After School Snack Ideas!

If you follow along on my Instagram stories, then you know I like to share my after school snack ideas almost everyday. I started doing this little series as a way to share yummy, quick snacks with other mommas out there who struggle with ideas on what to feed their "staaaarving" kiddos after a long day at school. And of course, they're obviously adult friendly too.

I also started a tradition a while back, where I greet each of my girls with the same saying (in a loud, cheesy, happy voice) as they walk through the door.
"Hey girl, heeeey!"πŸ˜†

A little while ago I explained a bit more on Instagram why I think a good after school snack, having any sort of routine, and happily greeting your kids each day (if possible) is so important to me. I worked out of the house for a couple years and wasn't always able to be home for my girls, but now that I'm mostly working from home, I've been able to see the difference it can make.

"My kids' emotions are typically high after school. Do you have kids like this? I feel like there is a ton of overstimulation at school, and a LOT of being seen but not heard and obeying other people's standards. Hyper, tired, frustrated, ornery, chatty...whatever it may be, I've found that a simple big hug, telling them how much I missed them, and FOOD... of ANY kind, immediately can help my kids shift into a better frame of mind. 
It takes some effort on my part, but it's SO worth it. Less rummaging through my pantry, making messes, overeating... and theres something mentally that feels really good about hearing you were missed. 
I also don't push too many questions right away and allow them to completely check out for about an hour. iPad, phone, book, nap, tv, FaceTime with a friend...whatever. I try to remember how I felt when I was a kid, and I don't recall much, but I definitely remember always feeling tired and hungry - especially as a teenager. Sometimes my girls will talk my ears off, other times they disappear and decompress for the entire hour alone in their rooms. But I find, either way, allowing them to shake off the day however they need to, makes it way easier to get homework done and help later with chores." 

As you know, Instagram stories disappear after 24 hours, so I promised you guys who asked that I'd jot down my after school snack ideas in a post on the blog, so it's easier to reference!

Nothing is fancy, the snacks are made with normal ingredients (usually pretty healthy... sometimes not so much😬) and they're ALWAYS served on a paper plate - duh... easy clean upπŸ™Œ.

Side Notes:
- My pictures are pretty crappy. Most are screenshots from my Insta-story sharing, but just like I tell my kids... "you get what you get and you don't throw a fit" 😝
- I make my girls a pretty good sized snack each day. They all eat lunch at school around 11ish, get home by 3:00 and then we don't have dinner until about 6ish.
- I'm well aware that these snacks aren't anything "that special" or out of the ordinary. But sometimes it's nice to get OTHER peoples ideas, to see what THEY love and feed their families. You know... it's like going to a friends house and rummaging through their pantry/fridge and being excited because they have totally different food than what you would typically buy. (Come on, you know what I'm talkin' about)

Okay, so here we go!
I'm going to post a few picture collages and then list under them, what each after school snack idea is!


Easy Chipotle Cream Sauce

This chipotle cream sauce is SOOOOO good, and super simple! My bestie introduced me to it a few months ago, and it's the yummiest compliment to any kind of Mexican food! I've had this chipotle cream sauce on chicken tacos, burrito bowls, taquitos, tostadas and even drizzle it over grilled meat, if I need a kick of flavor. 
The recipe is really simple. Everything just gets thrown in a blender (I used my magic bullet) together, you blend it up really well, and you're DONE! 


The Best, Easiest Pumpkin Muffins w/ Brown Sugar & Butter Crumble!

Oooooh baby, these pumpkin muffins with a brown sugar and butter crumble topping are SO GOOD, only really have 3 main ingredients and are super quick to make!
Scroll down to the bottom for the easy instructions and recipe! 😘
 I HATE using cupcake liners for muffins, because I always feel like they stick no matter what I do. So I just sprayed (with PAM) my muffin tin, and then dropped a tiny bit of flour into each cup and jiggled it around over the sink to coat everything, so that the muffins would come out nice and perfect in the endπŸ™Œ