Every afternoon around three o clock my children come bounding in the door from school. Back packs and jackets don’t even have time to find a proper resting spot before words just start spewing from their lips. Hey Mom, Quit Bugging Me Mark, My Day Was Cool, You Will Never Guess What Happened Mom and If I Don’t Eat Something Immediately I Will Shrivel Up And Die…are the most popular topics of late.
Then, more often than not they take a little look around the kitchen and say...
”Sweeeeeet Mom, you’ve been cooking and photoing for your blog. Can I eat that Cheesecake?”
“If I don’t eat some of those Avalanche Bars you are taking pictures of my life will turn to ruin.”
I find that I am always and forever saying “You can eat some of these treats I’ve been working on, but you have to eat something healthy first….go for something healthy first…Please. People. Back a way from the Cheesecake. No, Captain Crunch and Ramen Noodles are not healthy (why I keep buying them, is a mystery to you and me both) and could we all just bond with some vegetables for heavens sake.”
Last week I told them I was going to make a list of Healthy Snacks and tape it to the inside of the pantry door, just to ease the after school hunger issues we are having in this family. I pondered for a while and came up with a list of our top ten yummy and healthy snacks. I thought you might like to take a little look, this being a food blog and all. I’ve made a printable version at the end of the post as well so I can tape it to the inside of my pantry and just in case you want to tape one to the inside of yours own as well.
May the force be with us, right?
Apples and Peanut Butter
We prefer crunchy peanut butter around here, as well as Fugi, Gala and Golden Delicious Apples.
Oatmeal and Bananas
Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal is one of my kiddos favorites. You can of course put any kind of fruit in it, mixed berries is another of our favorites.
Hummus and Pretzels
This has recently become on of my favorite snacks. However, when my daughter Emily saw that is was going on the list she informed me that she hates it, will always hate it and wants everyone reading this post to know that she hates it. I kept it on the list because I’m hoping she’ll find it in her heart to one day get on the hummus lovin’ bandwagon. So, there you have it.
Some of us love it, some of us hate it.
Vanilla Yogurt and Berries
Looks almost like a dessert, doesn’t it! Vanilla Yogurt is also
fabulous with grapes and watermelon. This is not a lie.
It’s pretty darn tasty.
I could eat this every day, for the rest of my life.
Love the combination.
We enjoy smoothies made with frozen strawberries, blueberries bit of milk, a fresh banana and about half a package of Crystal Light Raspberry Ice flavor.
Vegetables and Dip
I’ve found Costco to be the best place to stock up on yummy veggies. The mini peppers, snap peas and grape tomatoes are all items I like to keep on hand. My kids love them plain, or with this light Zesty Italian.
My kids think this is kind of like a dessert.
Let’s let them continue on with that thought, okay?
Nuts, Dried Fruit and String Cheese
I’m not sure why this combination works, but it does. The crunchy nuts and sweet fruit are a yummy duo. Round it out with a little string cheese and your tummy will stops its rumblin’.
I’ve found Costco to be the most cost efficient place to buy this yummy snack. If you haven’t ever eaten Edumame before, be aware that the pods are not for eating, just the yummy soy beans inside.
Hope you found something to love.
See you back here soon…
new recipes lay in wait.