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I thought Josh had a busy after school schedule back when he was in elementary school. He had sports practice two nights a week and Scouts once a week. But he generally came home on the bus and his activities weren’t until after dinner. This middle school scene makes that schedule look downright leisurely! Now, sports practices are every day immediately after school. Plus, even though jazz band is just one afternoon after school and Scouts is only one night a week, Josh puts in extra time preparing for meetings and sending out communications because he is the Senior Patrol Leader.
Like most boys his age, Josh is a bottomless pit and is always hungry. I swear he has grown six inches in the last few months. (Okay, maybe not six – but I am almost looking across at him instead of down). I know he needs a snack between the end of school and whatever activity is coming next. Because he doesn’t come home before these activities anymore, it has to be something portable and easy to pack as well as eat. I’ve taken to making little baggies of mixes to pop in his backpack. I can make them up of things he enjoys snacking on and it won’t go bad sitting in his locker all day. Plus, he can even eat it while walking through the halls from one activity to another.
Because Josh has a tree nut allergy (mainly walnuts) but loves peanuts and is fine to eat those, we steer clear of some of the prepackaged trail-style mixes that are out there and prefer to make our own. He also a little picky about what he likes (that might be an understatement) which is another reason we like to make our own. Putting some fun ingredients in the mix ensure that it will actually get eaten and not live in the depths of his backpack until summer vacation. By adding Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks to the mix, I know every last bite will be gobbled up.
Josh’s favorite combination includes a variety of dried fruit like pineapple, cherries, blueberries and cranberries, peanuts, a little sweet touch with chocolate covered banana pieces and both Welch’s Fruit Snacks and Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks.
With something in his stomach, I know he is better prepared to excel at all of his after-school activities! How are you preparing to get back in the swing of the hectic school year?