After two weeks of school, we are back into a solid routine. Yes! Part of it means that due to nightly sports practices, dinner are being eaten much later. So, in addition to fixing the kids a snack after school each day, I’ve been fixing myself one also!
If I’m going to eat a snack every day, I need to make sure it’s healthy, right? I’ve found that by adding a filling and healthy snack to my later afternoon routine, I can avoid stuffing my face with everything in sight as I prepare dinner (not that that has ever happened!).
Since I’m hungry, tired and dealing with homework, carpooling, sports and cranky kids, I created a list of go to snacks. This way it’s one less decision to make. I can grab my snack (and often the kids eat the same thing), and feel confident I made a good choice.
What’s on my list?
There are three main categories I enjoy: savory, salty and sweet.
- Tomatoes with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and basil (frequent right now while the tomatoes are ripe!)
- Hummus with sliced cucumber and celery
- Crackers and cheese
- edamame with sea salt
Having the snacks ready (or at least the ingredients prepped) makes life SO easy! I just pull out what I feel like enjoying and I’m satisfied and able to wait for a later dinner. All of these snacks can be prepped ahead of time (I cut up veggies on Sunday or Monday night to have on hand all week) or made in 2 to 3 minutes. And yes, I timed it! Most are also portable if I need to hit the road and enjoy them while watching soccer or swim.
How do you handle busy school nights? Do you have go-to snacks for yourself and/or the kids? What are they?
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