Are you a busy mom? Most moms these days are rather busy. And being a busy mom, it is never more crucial to keep your hunger satisfied. I’m a busy mom. And I struggle keeping my hunger at bay. But it is crucial we keep our hunger in check so we can function well as a busy mom. We all know a hungry Mama is a grouchy Mama. Not to mention, one of my personal goals for this new year is to resist the urge to visit Fast Food joints as my hunger picks up at the dreaded afternoon hours. The best way to combat this issue is by making sure you always have easy snack ideas on hand. Grab your snack instead of making that fast food stop.
Easy Snack Ideas
It is well know that 3 PM is the time when hunger tends to increase. That’s why I love to keep a great supply of easy 3 PM snacks on hand that I can grab quickly. And not just for myself, but for the kids as well. Mama isn’t the only one that gets grouchy when she gets hungry. Kids do too. Often times we are running errands or the kids are arriving home from school and looking for something to eat before dinner. 3 PM is the key time to be prepared with quick snack ideas for the hungry kids or to combat the desire to visit the nearest Fast Food joint.
There are lots of great ways to have a quick 3 PM snack ready with just a little planning once a week. Such as throwing your favorite Kellogg’s cereal into a bowl of yogurt. The kids love to come home and have a bowl of their favorite Kellogg’s cereal in milk after school. Or making a kid friendly trail mix out of Kellogg’s Corn Pops cereal and Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Cereal.
In just 5-10 minutes one day, I am able to make enough kids trail mix recipe snack bags to last us the full week! The kids were over the moon! They take a bag to school in their backpack for when they get hungry at recess time. And I have more made up in portion bags in our snack basket for when they get home from school.
I seriously love how I can get a full week’s worth of snack trail mix bags ready in just a few minutes. First decide how many snack bags you need for the week. And then that is how many you will need to prepare in one sitting. Once you are finished making up the trail mix bags, put them in a cute basket in the pantry (for organization purposes) and you are now done until next week!
Kids Trail Mix Recipe for easy snack ideas
- 1 cup Kellogg's Corn Pops
- 2 cups Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats
- 1/3 cup Roasted Almonds
- 1/4 cup Salted Party Peanuts
- 1/4 cup Honey Roasted Peanuts
- 2/3 cup Mini Marshmallows
- 1/4 cup mini Chocolate Candies (optional)
- Pour all ingredients into a big bowl and toss until well shuffled.
- Portion out into individual snack bags.
- I portioned 2 cups kids trail mix mixture into each sandwich bag
- Store in snack basket in pantry or purse for when the snack attach hits.
I ended up tripling the recipe in order to get enough snack bags for our family for the week. Each batch usually makes around 3 sandwich bags of kids trail mix with 2 cups each. So you can adjust that as you see fit for your own family.
I also like to keep a bag of the kids trail mix in my purse for when I’m around town and get hungry. I can reach for our snack bag to keep me from stopping at the nearest Fast Food Joint. My kids love coming home from school, grabbing a snack bag of kids trail mix and munch while they work on their homework.
Be sure to visit Kelloggs.com/GreatStartTips to view more Tips and read more from Team Kellogg’s on great 3pm Snack ideas!
Where would our easy snack ideas and kids trail mix recipe come in handy for your family?
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