5 Super-portable after school snacks
We know moms are always on the lookout for after school snacks, especially those you can grab and go with when it's time to pick up the kids. Here are a few of our favorite perfectly-portable snack ideas.
Fresh fruit cups
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You're always telling them to eat their colors, so why should snack time be any different? Fill reusable containers with your favorite fruit chunks and you have a healthy delicious snack ready to grab and go. Laura from Pink Cake Plate says it was quick and easy to chop up fresh fruit and divvy it into five cups.
Carrot and celery sticks
Crunchy and fresh, carrots and celery sticks are perfect for popping in a container — like these stackable Glad MatchWare Rounds. Fill a second container with their favorite dip for a kid-pleasing after-school snack that makes moms happy, too.
Skip the additives and make your own homemade dressing with this simple ranch dressing recipe from Catherine McCord at Weelicious.
Clementines and chocolate bars
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Heading from school straight to soccer practice? These energy bars will be gobbled up by your little soccer stars. If your kids aren't old enough to peel their own fruit, pack peeled clementines in a sealed container to keep them firm and fresh.
Hummus, pretzels and grapes
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Want a snack packed with protein? Grab an individual-size hummus and add crackers, pretzels or vegetables for dipping. Sarah from the blog Bentorrific packed her daughter some seedless grapes and hummus with a pouch of pretzel stick dippers.
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Nuts are one of the most portable snack foods out there. Pack up individual portions to have a filling, healthy snack on hand whenever you need a little pick-me-up. Almonds are a true super food, but they're not low in calories, so take the advice of Lisa from the Snack Girl blog and measure out 1/4-cup snacks, which contain the following nutrition: 163 calories, 14 grams of fat, 6.1 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of protein, 3.5 grams of fiber and no sodium.
Roasted pumpkin seeds
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Did you know 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds contains 28 percent of your daily value of iron? So, when you're cutting open that pumpkin, save the seeds! Roast them in the oven and top them with your favorite spices — sweet or savory. Chili lime, cinnamon sugar or olive oil and salt are tasty ways to spice your seeds. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for one or two months.