Thank you to Milford Valley for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own. And in this case, my kid’s!
Are your kids about to climb off the bus? If you’re anything like me, you can barely get a hug or a “how was your day?!” in before the dreaded request comes… “Mama, I’m hungry!” I swear these kids are bottomless pits. It’s like that Scary Mommy menu meme of breakfast, second breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and the refusal of dinner. That means I’ve gotten much more clever with our after-school snack to thwart their shallow snacking efforts.
After School Snack Munchies
For my two little bottomless pits, snacks need to count. I have a strict new rule of “no snacks after 4 pm” because it’s too close to dinner, but then that 2:30 snack needs to last! I’ve made popcorn with a chocolate drizzle, fruit bowls, ham rollups and the like, but those darn kids would rather eat a whole bag of cheese crackers… what to do with these growing humans??
Quick to Make
They want cheese? You got it. I have a quick new solution that’s hearty and filling for an after-school snack. Their new Stuffed Chicken Minis line bakes up in my toaster oven in about 25 minutes. That means I can pull them out to cool on a tray while I step up to the bus stop. When the kids walk back in the door… VOILA!! An after-school snack that makes me Mom of the Year!
See each of those compartments below in my clear tray? That’s a serving size! 5 giant pieces filled with chicken, spices, cheeses and other items like ham (MOAR protein!) will really pack a punch against your child’s hunger pangs. The best thing is that there is ZERO sugar in our favorite flavor, the Chicken Cordon Bleu and it still packs 22g of protein in one serving!
Milford Valley Stuffed Chicken Minis are really flavorful. Instead of being your typical oven baked fried chicken product, the spices and flavorings balance nicely with the meats. You can find all three flavors at your local Publix in the meat section central coolers (ours didn’t stock them with the frozen foods but with the nuggets close to the Butchery). Scarlett helped me pull out the Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Minis, Stuffed Cordon Bleu Chicken Minis, and Stuffed Jalapeño Chicken Minis into our cart.
Now for a fair shakedown on these flavors… Red didn’t find anything “hot” about the buffalo Minis. I didn’t either (I can take a very small amount of heat) but Scarlett sobbed that it was too spicy for her! She was much more content with the Cordon Bleu Stuffed Chicken Minis. I grabbed some produce-section ranch dressing for a naturally flavored dipper that cools down any heat you might get from the hotter flavors. Chase really enjoyed the Buffalo and Jalapeno dippers (seen below) but the ranch is a much-needed addition!
Personally, I’d easily stock our freezer with the Cordon Bleu Stuffed Chicken Minis. From 0g of sugar to 22g of protein and a double-kid approval, that’s going to be our top choice!
I can already tell my kids were happier, busier and satiated with their after protein filled school snack this week. As we head into the weekend and start to schedule more playdates, I’m thinking these minis need to make an encore appearance in our kitchen. I know a playdate snack break of Stuffed Chicken Minis would be a welcome sight for both my kids and their guests. What will you be making for your kids? Will you choose the Buffalo or Cordon Bleu?
If you want to pack a punch with your homework after your snack, try creating a serene reading nook with a few accessories and a coat of paint. This under the stairs reading nook is my kid’s favorite place to grab a book and settle in!