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Summer is coming to an end and many things are changing in our household! Not just with the new baby coming in TWO WEEKS, but also we have a new kindergartner and new preschooler on our hands! With all the changes and exciting new adventures, I wanted to make a list of some fun after school snack ideas to celebrate their day when they return home in the afternoons.
I’m not sure about your kiddos, but mine (especially my 5-year-old son) are always “starving” as they say! I can’t seem to keep up! So sometimes it’s nice to have just a snack to grab and go, but I felt like we were running out of options. They were getting bored with the same old fruit cup or box of raisins. So this got my wheels turning… how can I stop this, “I don’t want that for my snack” response? I want to be able to offer some after school snack ideas that would include the same healthy options, but also tickle their taste buds a little. So I hopped in the car and ran to our local Giant Eagle.
Giant Eagle certainly is our convenient one stop shop for our monthly shopping or even just to grab snack options and go. They offer such a variety of brands and prices, and are always the easiest stop for our back to school lunches and snacks. Let me show you what I came up with by using these products I found, and some things I already had stashed around!
3 Simple and Scrumptious Back to School Snack Ideas!
1. PEANUT BUTTER SUSHI
Schwebels Bread (1-2 slices per roll)
JIF Peanut Butter (approximately 2-3 teaspoons per roll)
Fillers: Bananas, Raisins, or any other preferred combo!
- Take one or two pieces of bread, depending on the amount you would like to have, and slice off the crust. Lay on top of some plastic wrap.
- Use a rolling-pin or something flat to roll out the crust. You don’t want to roll it out so much that it becomes too brittle, but you do want to stretch out the bread enough that it will roll nicely.
- Slather on your peanut butter, and place on some of the toppings you chose! Don’t over stuff, or the “sushi” will fall apart.
- Gently use the plastic roll the sushi. This can be the tricky part! You want to make sure it rolls tight enough that it will stay together, but not so tight that you tear the bread.
- Once it is rolled well, wrap tightly with the plastic wrap and place in the freezer or fridge to help the roll harden for slicing.
- Remove from plastic wrap and slice immediately before serving.
2. PIZZA DIPPERS
1 Can Crescent Rolls
Pepperoni Slices (approximately 3-4 per roll)
Giant Eagle String Cheese (Mozzarella: 1/2 stick per roll)
Pizza Sauce (preferred amount for dipping)
- Preheat oven to suggested temperature on the crescent roll packaging.
- Place triangles of crescent rolls out onto baking sheet.
- Layer pepperoni slices onto each triangle.
- Place string cheese onto the base of the triangle and begin to roll up crescent.
- Bake according to the crescent roll packaging.
- Let cool, and serve with pizza sauce for dipping.
3. FROZEN OREO PUDDING POPS
Snack Packs (Pudding) Vanilla Flavored (1 pudding cup per pop)
Oreos (1 per pop)
- Carefully spoon 1 pudding pack per popsicle maker.
- Using a fork, smash oreos onto a plate.
- Layer oreos onto top (which will be the base) of popsicle maker.
- Place stick/cap onto popsicle maker and place in the freezer.
As I mentioned above, both of our kiddos will be starting school and we are having a baby in a matter of a week apart! Knowing that Giant Eagle has my back for the products I need to make life easier is so reassuring. That puts my mind at ease. So now what about the kiddos? They just want to snacks! ha! No seriously… I know these transitions can be exciting, but also sometimes nerve-wracking and plain scary.
To help brighten my kiddos day I created these adorable printables! They can easily be siting on their after school snack plate, inside their lunch bags, or I can even sneak them into a pocket/ back pack. It reminds me of when my mom used to write me messages on my napkin and placed it inside my lunch box. I always felt so special when I had a surprise message! I knew she was thinking of me, and I felt closer to her! So I wanted to continue this tradition. Just print these out, cut them ahead of time and keep them in that kitchen drawer for random items. (We all have one!)
I pray that all of our little ones (young and older) have safe, healthy, and uplifting school year! I know that our first few weeks will be a little bumpy, but with these fun snack ideas, printables, and the help of Giant Eagle… I know we WILL survive!
You now know my back to school secret is Giant Eagle. So here is my BIG question for all of you “Back to School Veterans”… How do YOU survive this?
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