Snack Lunches

So how was the first day of homeschooling?? After the first official digital learning day, I can actually say that it went better than I was expecting. I only yelled once, the kids got some work done, I got some work done, we cooked together, they read, and only 2 of the 3 kids cried! That’s a successful day in these parts! I hope the day went smoothly for you too. Whether you followed a color-coded chart and marked every activity off your list or you let the kids watch tv for 12 hours straight, pat yourself on the back and know this mama ain’t here to judge. I’ve done both and got lucky that I fell somewhere in the middle yesterday. But I also know we’ve got a ways to go! But if the kids were fed and they’re alive, then I say, well done, mama!

One of our favorite fun meals made yesterday even easier too. Since the kids are home all day, they are eating non-freaking-stop. That is, until I put a meal in front of them! They eat 3,768 snacks all day, then are just way too full to finish their lunches and dinners! But a snack lunch? Or a snack dinner? They are totally on board and love it.

Basically, the Snack Lunch is the easiest (and dare I say, laziest?) meal for kids with the greatest impact. Very little effort and they LOVE it! And it’s great for adults too! I raid my fridge and grab deli meat, string cheese, random fruits and vegetables, pickles, eggs, olives, dressings and sauces, some crackers and nuts from the pantry, throw it all on a big platter, and VOILA! Lunch is served. It’s a big tray of snacks, and they can eat on it as long as they like.

To me, Snack Lunches are not about preparation, they’re about cleaning out the fridge and eating what you’ve got! They are meant to be quick and easy and very fun. So don’t see them as being intimidating, and no pressure to create a beautiful spread! Just collect a good variety of foods from the fridge and pantry and let the kids go for it (after they’ve washed their hands, of course!)! I’ve also found that foods that the kids might shy away from in traditional dinners are more likely to be gobbled up when they can dip them in something tasty and eat them with their hands. Here are some of our favorite snack lunch additions:

  • crackers
  • chips
  • pretzels
  • naan
  • pita
  • tortillas
  • french bread
  • graham crackers
  • deli meat
  • chicken nuggets
  • meatballs
  • tortellini
  • ravioli
  • tuna
  • deviled eggs
  • Chicken
  • sausages
  • pigs in a blanket
  • pepperoni
  • olives
  • pickles
  • grapes
  • apples
  • oranges
  • bananas
  • berries
  • raisins
  • cereal
  • cheese slices
  • string cheese
  • pimiento cheese
  • cherry tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • baby carrots
  • celery
  • zucchini
  • squash
  • broccoli
  • mini peppers
  • mango
  • kiwi
  • avocado
  • popcorn
  • nuts

And dips!

  • salsa
  • ranch
  • spinach dip
  • yogurt with honey
  • green goddess
  • hummus
  • guacamole
  • black bean dip

The best part is you can add anything you want / anything you have on hand and make a fun lunch that your kids will enjoy. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like a snack meal as an adult too?! I’d love to know what you put on your platter for Snack Lunches for your family!

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