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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!

Apple Pie Muffins: Fall Foods!

I love to bake!! Fall brings out my need to bake, there is something about the cooler weather that always makes me want comfort food. I especially like to cook with fall ingredients so I love to find anything I can bake with apples and pumpkin, like these apple pie muffins. Lucky for me we live near apple country so I have access to lovely fresh-picked apples right from the farm. We love taking the kids and enjoying a great day at the apple farm running around picking apples, laughing, and chatting with the kids. We have dinner at a restaurant in the town and we make it a slow-going enjoyable fall day. When we come home we like to find ways to use the apples. We, of course, enjoy some in lunches and as snacks but we also cook a lot of them that weekend and can them for future use. I prep them for pies, and we make muffins. I really love this Apple Pie Muffins recipe. My kids enjoy eating them for breakfast, as a snack in their lunches, or as an afternoon snack. What I love best about the recipe is that I can alter it if I need too. We like to eat things with less sugar, so we substitute¬† half of the sugar with applesauce (which also gives it a moister/more apple taste!) Apple pie muffins Be sure to go check out Damn Delicious’ recipe now. It is the best we have tried so far! Be sure to check out the other amazing recipes when you are there!

Banana Snacks of Art!

Since my kids are home for summer we are having a lot of play-dates. By a lot, I mean — A LOT. I have actually forgotten to schedule some time off so far. Yes, it has only been a week and a half, but Momma needs some rest soon or she is going to go crazy.

Thank goodness today’s play-date is at my very best-friends house, which means I get to relax and unwind with her while all of the kids play. Each of our kids are the same age give-or-take a month (in one case only a day). So they pair off well and play together very well.

When we trade play-dates we arrange it so that whomever is hosting provides activities, the house, and is in charge of set-up. Whomever is visiting brings the snack, and does the clean-up. So today I am in charge of snack, and I found a fun one that is both healthy and fun for the kids — and while it looks fabulous, it really doesn’t require much work on my part.

banana snacks

Banana Boeing 747. It is basically fruit made to look like little airplanes. It works out perfect for everyone. It can be easily replicated, and you change the fruit out if you have an allergy, or just don’t like something. Since no one in our group has an allergy and our kids pretty much eat whatever you place in front of them I simply recreated the photo, but feel free to change it up!