It’s hard work being a homeschool parent. With all the record-keeping, lesson planning and teaching that are required, sometimes lunch and snack time can be neglected! We’ve come up with some ideas that will help save you money and time while still providing a healthy and balanced diet for your kids. Lunch and or snack time can cause a big bump in your homeschool day if you let it. Help your meal times go a little smoother with these ideas:
Cereal Mix Up
We all know that the tail ends of cereals end up being thrown away. Save those handfuls in an air-tight tupperware container to make for a dry cereal snack later! Those handfuls of cereal add up fast, especially if you have multiple children, and will help to make a quick and easy snack for any age. Simple mix the container, and serve a handful in a small bowl for them to snack on mid-morning. This will make the most of your cereal boxes, and will make a snack out of food you would have normally thrown away. It’s a win-win!
Use little dixie cups or small styrofoam cups to create a cute, quick and healthy snack for kids (or moms!) of any age with a Veggie Cup! Squeeze some ranch dressing into the bottom of the cup, and drop in some carrot or celery sticks. The disposable containers will leave you with no dishes to clean up afterword, and will provide the perfect portion control for your little ones as well as giving them a quick and healthy snack!
If you buy pre-packaged snacks, you can have a basket available that holds them all. Allow your children to choose one thing from the basket for their snack time. Don’t buy pre-packaged snacks? That’s ok! Create your own from full sized packages of snacks, and snack sized baggies. Great things to make an store are popcorn, crackers, dried fruit etc. You can also make a snack drawer in your fridge that contains pre-cut fruits and veggies in snack sized baggies.
Make Your Own Lunchables
Pre-package cubed cheese and cut up lunch meat in small sized bags. Pair those with a small bag of crackers (from your snack basket!) and a fruit of vegetable (from your fruit or vegetable drawer in the refrigerator!) and viola! Lunch is served!
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