By Heidi Drake
“Mooooom… I’m hungry!” It’s a rare day I don’t hear some version of this when I pick my girls up from school or when they're heading outside to play outdoors—despite eating Breakfast #1 at home, Breakfast #2 at school, lunch, and an afternoon snack, they’re ready for more by the time they get home.
They also have dance classes to get to and only about an hour in between, so I’ve got to think fast and healthy. Can’t have sugar crashes in the middle of tap or hip hop! I asked Elise and Maya for their five faves and they were happy to rattle ‘em off:
• Celery with Peanut Butter. Buy pre-cut celery or take a little time to trim a bunch and store the slices in your fridge so they’re ready to be topped with peanut butter. A great source of fiber and protein, and kids love the creamy/crunchy combo.
• Cereal! Pour their favorite breakfast cereal into a bowl and top with some fruit and milk. Quick, easy, and my girls just like having “breakfast” in the afternoon.
• Cheesy Treats. I keep a big bag of grated cheddar (avoid the processed American-style “cheese”!) handy for fast nachos or quesadillas, and usually offer up a fruit plate for the kids to share for a well-rounded snack.