Unless you “shop the perimeter” of your grocery store, you have probably encountered packaged snacks at some point. The packaged snack industry spends billions in marketing campaigns trying to convince consumers that their products are wholesome and healthy. When in truth, most have ingredients we can barely pronounce let alone know what they mean.
As a mother of two young kids, it’s impossible to get around not having snacks. I am constantly on the go with them on after school activities, play dates, and park outings. Unfortunately, kids are just not programmed to “hold their hunger” until we get home; and I’m not sure I would want them to. Have you seen a screaming 3 year old because they are hungry, tired, and crabby? I have. It is not pretty.
Packaged snacks have grown in popularity primarily because they are convenient, abundant in variety, portable, and portion controlled. Every couple of weeks, I prep a few snacks that will provide my kids with choices. I am notorious for Googleling recipes, trying them out, searching through pinterest, looking through recipe books… until one catches my eye. I found this picture with no instructions yesterday and I challenged myself to figure out a way to make a few of these ahead of time. Because what good is it to have healthy, homemade snacks if you don’t have them ready when you need them? This morning I made the apple and peanut butter sandwiches, froze them, and tested how long it took to defrost. In two hours at room temperature they were crispy, the apples had not browned, and they were delicious! The difficult part was only eating one!
Makes 4 Servings
- 2 Apples
- Natural Peanut Butter
- Chocolate Chips -optional
- Granola -optional
- Core apples. Slice horizontal.
- Spread peanut butter on each side of apple slice, add a few chocolate chips and granola (optional).
- Close slices to create an apple sandwich.
Each apple yields 2-3 sandwiches (depending on size). You can prepare the sandwiches, freeze on a cookie sheet and then transfer into a large zip bag. Take out of freezer in the morning, pack in lunch bag, and your child will have a snack for lunch or after school. Easy, delicious, real ingredients.