Both of my kids get out of school around 3 PM this year, which makes for a flurry of activity when they both arrive home after a day of school. Of course, they are right in the midst of their late-afternoon hangries, and, let’s admit it, I’m feeling an energy dip as well. Instead of taking snack orders like a line cook, I am trying out a new system.
At the beginning of the week I make up a week’s worth of snacks for each kid: portions of popcorn, pretzels, cheese crackers, and granola bars. They are also allowed to help themselves to string cheese or fresh fruit. I put the snacks in a small bin that I place on the counter before I bring them home from school. They are allowed to choose one package of snacks from the bin when they get home, and when that snack is gone, it’s gone. No begging or whining. The kids are still adjusting to the system, but so far it has saved me numerous trips to the kitchen to fetch more snacks.
One of the new items I am offering after school are these new Jif® Bars. Jif Bars are creamy, fresh roasted Jif layers partnered with chewy, crunchy granola, they are basically my kids’ dream. They love that they taste like peanut butter and I love that they have about 7-8g of protein in each bar . That protein keeps them feeling full until dinner rolls around.
These bars are available now in grocery stores nationwide, so keep your eyes peeled. You can buy them in three varieties: Creamy Peanut Butter, Crunchy Peanut Butter, and Peanut Butter Chocolate.
Do you have any smart tricks that you use to feed your ravenous kids when they get home from school? If they are like locusts when they are as young as my kids, I can only imagine that it gets worse as they become teens!
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