Written by Chris –
Now that school is back in session, my nine-year-old triplets are heavy into snacks. After school snacks, that is. Come 3:30 p.m., they are hungry! Not just hungry, but HUNGRY! So before they begin homework, it’s snack time.
At this age, I’ve learned, simple is best. For me, having fruits and vegetables on hand, like apples, oranges, nectarines and grapes plus edamame and carrots, is essential. In addition, a well-stocked refrigerator (we eat our share of yogurt and cheese) and pantry (lots of whole-grain cereals, crackers and nuts) is a must!
One of my most recent assignments at Nestlé was to create snack ideas for Nerds and Nestlé Raisinets. This was one of those projects that made me look cool to my kids! Well, sort of. Actually, maybe not. What I do know is that my kids love Nerds and I love Raisinets.
So, on a recent triple-digit summer day (just before the start of 4th grade), my kids and I stayed indoors and made Tasty Bugs. We used what we had on hand – Nerds, shredded carrots, apples, celery sticks and all-natural peanut butter. We made snails, caterpillars and butterflies. Sure, this activity may have been better suited for younger children, but we had a ball making and eating them! Kids love to play with their food, no matter what age.
A small word of caution about the snails – if you have dogs, try to keep them away from the table. One bump and the snail can tip over (see above). If my kids were a lot younger, there would have been tears. Here’s a little tip to prevent potential disaster: With a knife, level the bottom of the celery (middle center) so that it is flat, not round. After a few wobbly snails, I caught on!
If you are a Raisinets fan like me, read on…
Raisinets are great out of hand, there’s no denying that! But have you added them to peanut butter and celery (aka Bumps on a Log pictured above)? That’s a tasty combo! Kids love it, too! And I don’t think it’s just the cute name.
Here are a few more ideas just in case you have Raisinets on hand and want to get playful.
- Spread whole-grain toast with all-natural peanut butter then sprinkle with a few Raisinets
- Create a snack mix with whole-grain cereal and Raisinets
- Sprinkle Raisinets over lowfat yogurt
- Enjoy them with almonds
One final tip that I think is worth sharing. When kids have their after school snack, have them eat at the kitchen table and not in front of the TV or computer. This way they pay attention to what they’re eating. This is taking some getting used to on our end. But, I think it’s a smart idea.
Do you have any favorite snack ideas you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them! Please post in the comment section. Thank you!
More After School Snacks:
Nesquik Peanut Butter & Banana Wrap
Ovaltine Better Bagel Topper