Today is day one of summer daycare at our house! My vacation after our “real” vacation is over, and I’m ready to get into a relaxed but somewhat structured summer routine. Brad is sick so only one of the three daycare girls is here today, so I guess I’m easing in gently. 😉
During April and May I worked on simplifying meal-planning in an attempt to keep it from taking so much of my time each week. (Here’s a link to the first post, with links to parts 2 and 3 at the bottom.) I’ll be finalizing our own monthly meal plan now that school is out, the vacation is over, and I’ll have more time at home. My goal is to have everything in place June 1 but I’m well on my way with a list of meal ideas!
One of the things I wanted to include was a list of snack ideas. Not only is this helpful having a daycare in my home (one more “meal” to plan), but having a plan for good snacks also helps keep my daughter and I from grabbing less-healthy options. There are 30 snack ideas on this list, mostly healthy but also some “treats”, so there is something for every day of the month! Several of the suggestions have unlimited variations that you could create, too, to keep things fun and different. For example, chips and salsa are one suggestion and there are a slew of different salsa variations that you can make or buy. Trail mix can be made in a multitude of ways. And smoothie options are endless!
I discovered while making this list that if I keep a core supply of even some of the ingredients, I’ll always have the ability to whip up several different healthy snacks! The main ones I identified are:
- peanut butter (or other nut butter)
- almond milk
- chia seeds
- cacao/cocoa powder
- tortillas or pitas
- veggie dippers
- crackers (I try to find less processed ones)
- tortilla chips
- greens (spinach, etc. for smoothies or wraps)
- frozen fruit
Most of these ingredients will keep for a while, and the perishable produce can be frozen if you aren’t going to get it all eaten before it goes bad. (I throw greens, ripe bananas, and other fruit into freezer bags to use for smoothies.) As noted on the list, the specific recipes from this come from different sources…magazines, blogs, Pinterest. Just do a Pinterest or Google search if need be and you’ll find a slew of options for each, I’m sure!
I’m so excited to have this handy list and I hope you’ll find it helpful, too! Click on the image below to print the list for your own use! Let summer begin!