You hear the beeping of the school bus outside. The kids are home from school, but the fun is just beginning. You have 14 minutes, 12 seconds flat before the kiddos go right back out the door for lessons, practice or a game.
You’re scrambling in the kitchen to find something to feed the kids — anything that won’t ruin their appetite for dinner, but offers the energy they need to get there.
We know how you feel, Mom. You need something easy, and you need it FAST.
Here are some of our best after school snack hacks your kids love and that WON’T spoil dinner for when your family is on the move:
Banana or plantain chips are crunchy, salty and way more nutritious than tired potato chips. Choose options without added sugar (they’re naturally sweet) and try to avoid chips coated in palm or coconut oil.
Apple slices and nut butters are a classic pairing. Purchase individual servings of nut butter or just grab the whole jar on your way out the door! Just remind your kids: No double dipping!
Whole-wheat pretzels with hummus are another great pair. You can find prepackaged snack packs or divide them up yourself. This salty snack works great before a sports practice.
Keep a package or two of Land O’Frost Deli Snackers in the fridge, for a quick snack that’s high in protein. It’s a fast way to power to through the afternoon.
Purchase individual packages of guacamole or hummus to pair with whole-grain crackers or baby carrots. Remember to check the label and choose lower sodium and sugar
When in doubt, GORP! That’s “Good Old Raisins and Peanuts.” Prepackaged nuts and dried fruits can be purchased in bulk for the easiest portable snack ever. It’s a classic for a reason.
Keep squeezable yogurts in the freezer (look for the brands with lowest sugar), so they stay cold during transport. Plus, kids love them frozen! They contain protein and carbs for fast energy in one simple package. These even make a great dessert, when your kids crave something sweet!
For those of us with tiny ones, frozen peas go a long way. Divide frozen peas in containers and store in the freezer. Keep your preschooler easily entertained for the whole car ride! Yep, little kids do eat them frozen; corn works too!
Make a quick batch of popcorn, spray with olive oil, and toss in a baggie with Parmesan cheese. You just became the mom with the most delicious popcorn on the block.
No matter how much time your family has after school before evening activities, these snack ideas should help the kids power through. Don’t be afraid to shop bulk stores for prepackaged dips and pre-sliced veggies. They may cost a little more, but the time you save in prep and convenience is totally worth it. There’s no need to be stressed when you hear the school bus outside anymore. You have a plan!