Monday, August 3, 2009

Back To School Food: SNACK TIME

We are a homeschool family! It is our 4th year to homeschool. Lately I've had on my "Back to School" thinking cap! (Bet you all have one of these! LOL)
We usually do not start school until after Labor Day. So I use the month of August to work out what we will be doing up to Christmas Break.


For some reason I've been thinking a lot about FOOD! Teaching at home also means eating at home- ALL DAY! I've always thought that it was important to have easy to grab snacks. A wise mom told me that she has a list on her fridge of snacks that her kids could have anytime. I haven't done this but plan on starting it this year. We do not have a scheduled snack break. When you get hungry and if it is not meal time then you can grab a snack.What snacks are great to have around for a quick grab?

I am the shopper so it is up to me to keep the snack stock full. Each girl gets to pick out one special snack at the store. This helps me with making the decision on what to buy.

I've created 4 weeks of snacks. We can rotate snacks in and out of the schedule. This will allow us to incorporate seasonal recipes. The fruits and veggies will change depending on the season. The schedule will allow some variety and easier for me as I head off to the store!

I want to make sure that my daughters are following recipes and preparing the snacks, too! This is a very important to me. I want my daughters to be able to cook for themselves and others.

This year I'm going to work on teaching them how to make something from what you have in your pantry. I love doing this. It takes practice for some!
Here are the first 4 weeks of snacks. Some have links. Others need recipes. I will post recipes in September.

Week 1 Snack options
Week 2 Snack options
  • Granola (1/2 c each: butter, honey, wheat germ, brown sugar, raisins, 3 cups oats, 1 c each sunflower seeds and other nuts. Melt together butter, honey, sugar. Add all other ingredients. Microwave on high for 4 min. Spread out on baking sheet to cool. Store in covered container or Ziploc bag.) *We are going to try some new granola recipes which are lower in sugar. I will post those recipes results in September.
  • Apples, Pears and Grape Kabobs
  • Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Fruit snacks
Week 3 Snack options
  • Sticks and Stones
  • Pretzels
  • Apples
  • Yogurt
  • Pudding cups
  • Rice Krispy bars (make according to box directions)
  • Soft Pretzels (We will try out a few recipes and post in September)
Week 4 Snack Options

  • Craisins
  • Nuts
  • Fruit Leather (Never made it but want to. I have several recipes. We will do these and report back in September!
  • Cheese
  • Snack crackers
  • Yam n Jam Muffins
  • Spiders (share recipe later)
What isn't on the list are carrots, celery, ranch dressing and peanut butter. They are staples around our house because the kids love to eat them.


If you have any snack recipes to share please include them in the comments. If you have a blog and want to share your snacks or Back To School Ideas please add your link in the above Back To School MckLinky! That way my visitors and I can come visit you too!

Stay tuned for more Back To School Food ideas featuring those other meals!

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8 comments:

Judy F. P. said...

Those pencils are the cutest things ever!!!!

Susieqtpies said...

Aren't they though! Very easy to make! LOL

Is Dis Normal or Dysfunctional? said...

Hi Susie Q,

You are right, snacks are a challenge. I too make sure that I have a plethora of healthy foods ready for the taking when the children come home from school.

I must make sure not to alert them to what is available to eat. They love the hunt and the independence of finding it on their own. Instead, I slyly place the prepared food directly at eye vision in the fridge so that when they open the door they will not stand there wasting energy as they search for hours with the door open.

Ashlie- Mommycosm said...

My kids are big snackers. I'm always on the look out for healthy options to send to school.

Not trying to plug a brand, but we've recently discovered Kashi. Used to be hard to find, but it's even at Wal-Mart now. They have healthier versions of the kids faves.

Susieqtpies said...

Hi Jillian!!!

Thanks for your comments! For us with homeschooling and being home for most all of the snacks, meals,etc the kids will say can I have this and that,etc. So by me making a list of what is available that might give them more freedom to grab when they want and what they want. Plus 2 of them are teens and they open up the pantry and say "what it there to eat?" LOL. They don't see it even if it is in front of them!!! I never know what to buy either. So this gives me a list! I love list! haha

Susieqtpies said...

Ashlie I agree that Kashi has some great snacks. It is fine with me to plug a brand!!! I appreciate the recommendation!!!

Susieqtpies said...

Ashlie I agree that Kashi has some great snacks. It is fine with me to plug a brand!!! I appreciate the recommendation!!!

Anonymous said...

Great list! Check out some recipes, and some great resources for homeschoolers at www.freeprintable.com

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