You know the drill at 5 pm: It’s time to relax. But for kids? That’s around 3 pm. So this school year, make 3 pm a time worth the wait with exciting snacks that fit the bill, no matter what kind of afternoon you’re having. And, like all the food sold at Whole Foods Market, these snacks don’t contain any hydrogenated fats, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners.
The situation: You’re on the go.
Your kids have (soccer/piano/doctor appointments/choose your own adventure) after school. So let’s be honest — a lot of after-school snacking happens in the car. You’ve got to fuel them up — and fast.
Whole Foods Market Snack Breaks. This all-in-one combo pack features individual servings of the snacks kids love, like sliced cheese and meat, crackers and fruit. (You can find them in the Prepared Foods fridge.)
365 Everyday Value Organic Cape Cod Trail Mix. Think: creamy cashews, crunchy almonds and sweet-tart cranberries. They’re practically made for rushed situations.
365 Everyday Value Organic Almondmilk. These on-the-go, single-serving sizes come in 12-packs and are available in Original, Chocolate and Vanilla flavors. They’re dairy-free, too.
365 Everyday Value Mini Organic Cheddar Cheese Sandwich Crackers. Preportion these out the night before, and you’ll be good to go.
The situation: A lot of kids are at your house.
Your kid has friends, and that means they’re going to want to come over. And that means they’re going to want to eat. Rather than going with something predictable, surprise and delight. In addition to the familiar tray of cut fruits and veggies or the bowl of pretzels, add an unexpected treat.
Mochi. This dessert, popular in Japan, is made of bite-size ice cream balls enveloped in sweet rice dough. Visit a Whole Foods Market self-serve mochi freezer and stock up on a rainbow of these soft, chewy treats. Flavors vary by store but look for Strawberry, Vanilla Bean, Matcha Green Tea, Red Bean, Double Chocolate, Black Sesame, Mango and more.
Maîtres Laitiers en Normandie Petit Suisse Montebourg with Fruits. Meet a true French staple that’s made its way to America. Although petit suisse looks like a yogurt, it’s actually a rich, soft double crème cheese. The kids likely won’t care that it’s made from fresh pasteurized cow’s milk in Normandy, France, but they will appreciate its creamy texture and strawberry, peach and raspberry flavors.
A banana split bar. Set up “toppings,” like berries and various nut and seed butters. Spread the nut or seed butter on banana halves and top with fresh berries for a version of a banana split.
A kid-friendly cheese plate. Set out SkinnyPop Sea Salt Popcorn Mini Cakes with cubed cheese.
The situation: You’ve got some time.
The best afternoons are the ones where no one is rushing anywhere and the kids have a long, relaxing afternoon of hanging out — and yeah, maybe a little homework too. Some recommendations:
Build your own crêpes. Start with Whole Foods Market Crêpes. These French-style crêpes come in 6-packs of strawberry and chocolate, and 10-packs of plain — and better yet, they’re premade. If you opt for plain, they can stuff and roll their own with sliced fruit or savory ingredients like ham and 365 Everyday Value Organic Cheese Slices. (We promise it doesn’t take much effort.) Enjoy them at room temperature or warm, if desired.
A new kind of parfait. It’s like granola over yogurt but sweeter — and with a DIY touch. Have your kids crumble Barnana Organic Crunchy Dark Chocolate Banana Brittle over vanilla yogurt.
Make apple “sandwiches.” Take 2 small apples and core and cut crosswise into ½-inch-thick rounds. If you’re not eating immediately, brush apple slices with 1 teaspoon lemon juice so they don’t brown. Spread one side of half of the apple slices with 3 tablespoons peanut, almond or seed butter and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons granola. Top with remaining apple slices. Press down gently to make the sandwiches.