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With three kids, after school snacks are a serious business around here. They usually come home starving as if they hadn’t eaten for weeks. Then, they all want something different. I end up making 3 different snacks, which means at least one of them has to wait a few minutes longer. I’ve been trying to solve this problem by getting my older two to make their own after school snacks.
My middle child, Mr. E, is very smart and the most self sufficient of the bunch. While they are all very independent, he’s the one who really likes to do things himself. He has loved video games since he was a toddler. When he was little, he’d always ask me to help him figure out what to do when he got stuck. After trying to figure it out myself, I’d search online for walkthroughs. It didn’t take long before he figured out that he could search for these same things himself.
Now that he’s a tween, he amazes me at how fast he can search online and find the answer he needs for just about anything, not just video games, but for his homework, too.
He’s also good at taking care of his sisters, too. He even makes them snacks. (I think he’s going to make a great dad one day.) Lately, I’ve been encouraging him to make his own #afterschoolsnacks that are more than just the typical pb&j. The last time we were at Walmart, I let him choose various snacks he could make himself, and two of his faves were Bagel Bites and Delimex taquitos.
For one snack this week, Mr. E took his Bagel Bites to a whole new level! He started with the Cheese and Pepperoni Bagel Bites. Then, he grabbed chopped onions, crumbled bacon, chopped mushrooms, and some extra cheese out of the fridge and smothered his Bagel Bites in extra toppings before popping them in the microwave.
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For another kid’s snack, I let him experiment with making his own guacamole. It’s one of his favorite dips, and I thought it would be a great experience. He came up with his own quick ranch guacamole dip to go along with one his faves — Delimex Taquitos. He loved it and was so proud that everyone else loved his dip, too!
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Here’s the recipe for his super simple ranch guacamole dip.
- 2 avocados
- 1/3 cup ranch dressing
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- Have a grownup cut the avocados in half and remove the pits.
- Take a spoon and run it around the avocado and pull out the meat for all 4 halves.
- Take a fork and smash the avocados.
- Add ranch dressing, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder and mix until completely combined.
- Serve and enjoy!
I have to confess, these “snacks” were so good, one late night we all had them for dinner with Mr. E’s guac dip!
Do you let your kids make their own snacks? Tell me in the comments what they like to make!