Need some easy after school snack ideas? Then you’ll love this DIY Grab and Go After School Snack Station!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The makers of the HORMEL™ NATURAL CHOICE™ brand. All opinions are 100% mine.
I love the summer months for all the free time, late nights full of family fun and relaxed mornings of sleeping in (anything past 7:30 am is sleeping-in to me, lol.) But by the end of summer break, I begin to look forward to getting the kids back to school and in a routine. And – ok, maybe just a bit of peace and quiet for me too!
When the kids were first starting elementary school, I would try to ease them back into the routine of school by gradually sending them to bed and waking them up earlier. Now that I look back, I can see that “easing them back into the routine,” never really worked and now, we just have fun up until the last day summer and start the school routine cold turkey on the first day of school!
I’ve got the lunch packing routine down and with the first day of school just around the corner, I need to work on the homework and snack routines. School lunch is served before noon, and since both the kids ride the bus, they don’t get home until after 3pm. I know they’re hungry when they get home, as it never fails, the very first words when they come in the house are “What’s for snack?”
The time between arriving home, getting homework done and then leaving for either scouts, volleyball or basketball is very short, and I want to make sure they are having a good snack. I am always looking for easy after school snack ideas. To help streamline snack time and encourage healthy choices and portion control, I’ve put together a little grab and go after school snack station in the fridge so the kids can choose their snacks before they settle down for to do their homework.
How to Make a Grab and Go After School Snack Station:
To make your snack station, all you need is a couple of baskets, bins or even an unused drawer that can be dedicated to easy grab and go snacks.
Once you have the container ready, all you have to do is fill it full of healthy snack choices!
A few of our favorite snack station favorites are boiled eggs, carrots, celery and hummus, fruit and the kids especially love the HORMEL™ NATURAL CHOICE™ snacks.
Each of the HORMEL™ NATURAL CHOICE™ snacks includes bite-sized pieces of 100% natural* meat and cheese— all minimally processed, without artificial preservatives or ingredients, so I can feel good about what they’re snacking on. (find out more here.) They taste great, plus every snack ends with a chocolate-covered treat, (which of course is the kid’s favorite part!) These are the perfect finger food for homework time and are even better to grab and go while running errands. You can find these HORMEL™ NATURAL CHOICE™ snacks near the lunch meat aisle. find a store in your area with this handy store locator and be sure to download a coupon here!
I love that letting them choose whatever they want from the station is not only teaching them to make healthy choices, but also gives them some independence and is one less thing I need to worry about!
Don’t forget to download your HORMEL™ NATURAL CHOICE™ coupon and once you’ve tried them, be sure to rate/review them on the HORMEL™ NATURAL CHOICE™ brand website!
Do you have a favorite easy after school snack idea to share? Let us know in the comments below!
*“Minimally processed. No artificial ingredients.”