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On-the-Go Snacks: Peanut Butter and Jelly Trail Mix

We run from school to practice and lessons 4 out of 5 days a week. Our only break between school and activities some days is the drive in the car. This can make it difficult to make sure the kids can do their homework and get their snack in before an activity. This has made me the queen of on-the-go snacking recently. I try to make sure that I find recipes that pack a lot of protein and are easily eaten without a huge risk of choking, making a mess, or needing utensils.

One of our favorite on-the-go snacks is trail mix because the kids can eat it while we travel, it isn’t too messy (depending on the kid) and it can be customized to each kid’s likes with very little effort. Store bought mixes tend to be on the sugary side and do not always contain the best protein options. We like to make our own because it allows us to make them a little bit healthier and we can add our favorites to them.

This mix from The Recipe Revival is a great start. This recipe calls for a specific cereal. I like to add some almonds, and cashews, and cut the cereal portion in half. That way they get the nutrition they need to go off and play and still get a little sweetness to their snack. I usually do 1 1/2 cups nuts (half almonds and half cashews) then 1 1/2 cups cereal. The recipe is so easy you can add or subtract according to your wishes.

Be sure to check out The Recipe Revival’s full recipe, and check out the other great recipes while you are there!

Crisp Apple Snacks: After School Treats

Crisp Apple Snacks: After School Treats During the school year I try to make sure my kids are busy. We do a lot of after-school activities including sports, and special after-school programs oriented around science and learning. This usually means I need to have snack ready to go when they are. I need to feed them something that will give them energy, keep them fueled, and happy throughout their afternoon activities. My kids are a lot like me, by three o’clock they are ready for a nap. Their day has exhausted them and they need a pick-me-up. But I hesitate to give them things that may have artificial boosts to their system. That’s why I love protein. It is the perfect digestible energy-quick food. Luckily, my kids love nuts, and it is an excellent source of protein. I love this fun quick Crisp Apple Snack. It is sweet, crunchy, and has a myriad of tastes all in one bite. It is an easy to prepare, easy to eat, energy-quick snack that my kids love to eat. Which is usually the best thing about it. But it is also a very healthy snack, that doesn’t get old. So here is the recipe for a fun Crisp Apple Snack to try the next time your kids need an afternoon pick-me-up! Crisp Apple Snack

IMG_1104.JPG What You Will Need: Apples Peanut butter or almond butter Nuts (I use almonds and pecans) Coconut flakes Chocolate chips What You a Will Do: 1. Core your apple, then slice the apples into discs about a quarter or half inch thick. 2. Spread the nut butter on the apple disk. 3. Add nuts, coconut flakes, and chocolate chips. 4. Enjoy!!

After School Snack: Banana Dogs

After school snacks are important for your little man. After a long hard day at school he needs an energy pick me up, and as Moms we do not want to feed him something that will just give him a crazy sugar high and lead to a crash later. Not only is it bad for him, it disrupts our day as well! We also do not want to infringe upon that dinner that will soon be approaching. So what do we do? How about a healthy and complete protein that will not only keep your little man’s blood sugar level it will also fill him up until dinner time without over-filling him so that he won’t eat that dinner you have been planning. So how do we complete this amazing feat? Simple, think PBJ meets banana, meets hotdog. Sound crazy? Sound disgusting? Hey don’t knock it till you try it!

This great little treat is not only fun to make and look at, it is delicious. Trust us, we wouldn’t steer you wrong. After all at The Boy’s Store we are here to help you out! So at least try it before you call us crazy.

Banana Dog

What You Need:

One Banana

Peanut Butter (Or an alternative butter if your little man is allergic)

Jelly

One Hot Dog Bun

What To Do:

1. Open the Hot Dog Bun and spread it with some delicious peanut butter.

2. Place the whole banana in the hot dog bun.

3. Use Jelly to create a “ketchup” effect.

4. Pair it with a cool glass of Milk and serve it up cold!

Your little man will love the fun twist on a hotdog, and you will love the simplicity of the afternoon snack. Who knows, it may just become a go to snack. Enjoy!