It’s that time of year again! Time to get organized and have all the kids’ activities for school and the fall season sports lined up so nothing can put a kink in your perfectly planned schedule…. Right?
Well in order to ease some of the madness, I wanted to share a few quick recipes and snack ideas that are easy for your kids of any age to grab and go when they need an energy boost after school.
You MAY have seen some of these before- perhaps you pinned them on your pinterest board and you have been meaning to actually try them? Well NOW is the time!
The TOP FOUR in our house (according to my fairly picky little girls) are:
1) FRUIT KABOBS:
No description necessary! Cut up any kind of fruit, stick it on a skewer stick, and MAGIC happens. Kids LOVE it way more than regular pieces of fruit and they are gone in a flash. Always warn the little ones about the sharp ends of the stick, just in case. And you might as well go ahead and tell them that you also sprinkled pixie dust on them. That’s my kids’ favorite part. You’re welcome.
2) TRAIL MIX:
This snack is the same deal, EASY! Just take large bags of any number of dried fruits and nuts, even popcorn, and throw them in a giant container- then mix! Put into snack baggies or containers for a quick and easy treat!
3) ENERGY BITES:
This recipe is taking the trail mix a step further-
- Mix any type of nut butter (I’ve tried em’ all! It works with almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, sun butter and walnut butter)
- old fashioned oats
- dried fruits
- any type of seeds
- organic honey or agave nectar
- mini chocolate chips (optional)
Then- get ready to get your hands gooey! Mix everything together and form into little energy bites. They stay well in the fridge and are a super easy and healthy treat to grab on the go!
4) BANANA ZUCCHINI CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS
(I saved the best for last):
- 2 over ripe, peeled and mashed bananas
- 1 grated zucchini
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup sugar (I use organic or I replace with coconut sugar)
- 1/2 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 cups flour (I use whole wheat flour)
Preheat oven to 350 and mix the wet ingredients, then add the dry, saving the chocolate chips for last. I fill my muffins a little over 3/4 full in each tin and always get 12 muffins out of it. Depending on your oven (and let’s face it, the Colorado altitude can be a bit difficult to bake in), I bake mine between 25-30 min. Also, just a tip- make a double batch and freeze some extras because these WILL. GO. FAST!
Which of these four treats are your family’s favorite? Or what other quick and healthy snack does your family enjoy? Let me know!