With our first day of school behind us, Daddy and I have decided Monkey isn’t the only one who can use a little change.  Lately, it has become such a relief to make it to the end of the day that Daddy and I have settled into a routine of munching on junk food as soon as it’s ‘lights out’ time.

In addition to curbing this habit, we would like to start snacking smarter so Monkey has a good example of choices that will satisfy our cravings, and give us the fuel our bodies need.

Here are the five that I thought Monkey would not only enjoy, but could go easily with Daddy or Monkey when they leave the house:

  1. Ants on a Log: Who doesn’t love the childhood classic including celery sticks (the log) filled with peanut butter and raisins (the ants)?  I am going to try to put them in a plastic container to keep them a little neater during travel.
  2. Homemade Trail Mix: Pretzels, raisins or dried cranberries and peanuts.  This is inexpensive and hearty.
  3. Pinwheels: Tortillas with either peanut butter or cream cheese spread thinly and some sort of veggie or fruit.  Broccoli bits work great with cream cheese and strawberries and honey go well with peanut butter.  Roll the tortillas and chill for 5 – 8 hours and then slice into rolls.
  4. Fruit Skewers: Use a melon baller to make even balls of cantaloupe, watermelon and honey dew.  Skewer the balls with strawberries and grapes for a colorful, nutritious snack that goes to school, or works well straight out of the fridge.
  5. Tomato and Cheese Bites: Monkey LOVES tomatoes.  A simple container with grape or cherry tomatoes and cubed cheese is one of her favorites and as long as I pay attention to what cheese I include, it is healthy snack that gets munched right away.

As you can see, I can use help, because I know these will get old fast – especially for Daddy.  What are some of your favorite “on the go” snacks?  Don’t forget to include how you prep them and what I need to do to store them in the lunch box.

Happy Snacking!