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There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.
Today: Snacks to see your kids through a long day.
Drbabs, a longtime Food52er, is teaching a class on cooking and nutrition and one participant's daughter has two back-to-back after-school sports with just enough time for a snack in between. The mother wants to spice up the daughter’s regular diet of mostly commercial granola bars (while avoiding daughter-vetoed sandwiches and fruit), so drbabs turned to the Hotline to ask the community for their best portable snack suggestions. As always, you came through with a number of ideas:
- Cookinginvictoria likes to give her daughter vegetable sticks and homemade dips, as well as Merrill’s Corn Muffins with cheese or diced ham added into the batter.
- Healthline recommends switching to homemade granola bars and likes serving muffins, too (perhaps ones made with fruits or vegetables).
- Nancy suggests salad in a jar, chunks of cheese, savory filled pastries, or crackers and nut butters (if allowed by the school).
More: Looking for more inspiration for your kid’s lunch? Click here to see some of Amanda’s best ideas.
- Stephanie G likes sending trail mix or boiled eggs.
- Kimhw suggests tortilla roll-ups with a variety of fillings.
- Fat Tony knows it might a long shot, but suggests black bean taquitos, adding: "Wrap them in foil to hold the heat for a bit.”
What are your favorite snacks to pack for the after-school rush? Leave a comment and let us know!
Photos by Kim Boyce and James Ransom