Healthy Snacks that even the Fernandez Fam will eat. Seriously.

I know I’m technically a SAHM – (that’s Stay At Home Mom for all you non-moms out there). 

But really.  I will never ever ever ever be the mom who has homemade cookies and freshly made lemonade for my kids when they come home from school.  In fact, does any one really do that?  Because I think I would have to hate them.

Anyway.  Doesn’t change the fact that my kids are starving when they get home and I need to feed them.  And it would be oh-so-easy just to give them a bag of chips and call it a day.  (and yes, I have done this before – more times than I care to admit).

But I am a work in progress.  And I am trying to make better eating choices for the kids…something that does NOT include an oven (ours has been broken for six months now if that tells you anything…) and is somewhat on the healthy side that my kids will actually eat.

healthy snacks

If you look closely, you will see a yummy snack of grub worms, crickets and a tarantula. This was Shane's idea. Needless to say - it did not go over well.

Healthy Snacks (that do not involve insects or arachnids).

Frozen Applesauce – okay really, I know.  How easy is that?  But it is amazing how just sticking something in the freezer all of a sudden makes it much more appealing to kids.  I use the no-sugar added kind.  And once it is frozen, it has kind-of an ice-cream consistency to it, so kids like it more!  We also do the same with yogurt.

Homemade Trail Mix – I got this recipe from a nutritionist I used to work with.  It has protein, fruit and complex carbs – which give kids energy (not that my kids need anymore) and keep them full until dinner.  All you do is mix Whole Wheat Chex, dried cranberries, unsalted almonds and a some dark chocolate mini- chips.  This is also great for the car – each kid can have their own bag. (Mama has her own stash).

Popcorn w/ cinnamon and fruit – My kids love popcorn.  But instead of butter and salt – air pop some popcorn and sprinkle with cinnamon and dried cherries.  I promise you, the kids will not know the difference.

“Satellite Snacks” – Again, how easy is this?  Low-fat cheese cubes with pretzel sticks!  Kids can make structures with them too (especially if you are Tristan and would rather play with your food than eat it…).

Peanut Butter and Waffles – a fun alternative to the PB&J!  Spread some peanut butter on a low-fat whole grain toaster waffle. 

And whatever you do – don’t try Shane’s “Survivor Food Contest” at home.  It will guarantee sick kids (and a beyond grossed out mama). 

kids eating

Tristan is looking none too pleased with his dad's meal selection.

Happy Snacking!  For more healthy snack options – check out Parenting.com.

Seriously, this is for real.  Shane thought it would be “super fun” to host a Survivor Food Challenge.  He was even going to pay the kids to eat this.  Needless to say – if we were stranded in the wild – we would all starve.  Except for Shane.  Yes people,  this is what I  live with on a daily basis. 
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The Two Longest Weeks EVER. Or God Bless Mother’s Day Out.

I love my kids.  I really do.

And I know I chose to stay at home to be with the lil’ darlins. 

back to school time

Look at these angelic faces...

But OH MY GOSH.  If Baby J’s school hadn’t started this week – I’m pretty sure I would be committed by now.

Back to school night

Back to School Night...Baby J does not share our excitement...

 I’ve come to the conclusion that 40 is WAY too old to have a toddler running around.  Especially a toddler like Baby J.  WHO NEVER STOPS. EVER EVER EVER.

Eating dog food.  Decorating our house with rolls and rolls of toilet paper.  Emptying out the contents of our pantry all over the floor.  Washing the same load of clothes 5 times (she has figured out how to use the washing machine…sigh.).  Taking off her diaper because she would rather pee on the floor.  Falling down over and over with so many bruises, I’m thinking we will be reported to DHS. 

life with a toddler

She also likes to help with the trash. As in dumping it out every where.

And forget the fact that I can’t even go the bathroom by myself – let alone take a shower.  I now share my shower with a toddler who won’t let me shave my legs (sorry Shane) and screams while I try to wash my hair.  

bath time with toddler

Yeah - we don't have an attitude problem at all...

And riding in the car?  Ummm.  Not so much.  “Mama-mama-mama-mama-mama-mama-mama-MAMA-MAMA-MAMA!!!!!  Until I finally turn around.  Then it starts all over again.  This is what I get to listen to every time I strap her in.  So much for my meditation time.

Running errands with her?  Again.  It is BRUTAL.  So I’ve been trapped at home with the munchkin for two weeks straight while the other kids started school (lucky ducks). 

life with a toddler

Just another super-fun day with Mama and Baby J.

 I can’t even make it to the liquor store – so you know I’m in dire straits…

(News Flash:  AFTER my two weeks of confinement – my mom friend Nancy enlightened me that the liquor store at 41st and Peoria in Tulsa will watch your baby for you while you run in and grab your mommy juice…I mean Chardonnay…WHY did I not know this before???)

I’m not cut out for staying at home.  Just ask my parents – apparently I was on the go as soon as I left the womb. 

SO whoever invented Mother’s Day Out should get a Nobel Peace Prize. 

I’m going to buy her a bottle of wine right now.   Guys at Old Village Wine and Spirits – Thanks in advance for watching Baby J. 🙂 

P.S.  And I am SO very far behind on recognizing my blog winners!  (Blame Baby J).  Congrats to Jean Crosswhite, Carrie Bergstrom and Shannon Wilburn for winning the PSI Bands and the goodies from Vintage Couture from my fashion show post.  I’ll be contacting you guys soon w/ your goodies. 🙂