parents are working from home and often can’t take a long lunch break. Having pre-made sandwiches, wraps or leftovers available can make your life easier
Set up some rules & times
Establish a snack and meal schedule and post it where kids can see it. Sometimes they truly aren’t hungry but bored!