My youngest daughter gets home from school at 3:00 pm. Since my oldest daughter is homeschooled, she is already in the house. Both of the girls act like they are starving at 3:00 pm, so I feel obligated to give them something to eat. I don’t, however, want it to be something that is going to ruin their appetite for dinner, which I serve promptly at 5:00 pm. The following is a list of grocery items I keep on hand to feed my girls when they feel like they just can’t wait any longer to eat.
1. String cheese: I purchase a block of mozzarella cheese and cut it up into individual sticks. Of course, you can always get the pre-packaged string cheese that is sold in the grocery store. String cheese is a good source of calcium and vitamin A, but more importantly, it is low in calories.
2. Granola bars: Skip the granola bars that are covered in chocolate and go for the all-natural ones. I like to buy the granola bars that have honey in them because that gives the snack the sweet taste the kids like.
3. Peanut butter: Again, I like to stick with the all-natural and organic brands for ultimate nutrition. Peanut butter is great because it can be spread on a piece of celery, used to top a cracker, or eaten plain. Both protein and fiber are found in peanut butter.
4. Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is extremely good for your digestive tract because it contains healthy bacteria, such as acidophilus and lactobacillus. It also contains protein and calcium, and has significantly less sugar than traditional yogurts.
5. Deviled eggs: I tend to use Egglands Best eggs when I make deviled eggs because they are all-natural and come from vegetarian fed hens. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and contain such vitamins as B-12, B-2, riboflavin, and vitamin D.