Best Preschool, Daycare or Kinder Program Snacks ALL(most) kids love!

  • Cookies
  • Cereal
  • Pretzels
  • Yogurt
  • Sliced Veggies and dip
  • Smoothies
  • Pancakes and fruit
  • Graham crackers and Cheese
  • Brownies
  • String Cheese

Okay, that’s a simple list, but how complex does it have to be? Take that same list and if you have dietary guidelines or allergies you have to consider, make you life easy and go through for a rotating snack list. Honestly 2-3 weeks works great!

So here is the same list:

  • Cookies- Now this could be a dietary guideline issue. Cookies could be vanilla wafers- these are great with any fruit, a fruit dip or spread or whip. Don’t forget though cookies could also be a butter cookie topped with fruit (like a mini fruit pizza) or oatmeal raisin cookies, whole grain doodle bugs, fig newtons, etc.
  • Cereal- Kids love cereal plain. Since generally have a hot breakfast, cereal is a great snack for us. The varieties are plentiful and can easily be ate plain or with a side or into a homemade trail mix.
  • Pretzels- self explanatory, goes well with a fruit side, a dip or in a trail mix if you’re wanting to change it up a bit.
  • Yogurt- This is a favorite snack or “treat” my kids say. We make it into a “parfait” in small mason jars for the kids with fruit and the option of granola. However, if a kiddo is extra hungry or needs a quick snack, we have plenty of yogurt on hand to do so.
  • Sliced Veggies & dip- one of my favorites because it can be prepped easily and a large container is easy to grab if the kiddos need more.
  • Smoothies- although fruit seems the most obvious and likable, and as weird as it may seem. Zucchini or spinach based are actually among the top favorites with my kiddos. A great way to get in those veggies in daily. A blender can be prepped with the veggies & fruit and placed in the fridge, then added to the base and made quickly right at snack time. Or pre-packing your “mixes” in the freezer saves so much time!
  • Pancakes & fruit- Kids never get tired of pancakes. Generally we make multigrain and spinach. Even though the kids have pancakes on their breakfast menu every other week, they still love the minis for snack with a side of fruit or fruit whip spread.
  • Graham Crackers and Cheese- As you know, virtually any cracker works, but I found the cheese on the graham cracker kids love! That hint of sweetness in the sandwich satisfies. My kids love it!
  • Brownies- Now, like cookies, there are healthy versions. From oatmeal bakes to “fudge” bean brownies. If allowed these make a great menu change up that kids love!
  • String cheese- what can I say, kids love them and there are many varieties out now!

I hope this has blessed you and allows a you to create quickly a versatile spring semester menu! Enjoy your break! Happy Teaching!

Sloppy Joe Casserole

Want a dinner that can feed a group of hungry men or kids? Sloppy Joes are a favorite among many kids, and tucking in veggies or a can of veg-all in the sloppy joe mix is one way to get their vegetables in, my preschool kiddos LOVED it, but another filling way to get your vegetables with a favorite (sloppy joes) is in this casserole! Best of all, it is SO SIMPLE!

Fry 1 & 1/2 pounds of burger in your frying pan.

When browned, add your favorite sloppy joe sauce, my kiddos eat anything, but LOVE Manwich BOLD the best!

After warming, place ready “sloppy joes” in a lightly greased 9X13 cake pan, if closer to 2 pounds of burger a lasagna pan (deeper) works as well. Next add 4 cans of green beans. Either kinds works, but french style bakes the best in this casserole. Spread evenly throughout the pan. Set aside.

Mix as indicated on the box of mashed potatoes for 10 servings. (*OR if you have left over mashed potatoes after a dinner, this will work too.) Spread evenly and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. OPTIONAL_ But so delicious! (The last 10 minutes top with shredded cheddar cheese.) Walla! Dinner is served!

Enjoy & Happy Baking!