Here are some tips on how to keep meals simple when it comes to the merry-go-round of feeding hungry kids!
- Freeze fruit for “smoothies”. Recipe: In your blender or food processor, combine 1/2 cup orange juice or apple juice, several chunks of frozen banana, a few frozen strawberries, a handful of frozen blueberries, about ½ cup plain yogurt and blend on “smoothie” or puree. A quick, easy breakfast! Add a tablespoon or 2 of peanut butter for some protein.
- Cut up fruits that will not “brown” and keep in a container in the fridge. Everyone will eat more fruit when it is so easy for them to access. Spoon plain yogurt over fruit and some nuts for added flavor!
- Muffins and Scones freeze and heat up very well – keep on hand for a quick breakfast!
- Boil a bunch of eggs ahead of time and keep in fridge for a good protein choice at breakfast. Store up to 7 days in fridge.
- Everyone assumes deli meat is more expensive than packaged lunch meat, but many times, ounce for ounce, it is not. Check it out – you might be surprised!
- If you run out of bread, layer lunch meat and cheese, and roll up. Hold together with a toothpick for children who are old enough. Good alternative to sandwiches!
- Cookies freeze very well. Take straight out of freezer at the beginning of lunch and by the time for dessert they will be perfectly thawed!