After school snacks are often my demise. I spend time concentrating on what is available to grab and go for breakfast, what the kids can stick in their backpacks for lunch and morning snack time, and what in the world I can throw on the table for dinner that after school snacks sneak up on me.
But they do not sneak up on my kids. As soon as they descend from the bus in the afternoons, their first question is “what are our after school snacks?” And immediately my seconds-long joy at seeing my big kids after a long day away from them is killed by the dread that I don’t know what the heck I have for after school snacks.
Some days I let them forge for themselves. “There’s some crackers in the pantry and I’m sure there’s cheese without mold on it in the refrigerator…I think.” Other days I throw them in the car and head to the nearest drive-thru and throw my grocery money at whatever they’re selling. But not today. Today we have milkshakes for our after school snacks.
I know what you judge-y people are thinking…are milkshakes really appropriate after school snacks? You think surely I could pull something healthier or more creative out for my four kids. Well, you’re wrong. 1. I’m not that creative. 2. These milkshakes are actually healthy.
My friends at Juicy Juice inspired this recipe. Basically the recipe includes any fruit you have, even better if it’s brown or otherwise bruised and your kids wouldn’t normally eat it, 1 cup of Juicy Juice apple juice (or whatever flavor your kids like/you have on hand), some frozen yogurt, and whipped cream for topping. Combine first ingredients in a blender, pour into frosty glass, top with whipped cream and…VOILA…the perfect after school snacks for your brood. Your kids will love you! You will love you!
- 1/2 cup Juicy Juice Apple Juice (more if you want it thinner)
- 2 cups vanilla or chocolate frozen yogurt (or whatever you have/want)
- 1 ripe banana
- Whipped cream for topping
- Mix first three ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream. Makes 2 servings.
Dairy, fruit, and a little sweetness mean you can feel good about handing this to your kids when they get off the school bus. You could even make it a bit early and have it ready when they walk in the door. You will get the super mom award for sure…at least for that day. Try this recipe or some variation and let me know what you think! Also check out this recipe for a fabulous lunch option for your kids or you: Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps.