So the Homeschool Review Crew challenged us to share about snacks in our homes. Snacks here are the responsibility of the one who desires a snack. We don’t plan and everyone is on their own. I don’t have to worry too much about the girls snacking on unhealthy treats. I don’t know why but they all seem to get that a snack needs to have some umph to it so they choose healthy 90% of the time. So what do they choose?
- bell peppers (we tend to keep these sliced in the fridge)
- nuts (we keep almonds and pecans all the time and peanuts when it is requested by those who can eat it)
- hummus (often eaten with bell peppers or pita chips)
- cereal (we keep a strawberry cereal similar to Special K but a lot cheaper and yummier and we often have rice crispy cereal)
- carrots (one child loves ranch dressing with hers)
- graham crackers
- nut butter and honey (we keep both peanut butter and almond butter)
- slice of bread with butter or honey or a nut butter
- roll ups (tortilla with lunch meat and/or cheese)
- cinnamon roll ups (tortilla with butter and cinnamon sugar)
- muffins (when I have made them for breakfast and we have leftovers)
- chocolate milk/chocolate almond milk
- slice of bacon (they can all cook it in the microwave and clean it up easily)
- grapes (if we buy them they have to be reasonably priced and look good)
- strawberries (in season, otherwise they don’t taste good)
- other fruits, in season (peaches, plums, sometimes apricots, pears, etc.)
- summer sausage (we buy this sliced as a treat sometimes and a few slices with cheese make a fabulous snack)
- trail mix (nuts, raisins, craisins – each one makes her own combo)
- granola bars (we tend to keep these for dance bags so they can have a decent snack if they get hungry between classes)
- peanut butter crackers (make with crackers and a nut butter)
But what about those unhealthy times? Well, we keep cookies around for lunches or packed dinners. Sometimes they ask for that. Ice cream is another of those treat snacks but most often it is after dinner. We have recently had a bunch of candy around that was freeze dried (a fun, special experiment sent to the girls by grandparents) and that made it to snacks a number of times.
Because the girls have proven themselves pretty good decision makers when it comes to food, we allow them free reign in the kitchen when it comes to snacks. They know they can get something healthy when they are hungry. They have all chosen to ask if they would like something that is unhealthy.
Today, we had a fun snack time that inspired this post – mini s’mores. It fit into the unhealthy snack category but was tons of fun and fulfilled a science lesson. Miss J is working on kitchen chemistry and today’s lesson was about the oils found in nuts.
Did you know that Brazil nuts are extremely high in oil? You can actually light one on fire. So, this is what she did to experience the oil burning. Using that flame from the burning nut, the girls made mini s’mores. They broke graham crackers into small pieces and used toothpicks to toast mini marshmallows. They added the toasted marshmallow and a chocolate chip to the graham cracker pieces. They were cute and tiny. They had a lot of fun and really enjoyed having a different kind of snack.