How to Reconnect with Snack Time
The pause that refreshes
One of the greatest joys of parenthood is a small child waking up from their nap. They’re warm and fuzzy from sleep, dragging a lovey blankie behind them.
This precious time of life is fleeting.
Before long, afternoon signals the end of the school day. Instead of stumbling down the hall rubbing their eyes, they’re bounding through the door – coats, and backpacks in the wake.
If you have the privilege of spending afternoons with your children, it’s the perfect time to sit down together, pause, and refresh, over a small bite to eat.
The English call this afternoon tea – it’s a fabulous idea in any country.
Benefits of afternoon snack time
A small healthy snack will raise blood sugar, and stave off the crabbies until dinnertime.
Children gain a sense of well-being from predictable routines.
Sitting at the table or on the porch in the sun, while eating a snack, invites conversation. Your children just might 0pen up and talk to you. The older kids get, the more valuable talk time becomes.
An afternoon snack can make a later dinner time possible. As kids get involved in sports and after-school activities this preserves the family dinner hour.
Snack time is an excellent time to regroup and check-in before everyone launches into the last part of the day.
Ideas for healthy snacks
Bowl of soup
Hearty, warm, and an easy way to sneak in a few more vegetables.
Raw veggies and dip
A hungry family will welcome crisp veggies.
Potato crisps and ketchup
Slice a potato thin, bake @450 until crisp – this is an improvement over french fries.
English muffin pizza
A spoonful of spaghetti sauce, add toppings and cheese – pop under the broiler for a few minutes until bubbly.
There are endless variations. See my Pinterest Smoothie board.
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Afternoons are a transition time for many families.
Whether waking up from a nap, returning from school or simply moving from daytime activities to the evening, it is a chance to pause and reconnect.