Day ONE, yes ONE, of Summer Vacation 2016 is over and I think 1/3 of my refrigerator contents are gone, baby gone. What the heck just happened?! I have decided I need a game plan...better snacks loaded with some sort of protein or fiber that are quick and easy and don't require a refill after 30 minutes. So, moms, I've compiled a list of ideas for your summer snack inspiration. These snacks do not need animal faces and appendages. You will not need to carve the Mona Lisa out of a watermelon because ain't nobody got time for that when their kids are running around destroying (and eating) house and home!
HOMEMADE LARA BARS, UNCRUSTABLES, AND MINI KEBOBS
Our Willowee Wet Bag is food safe, mildew resistant, and perfect for wet sippy cups, sticky snacks, or soaking swim suits.
Spill proof cup, divided plate, and snack pod provided by Re-Play. Re-Play is an American made company with products being made from recycled HDPE plastic – basically that means milk jugs!
Kid friendly, whole food snacks made by Allie Eats Whole, including homemade Lara Bars, homemade Uncrustable, and veggie/cheese skewers.
Photo credit to Erika Schirmer of Eurekeme Photography of North Dakota and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Erika has a gift. She can style and shoot like no other. I'm not just saying that because she's my good friend and forces me to go to the movies ;-P.
HOMEMADE LARA BARS
Our styled Lara Bars from Allie Eats Whole are from a fantastic recipe by Kara Hicks at @kara_thewholemomma, a local mama who has a great Instagram with food recipes, ideas, and inspiration. Get six-ingredient recipe here.
PALEO BANANA PB & J
Another great and EASY recipe from Kara The Whole Momma. She uses almond butter and homemade strawberry-lemon chia jam.
NO BAKE ENERGY BITES
I've been making these No Bake Energy Bites for my kids since the early days of Pinterest. My kids love making them and eating them, plus you can switch up the ingredients with what you have. I usually sneak in some chia seeds (don't tell).
You can make quite a few of these Pretzel Melts at once. All you need to do is sandwich a small slice of cheddar between two pretzels. Put on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake 10 minutes at 425 degrees F. Kids can dip in mustard, if desired. Store them in the fridge for easy access.
GOOD OL' FASHIONED APPLES AND PEANUT BUTTER
This is my go to snack and basically what I survived on for four pregnancies. Slice an apple, serve with a side of almond, peanut, sunflower, cashew, or whatever-floats-your-boat butter, sprinkle some cinnamon over all of it and bam, you're done!
4 INGREDIENT KALE CHIPS
do it Delicious says, "There's a new chip in town and its name is kale". My kids love kale chips. They probably, mostly just like the salt, but I'll take it! A big head of kale is fairly inexpensive, especially during the warmer months and availability at farmer's markets. You'll just need: A large head of kale, olive oil, kosher salt and grated parmesan. Store them in a ziplock bag and serve.
MAKE YOUR OWN PERSONAL POPCORN BAGS
How easy would it be to throw 1/4 cup popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag, fold the top down 3-4 times, and write "microwave me for 3 minutes and 30 seconds"?! Prep some of these for bigger kids to make themselves. My kids love popcorn so much, they could eat it plain. Personally, I love the melted butter, salted option ;-). Recipe here.
These are my favorite grab and go snack. If I didn't have these, I probably wouldn't have breakfast. I buy them at my local Costco, slice them up if I have time, and sprinkle a little sea salt over the top. Great for kids too!
I'd love to add YOUR favorite kid snacks (or mama snacks) to this list! Let me know in the comments your favorites.