After School Muffin Tin Snack Tray

With the kids both in school the last few years, it's made me want to be very intentional with the time that we have together. I remember coming home from school so often to my dad making a snack tray for my brother and I, and talking together in the kitchen, and that's something that I love remembering from my own childhood, and I want the same thing for my kids. 

Over the last several months, one of my favorite bloggers, Merrick's Art, has been sharing these fun muffin tin snack trays on her instagram, and I've been dying to try it with my own kids. It's the perfect way to give your kids a small sampling of lots of different fruits, veggies, and special treats without over doing it before dinnertime since the portions are so small. 

A good rule of thumb that I like to try and stick to when I'm making a snack tray in a muffin tin is to do one row of fruits, one row of vegetables, one row of carbs, and one row of proteins. This way I can make sure that all the major food groups are being hit, and my kids will have enough balanced nutrients in their tummies to last them until dinner. 

Our Favorite Muffin Tin Snack Tray Foods: 
Pick a few snacks from each of these categories to make a well balanced muffin tin snack tray. 

Carbs: mini muffins, pretzels, fruit snacks, mini marshmallows, veggie chips, mini cookies, chocolate chips, and granola.

Protein: PAW Patrol Mozzarella String Cheese, or PAW Patrol Colby Jack Snack Bites. Pepperoni, lunch meat, nuts, beef jerkey, trail mix, and hard boiled eggs.

Fruits: Apple slices, mandarin oranges, grapes, dried fruit, strawberries, and blueberries.

Vegetables: Mini cucumbers, carrot sticks, edamame, jicama, celery, tomatoes, dried chickpeas, and broccoli.

What are your go-to after school snack ideas in your house? I'd love to know in the comments below!

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