We’ve come up with 7 simple snacks that are quick to make (or prepare in advance), and will have them craving a cold, nutritious glass of milk to wash it down.
Does it seem like your kids are always snacking these days? Zipping from Zoom classes to the fridge in search of a quick bite? It does to us too. We need something healthy, delicious and fast to satisfy our kids so they don’t automatically reach for the store-bought processed snacks. So we’ve come up with 7 simple snacks that are quick to make (or prepare in advance), and will have them craving a cold, nutritious glass of milk to wash it down.
Remember, all dairy milk — whether it’s whole, fat free or flavored — provides 9 essential nutrients that kids need to grow up strong and healthy. It’s also naturally protein-packed with important vitamins like vitamin A to help maintain a healthy immune system, B vitamins for energy, plus calcium and vitamin D, which work together to keep bones healthy.
Ready, set, time to snack!
1. Overnight Blueberry Almond Oats
If you need a snack that your kids can grab without interrupting your day — this is our go-to. Combine rolled oats with milk, blueberries and a handful of other goodies for a healthy and filling mid-day snack. The best part of this recipe is it can be made up to 3 days in advance. Get the full recipe for our Overnight Blueberry Almond Oats.
2. Apple Cinnamon Peanut Butter Waffles
Toss a frozen waffle in the toaster and then get ready for the toppings! Smear a little peanut butter on your waffle. Pile on chopped apples tossed with cinnamon. Finish it off with a drizzle of honey. This snack just craves a cool glass of milk to wash down the peanut butter goodness.
3. Blackberry Almond Butter Graham-wich
Almond butter and blackberries are a little-known food pairing that create flavor magic. Make an easy almond butter and blackberry sandwich using graham crackers instead of bread. Wash it all down with a cold glass of milk.
4. Simple Strawberry Chocolate Milk Smoothie
No one can resist the combination of chocolate and strawberry. Luckily this smoothie packs both in one delightfully sippable glass. To make this simple smoothie: Combine 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup Crystal Creamery chocolate milk, and 1 banana. Blend until smooth. This recipe will make 2 servings so you get a mid-day treat too!
5. Yogurt-Covered Banana Pops
Are your kids popsicle lovers? Give them a healthier version with this banana pop instead. To make this sweet treat: Cut a banana in half. Stick two halved paper straws into the cut ends. Dip the banana in your favorite Crystal Creamery yogurt flavor, and set on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Top with your kids’ favorite toppings like chopped nuts, dried fruit, sprinkles or chocolate chips. Freeze for at least 1 hour or up to 1 week. Serve your banana pop with a delicious glass of chocolate milk.
6. Loaded Apple “Fries”
Why should french fries have all the fun? To make this healthy snack: Cut an apple into spears. Drizzle your “apple fries” with sunflower seed butter (pro tip: Warm it in the microwave if you have thicker sunflower seed butter). Then top with your kids’ favorite toppings — cereal, nuts, granola — the possibilities are endless. A glass of milk is the perfect pairing to this delightful mid-day treat.
7. French Toast Sticks
Make your weekend breakfast stretch further by turning Sunday morning French Toast into Monday afternoon French Toast Sticks. Just make a little extra French toast on the weekend, slice into sticks, and serve! Pour up a tall glass of milk as a refreshing lift to your french toast. Pro tip: You can dip in traditional maple syrup or dunk in yogurt for a protein boost.
Want to know more about Crystal Creamery milk? At Crystal Creamery, we like to say “local is fresh.” Our milk is delivered fresh each day from our local and family farms. As California’s oldest family-owned dairy, we’ve been bringing together families and communities with the freshest dairy since 1901. We take pride in delivering products you can trust, so grab a glass and taste how fresh “local” can be.