After School Snacks: A Little Love and a Little Nourishment
School is almost out for the day and soon your kids will be barreling in through the door. Are you prepared to greet them with warm, home-made chocolate chip cookies and milk in hand? Many kids are picky eaters and willing to starve themselves while in school (after all, school lunches leave much to be desired).
So when the kids walk through the door after a long day of school tired and hungry, all they really want is a little bit of love and something to fill their tummies. In order to have a little after school treat ready for them it takes a little bit of advanced planning and organization, but can be relatively simple. Here are some of the ideas and shortcuts:
- Homemade Cookies Made Ahead & Frozen. Make a double recipe of chocolate chip cookie dough and/or practically any other cookie dough, like peanut butter cookies, oatmeal cookies, etc. and freeze the raw dough in logs wrapped in baking paper. Then simply unwrap the dough and defrost it for about 10 minutes or so. With a sharp knife cut slices, pop it on a cookie sheet and in the oven and you’ll have freshly baked cookies in minutes, minus the mess.
- Fruit Shakes, Milk Shakes or Razzles. These are easy to whip up and always appreciated. All you need is a combination of frozen fruits, ice cubes and ice cream or milk. Add to a blender and you’re good to go. There are always new combinations to try which makes this fun, exciting, refreshing and filling.
- Mug Cake. Making a cake in a mug is another great option. There are lots of these great recipes out there which you can you can easily do. With just a few ingredients tossed into a mug, you can “bake” a cake in the microwave and have it ready in a flash. Fast & yummy!
- Healthy and Fun “Fruit Kabobs”. Using fruits that you already have available, like melon, strawberries, pineapple or grapes, and stack them on a skewer in a pattern. Healthy, fresh and fun!
So, try these out. You will see that it’s a win-win! And, do me a favor, please, if you have any simple and yummy treats, please share them with me. I’m always looking for fresh, new ideas. I’d love to hear from you and so would my little guys.
About Julie McCaffrey, Pish Posh Baby
Parenting expert Julie McCaffrey is a proud mommy to 3 kids and owns BabyNav Baby Planners where she offers personalized consultation to new and expecting parents along with functioning as the Chief Brand Officer at PishPoshBaby.com—the high-quality baby store that supplies the facts and advice, along with the right choice, to parents who are completely lost in the whirlwind of baby gear. She loves to help moms and dads navigate everything from baby gear, preparing for multiples, getting back to work and getting the whole family on a routine.