If your kids are like most, they come home from school FAMISHED. No matter how much they eat for lunch, they're ready for a snack before their backpacks hit the ground. And while snack time can be a great bonding time because they have to slow down at least a little, it's also nice if they can pitch in and make snacks for themselves.
It just takes planting a few ideas in their minds and the right ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator. It will save you time, help them become more self sufficient, and it's healthier than just handing them a bag of chips.
Here are five favorites:
Forget the fake "fruit" kind, start with whole-wheat flour tortillas and some filling choices like hummus, cheese, vegetables, lunch meat, or even peanut butter and jelly. Your kids can do the filling and rolling. These also make great portable snacks to take on the go too.
Using a whole-wheat pita as the crust, they can top it with some jarred pizza sauce, fresh veggies and mozzarella cheese. Microwave for about 30 seconds or broil for a few minutes in a toaster oven, and pizza is served.
Have on hand plain vanilla yogurt, granola, fruit, and maybe even a few sprinkles (they make even the most sullen teenager smile) and let them layer the ingredients to create their own personal parfait. If you give them a fancy glass to put it in, even better.
It just takes a few minutes to top baked tortilla chips with black beans, tomatoes, green onions, olives and any other toppings they like. Cover with a sprinkle of shredded cheese and microwave for about 30 seconds. Ole!
Ants on a Log
An oldie but a goodie. If you slice up celery (or buy it that way), they can quickly fill it with peanut butter and top it with raisins for a protein-packed snack. You can also switch things up and offer Nutella and peanuts on apple slices as well.
Do your kids make their own snacks? What are their favorites?