"Mama, do you have a snack for me?" They are the words I hear every day at preschool pickup. Sure, all kids are hungry after a full day of art and circle time and yoga (yes, she has yoga on Fridays at her preschool...hilarious, right?). And on those days she has ballet after school, I know she needs a bit of food fuel before she heads into that dance studio clad in her little purple leotard.
But, as I may have mentioned to you all on more than one occasion, my child is a snacker of epic proportions. Playing or watching TV or traveling to hip-hop class to anytime is snack time. It got to a point that we had to make a snack chart, so she knows she can't have 143 snacks a day (she's gets two snacks a day and unlimited fruit). And when I say "snacks," I'm talking whole-wheat crackers or soy chips or string cheese, not treats or candy or potato chips.
Though we have set limits, and the choices of what she can snack on are (mostly) healthy foods, it is tough to come up a variety of portable snacks for her. Especially now that the weather is getting better here in NYC and we are out and about more, that ability to toss a snack in the bag is a must. And don't get me started on how expensive some of these healthy-yet-portable, pre-packaged snacks are!
So, I'm on the search this week for great, healthy snacks we can all take along as we go about our days -- to have in the car, in your purse, in that baby bag to have ready so we don't have to rely on the choices in the vending machines or snack truck.
Do your kids love snacks? What is your favorite one these days to take on the go?