Children K-12 go to school anywhere from 7:30 in the morning until 3:00-4:00, Monday through Friday. They are working really hard, too! Not only that, but when they do come home, they have to do homework from any of the multiple classes they study during the day. Over that eight to nine hour school day they are only given one meal, which is lunch. Just for this blog I’m going to act like that is okay.
Let’s face it, parents that work full time jobs, 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM. You are able to make sure your kids get a quality breakfast and possibly see them off to school. Most of the time, however, you aren’t there when they get home from school. These are active, growing human beings, and they need to eat. So who is going to feed them when they get home? Assuming that most households aren’t like the Brady Bunch with Alice waiting with sandwiches, these kids need to be ready to make themselves a little snack.
Here are just a few do-it-yourself snack options I thought were very clever, that you can pass on to your hungry little scholars (provided by Diylife.com):
- Tortilla Rolls: Roll ham, turkey, cheese and lettuce in tortilla wraps. Add your favorite condiment or sandwich spread to spice it up! (Picture provided)
- Ants on a Log: Keep a few strands of celery available in the refrigerator. Add peanut butter and raisins to the “log” for a fun and nutritious snack!
- English Muffin Pizzas: Divide an English Muffin into halves and spread tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni (or your favorite toppings!) onto each half. Microwave for twenty seconds and enjoy!
- Banana Dog: Spread peanut butter onto a hot dog bun and sandwich a banana between each side of the bun. I’ve never met a kid that didn’t love this recipe!
- Trail Mix: Encourage your child to create their own trail mix by keeping pretzels, peanuts, granola, dried fruit and yogurt chips on hand.
- Frozen Grapes: This takes some prep time, but teach your child the art of preparation with this handy treat. Place a bag of grapes in the freezer overnight, and by the time they arrive home, frozen snacks will await them!
These ideas are not just great for K-12 students, but for college students, as well. Teach these little recipes to your kids now and hopefully they find themselves making the same little snacks when funds are low in college. Because we all know that Ramen Noodles are good for only about two weeks.
Picture Courtesy of: PollyAlida