Easy recipes your family will love

Grab-and-go snacks for young athletes and busy kids

Here are two easy make-ahead recipes that kids can grab and go. I use mason jars for the portability, and you can customize the toppings to the kids’ preferences. Both are great sources of protein and full of fibre. Make a big batch on Sunday night and you can have snacks for the week. I use almond milk, but any milk or milk substitute will do. If you choose skim, add some healthy fat with yogurt for a creamy result. 

Morning Oats

INGREDIENTS

  • Old-fashioned oats (not steel cut or quick)
  • Milk (almond milk or milk substitute will also work)
  • Greek yogurt (plain)
  • Various toppings

INSTRUCTIONS

The base recipe uses 1-part oats to 1-part milk and ¼ cup Greek yogurt. Stir all ingredients in a bowl, then choose your flavour and refrigerate overnight.

FLAVOUR OPTIONS  

Apple pie: Layer chopped apples, pecans, maple syrup and cinnamon with the base oats recipe.  

PB&J: Layer your favourite jam and peanut butter (or nut alternative if taking to a school event) with the base oats recipe.

Chocolate banana: Add 1 tbsp of cocoa per 1 cup of basic recipe with 1 tbsp of maple syrup or honey. Layer with chopped bananas.

Overnight Chia Pudding

INGREDIENTS

  • Chia seeds
  • Milk (almond milk or milk substitute will also work)
  • Honey or maple syrup
  • Your choice of flavours

INSTRUCTIONS

The base recipe uses 1 tbsp of chia seeds to ¼ cup of milk. It’s important to stir well and then let it set for a few minutes, then stir again to avoid lumps. Add either honey or maple syrup to sweeten and refrigerate overnight.

FLAVOUR OPTIONS

Blueberry crumble: Add fresh or frozen blueberries with granola. 

Strawberry cheesecake: Add 1 tbsp of cream cheese to base recipe and stir well. Add fresh or frozen strawberries and layer with crushed graham crackers.

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