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For those of you w/kid's who go from school to sports & other extracurriculars...What type's of snacks do you pack for them to eat between school & sports(or whatever else they have going on)? I'm making a list of ideas, along w/some of the stuff I have on hand now but would love to see what your kids are eating. Maybe we can all give each other some new ideas.

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Last updated: Sep. 5, 2013 10:42 am
Posted: Sep. 4, 2013 11:16 am
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Photo of: Playgroup Granola Bars

Playgroup Granola Bars

Submitted by: PREGOCOOK 
Home Town: Denver, Colorado, USA
Living In: Dhahran, Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia
My girlfriend brought these granola bars over for a playgroup one morning and ever since they've been a staple! 
Recommended by: Doubletigers
Sep. 4, 2013 11:22 am
My girls like granola bars and apples.
Sep. 4, 2013 11:24 am
Yes, these are good! I make mine w/mini M&M's.
Commented by: lisa
Sep. 4, 2013 11:23 am
I have 2 kids who have different tastes in most foods so it gets tricky but here are a few things I either send now or ideas I have come up with(PLEASE share yours's a long road ahead & my kids get bored w/the same ole same ole)....trisuits w/laughing cow cheese wedges, pretzels or celery w/pb, protein or granola bars, beef stick, string cheese, fruit, veggies & dip, lunchable, muffins(homemade, of course), quick breads(banana & coconut are DD's favs), mini rice cakes(son loves the cinnamon struesel ones), frosted graham crackers(2 graham crackers w/frosting spread between them. Esp. good after a day or 2 because the graham crackers soften up), pb & j sandwich, chips & salsa, granola(homemade or store bought). That's the extent of mine. We TRY to keep it on the healthy side.
Sep. 4, 2013 11:25 am
see, I knew you had mine covered :)
Sep. 4, 2013 11:29 am
Well, except trail mix! I should make my own cuz(again) the kids like diff things in each of theirs. 2 of the kids won't touch raisins, 1 will. They all like diff kinds of nuts. Plus I'm sure it's much cheaper to make it.
Sep. 4, 2013 11:32 am
I get the nuts and the craisins when they are bogo, don't like raisins either. :P
crockpot queen
Sep. 4, 2013 12:14 pm
I make mine with dried cherries and pecans. I don't mind raisins, I just love my cherries ALOT more. (Therefore, my kids must too, 'cause Mom said so lol)
Commented by: linda2d
Sep. 4, 2013 11:23 am
sorry, I'm the "kid" that needs snacks, but I buy the snack size zipper bags and like to blend my own trail mix. If a cooler is available I also like finger fruit, raw veggies, cut up cheese and crackers. Very basic, so you probably have those covered, but I like them because I don't have to scarf them down when I'm on the move.
Sep. 4, 2013 11:27 am
Yes, that's exactly it! My daughter actually has a little over an hour between school & practice but they all stay after & do homework & have snacks so they can take whatever, really. My son eats quickly on his way over to the tennis court...a short he's more likely to just have a granola bar or beef stick. If they're traveling to games, obviously they can have a more leisurely snack too.
Sep. 4, 2013 11:42 am
Sounds like they can have a cooler, so here are a couple more....veggie pizza topping in a wrap or with crackers, yogurt, cottage cheese, pasta salad, coleslaw, meatballs (cold or hot), chicken salad, turkey jerkey, carnitas and cheese in a tortilla, can you tell I tend to look for protein? It's my only defense from all the carb overload that usually jumps to mind first. :)
Sep. 4, 2013 11:44 am
My son loves apple slices w/ peanut butter on them. Broccoli and Carrot sticks. My daughter loves any dried fruit, red pepper and cucumber slices. I make fibre and protein pack muffins and breads. Always pack yogurt or a smoothie to go as well. My son doesn't start basketball until October, but when he does I'll need ideas too! I am thinking of packing him an extra sandwich wrap or bagel w/ cr.cheese to eat on his way home from practise. And coconut water instead of the sugary sport's drinks!
Sep. 4, 2013 11:49 am
I like to do anything with nuts. I will do granola bars, granola bites, rice cakes or rice chip thingies, celery and small snack containers of PB, oatmeal raisin cookies, carrots with snack size ranch dip, homemade applesauce muffins with nuts and raisins in them, yoguart sticks, 100% juice boxes or water bottles with sugar free lemonade sticks.
Mrs. J.
Sep. 4, 2013 11:50 am
One of my favorite treats is a cored apple filled with peanut butter. I made that in my home ec class 30 years ago for the segment on children's lunches, and I have enjoyed it ever since. Also, I find it helpful to keep small bags of nuts around for "emergency food." They could keep well in a locker. I'm gluten and dairy intolerant - so I never know when I will have access to food that I can eat.
Sep. 4, 2013 11:54 am
my son likes garlic & herb cream cheese wraps, Wowbutter and honey wraps, cream cheese and bacon on a bagel, hummus and veggies or triscuits, lots of sliced fruits and vegetables, homemade muffins, usually I bake for the team when they travel by bus, I can't wait to make Westcoastmom's cookies for their first bus trip! We are peanut and tree nut free at school and hockey so I use the Wowbutter a lot in baking or wraps etc
Sep. 4, 2013 11:54 am
Oh, and the sandwich wraps I make start with whole wheat tortilla, cooked chicken breast, shredded lettuce, carrots and cheese with a little ranch dressing. My daughter likes ham and cheese roll ups only, lol!
Mrs. J.
Sep. 4, 2013 11:58 am
I don't see fresh dates mentioned anywhere. I like them stuffed with walnut halves. I like Iranian dates, which are very soft. I get them at my local health-food store. Also good, when I could eat it was cous cous salad with peppers and pine nuts.
Sep. 4, 2013 12:01 pm
thanks 4taals, the kids will love the cookies! I make them so much, I can do it blindfolded! lol, oh darn, which reminds me, I just went shopping and forgot the dried cranberries! :(
Sep. 4, 2013 12:05 pm
Mrs. J. I love dried apricots and prunes too, so soft, I mash them up and put them in baked goods. They are really good in carrot oatmeal or morning glory muffins! I'll have to try the dates with walnuts :)
Mrs. J.
Sep. 4, 2013 12:10 pm
Sep. 4, 2013 12:18 pm
Oooo, so many good ideas!!
Sep. 4, 2013 12:34 pm
Westcostmom have you tried dried cherries? I was thinking that might be good as well.
Sep. 4, 2013 12:36 pm
no I haven't, but have been wanting too! I've done just about every other dried fruit though. The dried cherries are tart like the cranberry, so probably a really good sub!
Mrs. J.
Sep. 4, 2013 12:38 pm
My girlfriend used to make a really good fruit salad by putting fresh fruit with dried fruit and nuts in orange juice in the fridge overnight. It was more filling than just a plain fruit salad because the dried fruit and nuts swelled and became "meaty."
cocoa eh
Sep. 4, 2013 2:01 pm
We do many fruit salads. Almonds dipped in Nutella spread, pepperettes and cheddar, cheese curds and crackers, 3 bean salad, homemade pizza loaf, when I can get my act together. If they are in the car, I prepare pasta in the thermos and they eat it on the way to swim practice.
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Sep. 4, 2013 12:37 pm
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Sep. 4, 2013 2:16 pm
You've got a lot of response! I used to pack gummies, dried fruit, sandwich, apples, granola bars, trail mix, rice krispie treats, chips, individ. crackers, etc
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Whole Grain Breakfast Cookies

