More Snack Ideas for the Peeps…

After writing the last post on lunches for the kiddos, I felt better……but now what do we do when they come home after school and they are hungry, hungry, hungry.  HELP!!!


Okay, here are some fantastic ideas that I found for great afternoon snacks.

Real Simple

Love the snack station for the fridge loaded with bunches of healthy stuff!  Here is the list from Real Simple for this snack station:  

Refrigerator Snack Station
Jar of peanut butter (preferably the natural kind, for dipping)
String cheese
Yogurt
Grapes
Assorted crudités—baby-cut carrots, celery sticks, pepper slices—in plastic bags
Orange segments
Lunch-meat roll-ups (like turkey-and-Swiss or ham-and-Cheddar)

Tub of hummus (for dipping)


Real Simple

Pantry Snack Station


       Fish-shaped crackers (best bet: the kind sold at health-food stores that don’t have          hydrogenated oils)

    • Real Simple kids’ mix: Cheerios, raisins, almonds, pretzels, and chocolate chips
    • Fruit leathers
    • Graham crackers
    • Pretzels
    • Cheerios
    • Almonds
  • Raisins or other dried fruits
Now that we have after school taken care of, here is an interesting party idea……kids snack station at the appropriate height requirement……
Apartment Therapy…..and last but not least handy snacks for packing up that diaper bag for the toddlers….

I’m in love with these cute reusable snack bags from Harriet’s Haven.  What a great idea for those snacks in the diaper bag.

….and reusable makes it even better.  No more ziplock bags in the trash.

You can purchase these bags at etsy.com/harrietshaven

Do you have snack ideas for your kids that are easy and fast to put together as well as healthy…..would love to hear from you.

Until next time….
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Lunch, Lunch and More Lunch

In light of all of the publicity about childhood obesity and school lunches…I wondered to myself how will I keep it interesting for my child over the school years.  She is only two and goes to Mothers Day Out twice a week.  I’m already lost on packing lunch.  I’ve already felt that her lunches have become boring……how will I make it thru elementary school????

So, I started researching lunch ideas to keep it exciting and also to keep her trying new foods.  I am very blessed that I do not have a picky child.  I found a few really great websites that I wanted to share….they have helped me already to try some new things for my child and even for my husband’s lunch box.

www.easylunchboxes.smugmug.com

www.wholesometoddlerfood.com

http://www.toddlermealplan.com  –  Love this site.  Great Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Hope this helps.  It has definitely been a big relief for me to be able to have some more ideas…..and don’t forget the notes in the lunchbox for those preschoolers and beyond…..kids love a little extra encouragement throughout the day.

Happy Cooking!

Contest Time!!!!

 
Okay Guys! I’d love to break 150 facebook fans….200 even better so It’s contest time and the giveaway is a hooded toddler towel. My most popular item. The winners will pick boy or girl and then I will send fabric choices to choose from. They will also be monogrammed with childs initial and name! Read below for details…

1. If you’re already a fan, just comment ON THE POST that you’d like to win. Refer people to The Little Chick and wheckn they become a fan and comment on the post have them put YOUR name, too, as the referral…
2. If you’re a new fan, comment ON THE POST with the name of the person that referred you.

This time, there will be *TWO* giveaways – one hooded towel for the new fan and another towel for the current fan. So, the more people you refer the more chances you have of winning! Drawing will be Thursday afternoon.

Good Luck!