Before I had kids, I thought that I snacked a lot. Now that I’ve had four kids, I realize that I knew nothing and my children could eat me out of house and home with all the snacks they want. This leads me to get creative in the kitchen and make filling and healthy snacks for them and myself.
- Fruit Salad – This is one thing that I do make every single Sunday. Depending on what fruits are in season, changes the mixture. Recently it’s been cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries, mangos and oranges. During the summer it’s all the watermelon and peaches for sure! During the week, as it gets low, I just replace as needed. It’s the best thing to grab quickly that ALL the kids can agree on. I eat it plain, on top of yogurt or pancakes.
- Homemade Granola Bars – I never knew how easy it was to make granola bars until I made them. You mix one cup of nut butter (we’ve been on an almond butter kick) + 3 cups rolled oats + 1/2 cup honey, press into a 9×9 pan, cover and let sit overnight. Couldn’t be easier and can appease the kids appetites. You can also mix in extras like dried fruits, chocolate chips, nuts and seeds.
- Bananas and Peanut Butter – Let me explain. This isn’t just mixing the two. It’s a banana boat that will rock your taste buds. All you do is cut the banana in half long ways and top with peanut butter. To take it that extra mile, drizzle with honey or chocolate chips.
- Avocado Toast – I learned that my children liked this when I was pregnant and craved it all the time. It’s so interesting to me that all three of the older kids like it. They are normally so different in their food preferences. I make this for breakfast and snacks. We use Dave’s Killer Bread and toast it in the oven. Then top with half an avocado, salt pepper and for me red pepper flakes! It’s SO good and quick to make when you’re in a rush.
- Yogurt Bowls – Another snack that we love is yogurt. We started eating greek yogurt when Nolan was a baby and haven’t eating regular yogurt since. It’s so much healthier for you than regular yogurt. The kids love making yogurt bowls and adding their favorite toppings. Right now, it’s blueberries, honey and chia seeds.
I hope this snack round up gives ya’ll some good ideas on things to incorporate in your food routine. Please let me know if you try and of these and be sure to tag me in your posts! Share your favorite snacks below and give back some inspiration to others.