Submitted by: IrisMac 
Home Town: Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA
Breakfast cookies made with whole grains like rolled oats, flax meal, and whole wheat flour have the flavor of dried cherries and chocolate chips for a tasty breakfast on the run. 
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Sep. 4, 2013 2:20 pm
Lisa, these are really good.
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Fast English Muffin Pizzas

Submitted by: RHONDA35 
Home Town: Rio Hondo, Texas, USA
Living In: Austin, Texas, USA
Fast and VERY kid friendly.. they can make them and all you have to do is bake them! Pizza sauce, cheese and their choice of topping makes this a great snack or anytime meal! 
Recommended by: ellie
Sep. 4, 2013 2:33 pm
lisa...I'm sorry I'm so late to this party because your question and ideas apply to us so much... we are on the go every night after school and now that my son is older his practices often end late which means he is looking for that late night snack when he gets such thing as a closed kitchen here... :) this is a favourite quick snack...lots of great ideas on this post...thank you!
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Sep. 4, 2013 3:02 pm
I pickup my 2 DGDs then we have to wait 30 minutes for DGS while the girls are starving. They like this better than hummus. One has to count carbs so I use this to fill a Boston lettuce leaf & roll. Or I place some frozen grilled chicken strips in a dish with some balsamic vinaigrette to thaw in the fridge. Make lettuce wraps with this, cheese, celery & carrot sticks. They love these.
Sep. 4, 2013 3:12 pm
I have one small thermal tote for cold drinks, another for snacks, string cheese, a tote for 100 calorie snack packs, wet wipes, wild colored dishtowels to go over the girls' laps. I look like I'm moving!
Commented by: Volleyballmom
Sep. 4, 2013 7:34 pm
Hey Lisa, just catching up from the day. We do hard boiled eggs, hummus and veggies, healthy muffins, protein bars, and I tend to keep thinly sliced chicken or steak around for wraps. DS will eat them with only the meat and raw peppers, sometimes hummus on there too.
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Sep. 5, 2013 10:42 am
I have had five teens in my house (now down to three) and each has their own faves. This was my oldest son's favorite muffin to take between school and practice. I make tons of mini muffins when I could then freeze in large freezer bags and pack three or four into a snack bag. Lots of muffins for individual tastes he always liked the savory ones ;)
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