Sunday, March 2, 2014

Snacks for Kindergarten! Dye-Gluten-Nut-Free

I've been a lot lazier about packing snack this calendar year, since more and more of it has been coming home uneaten lately. Either she just isn't as hungry, or else the snack parents are bringing more fresh fruits and veggies. And Pirate's Booty. Plus we've just been sleeping in a lot later, so I often don't have time.

On the days I forget, I just toss in a pouch of GoGoSqueeze and a single-serve bag of Angie's popcorn or PopChips that I buy when they're super cheap. They often come home unopened.

Monday, 1/13/14
Dairy-free "Ranch" kale chips, 1/2 organic apple
 She used to like these kale chips, but this time she said they were too spicy. Oh well. Mama's are better anyway.

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Tuesday, 1/14/14
GF cornbread, sweet potato chips
 I baked a cornbread mix in a shaped cookie pan with great results, and sent one in her snack with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on the other side.

Wednesday, 1/15/14
Naturebox Cool Ranch Peas, dye-free maraschino cherries, Earth Balance vegan cheese puffs
The night before had been Family Night at E's co-op preschool, and we brought dye-free maraschino cherries (and dairy-free whipped cream) as our contribution to the potluck fruit salad bar. Both girls went ape for the pink cherries, and we only had a few left in the jar by the end of the evening.

Thursday, 1/16/14
GF Cosmos Creations Cinnamon Crunch, organic apples
The girls love all three flavors of corn puffs we've tried from Cosmos Creations. I can only have the Butter flavor (which is dairy-free, ironically,) but Cinnamon Crunch is by far their favorite.

Tuesday, 1/21/14
GF Qwackers cheese crackers, organic carrots
Qwackers are the closest thing out there to Goldfish that are gluten-free, but they're really expensive - around $8 for 6 little packets, and I don't think they make them in larger packages. There's a gluten-free market up near Nana's house that carries them though, so at least I don't have to pay shipping too. I keep them on-hand for quick grab-and-go treats, and in their "emergency" snack bags for school, in case snack parent brings Goldfish crackers. These ones were the remainder of a packet opened for E at her co-op preschool earlier in the week. I don't know how long they're good after opened, and now that I found a place that carries them, I don't have to be as stingy with them!

Thursday, 1/23/14
GF Orgran Itsy Bitsy Bears,  Earth Balance vegan cheese puffs
I bought some of these gluten-free Itsy Bitsy Bears cookies to sub for Teddy Grahams for snack and such. But on Amazon, I had to buy a case. So I took boxes to the various grandmothers' houses, so they'd have "safe" treats on-hand for visits, and am trying to figure out an eco-friendly way to parse out the rest into mini packets so I can keep some in their school snack stashes. Reusable snack baggies aren't air-tight, so they'll get stale or soggy pretty fast. And the plastic freezer jam jars I'd been using have the same issue. I hate wasting all those Ziploc snack baggies, but I might just have to go that route. Oh well.

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