After-School Snacking Sanity
At the end of the school day, you can always count on your kids being hungry. As in, “Mom, I’m going to DIE if I don’t get something to eat!” hungry. They’ve expended a lot of energy learning, running, playing, and just being a growing kid. But your day doesn’t end just because the school day is over. Your ‘to do’ list is still full. That’s why it makes sense to plan ahead for your kids after-school snacks.
Reasons to plan after school snacks ahead of time:
Healthy Options: You can buy and prepare healthy options instead of just grabbing what’s convenient.
Portion Control: A snack is just to bridge the gap until dinner, not take its place. Pre-planned portions prevent unhealthy overeating.
Snacking Sanity: It’s one less thing you have to do after the kids get home.
Tips for Snacking Sanity:
- Control portion sizes by preparing individual serving bundles. Use sandwich bags, small plastic containers, reusable cups with lids, etc.
- If you have errands to run after you pick up the kids, get a small tote to use as a car snack carrier. Before you head out the door grab a snack for each child.
- Keep the tote stocked with wipes, napkins, spoons, straws and two plastic zip bags: one for trash, and one to deposit/collect empty snack containers.
- A small cooler makes a great car snack carrier. You can keep snacks and drinks cold for your kids.
- Keep storage tubs in your kitchen just for healthy, mom-approved snacks.
- Let your kids help you pick and pack snacks. It’s more fun to eat a snack they picked and helped prepare.
Three Snack Tub Options:
1. In the Cupboard or on the Kitchen Counter- For room temperature snacks such as dry cereal, trail mix, granola, fruit, raisins, individual microwave popcorn, etc.
2. In the Refrigerator - Pre-cut fruit, veggies, cheese and deli meat, yogurt, string cheese, etc.
3. In the Freezer -
To eat right out of the freezer - frozen grapes, fruit juice ice pops, frozen yogurts in plastic sleeves, etc.
To heat in the microwave - frozen burritos, frozen breakfast items, etc.
Following these snacking tips will give you one less thing to do every afternoon and will help you keep your ‘Snacking Sanity’. Have a great school year!