Bored with snacks!!
As a mom of four I am constantly faced with trying to find healthy snacks for my kids to take to school. One teacher has a different idea of what makes a healthy snack than I do. Personally just because it has a few chocolate chips in it I don’t think it’s bad (i.e. granola bars) I have another teacher saying no to certain snacks because they are too messy in the classroom (i.e. mandarin orange cups). I have picky eaters and there aren’t many options for the whole family, and let’s face it we are getting bored.
I like to think of myself as creative with snacks. Many times I have come up with something, thinking handi-snacks should package this. The kids don’t feel the same way, because I am no wiz in the kitchen and my ideas are bigger than the skills I have to prepare it. Like my idea for marshmallow flavored yogurt with graham sticks and mini choc chips. The flavor didn’t go over well. Basically, it better be something store bought that I can make better and pair with something they will eat.
My homemade handi-snacks include:
Hummus and baked chips, crackers, pretzels or carrots
Salsa with baked tortilla chips
Pumpkin pancakes with cool whip
Pumpkin butter with graham sticks
Pesto with Melba crackers or crostini
Peanut butter and pretzels, apples or carrots
Though I could go on and on, some snacks are just better not taken to school. There are a number of things the kids don’t like to carry to school because they don’t like the texture once it had been in a lunchbox for a while. Things like cheese and fresh cut fruit just aren’t the same when carried, so we save those for afterschool. We like to do a lot with skewers fresh fruit and cheese as well as ham cubes, with cheese and pickles are our favorites.
All in all we are getting a little bored with the things we do. With little change except for the seasonal differences you see when seasons change, we kind of stick to the basic things we like. I am always looking for new things to try that maybe I can get one or four of the kids to actually try. I would love to hear about some additional things your kids like. Maybe we can give them a try !!!