Guys, I really can’t understand how my kids can eat so much! Literally the second we make it out the door, nearly immediately after they eat their large breakfast, someone dares to utter the phrase, “I need a snack.” REALLY, how is that even possible?

I strive to feed these people a healthy, well-balanced diet but the snacking can wear even the most vigilant of us out. When I find easy recipes and ideas that my kid will actually eat, it feels like a huge win.  Here are a few things that have been wins from our home.

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  1. Hard Boiled Eggs + Fresh Avocado – This is so easy and so yummy. I boil a batch of eggs, peel them.  Then I pack a whole avocado, butter knife and a few forks. Once we get where we are going I cut up the avocado and eggs.  Then I mash them together to make the simplest egg salad ever. We add nothing else to this lunch/snack and all my kids love it.  It’d be great on toast, too.
  2. Energy Balls  There are so many versions of these you can find online. Here is one recipe I’ve used and loved.  I’ve also done them with coconut flakes, dried fruit, almond butter… basically you can use whatever you have on hand.  So it took me while to get the hang of these guys, the trick that has made them work for me, is just to store them in the freezer.  This is the best way I have found to keep them in the “ball” shape. Luckily, they don’t get too cold to eat because the peanut butter doesn’t really freeze.  My boys can down a tray of these. They don’t last long in our house.
  3. Paleo Banana Nut Muffins I have this recipe memorized.  I typically make at least one batch of these a week.  They are great for breakfast, a snack or a treat. My hubby is gluten free, so he loves that he can actually enjoy this baked good like along with the rest of us.  These are super tasty, without any added sugar. I often mix chia seeds or ground flax into the recipe just to boost the levels of “good for you stuff” in these muffins.  
  4. Chicken Salad – I’ve just discovered the miracle of chicken salad! When I make chicken salad I don’t use any particular recipe, it’s really just a good way to use up whatever vegetables we have on hand.  My method of making chicken salad, that so far works well, is first loading my food processor with something sweet (apple or grapes), some onion (if I have it) and something green and crunchy (I’ve used celery, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, green peppers).  Once these elements are combined, I add my cooked chicken and finally whatever mayo/sauce/flavoring you enjoy. The food processor combines all my elements into something easy to spoon onto crackers, bread, use as a dip or just eat on it’s own. My 19 month old eats this by large spoonfuls, which is great because it’s really hard to get many vegetables into her otherwise.
  5. Popcorn I discovered you can buy lots of really yummy popcorn online, for cheap! My kids always cheer when I tell them I’m making popcorn.  I don’t have any special equipment to make mine. I have a big saucepan that I cover the bottom in olive oil, then I add kernels and let them go.  Here explains it a little better.  Sometimes we add butter or melt cheese on it.  I enjoy it plain straight out the pan too!

Hope this helps jump start the lunch packing season well! Happy 2018-2019 school year!

Love,

Amanda

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