1. Pantry Snack Station
(above right) Includes trail mix, fish crackers, pretzels, almonds and dried fruit. From Real Simple.
2. Refrigerator Snack Station
(above left) Including a jar of peanut butter (preferably the natural kind, for dipping), string cheese, yogurt, grapes and vegetables. From Real Simple.
4. Ants on a log
Spread peanut butter and/or cream cheese into stalks of celery and decorate with raisins (or cranberries or choc-chips!)
5. Dips and Dippers
Mini pitas, crackers and cut up vegetable such as carrots, celery and bell pepper all make excellent things to have on hand ready to dip into a bowl of hummus or guacomale. Try these delicious kid friendly dips from One Handed Cooks. The tasty combination above is courtesy of Babble.
6. Trail Mix
There are so many combinations and variations. Make up a batch and store it in small serve sized bags or containers.
7. Waffles or Pancakes
Make extra waffles or pancakes and store them between parchment paper and freeze. You can pop them in the toaster and heat them up again. Try this recipe for pancakes from Judicial Peach.
8. Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard boiled eggs can sit in the refrigerator ready to be peeled by small hands and devoured as-is or sprinkled with a little salt and pepper. Here is a recipe for perfect hard-boiled eggs on Kinfolk Magazine.
A nice big bowl of fruit is the easiest solution to the “What can I have for a snack?” question. Other fruity ideas are sliced watermelon or cantaloupe in containers in the fridge, frozen berries and grapes to nibble on and frozen, peeled very ripe bananas which can be blended to make a kind of thick, dairy-free “ice cream”.
Older kids can set a saucepan of water to boil and then quickly cook edamame beans in their pods. Available in good grocery stores, and Asian food stores.