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can we talk about that dramatic, sometimes aggressive, after-school hunger?! oh my word. if my 1st grader doesn't consume a snack (or just some ((preferably healthy)) food, period) before tackling his homework or even attempting to play with his siblings once he gets home from school, omg. train. wreck. he mentally breaks all the way down and struggles to answer the simplest of homework questions; questions he can normally do in his sleep. the first time this happened, well, i wasn't sure what was going on to be honest! he really didn't either, bless his heart.
Chiso struuuuuggled with his homework for a while that day before handing it over to me to check. i marked several answers wrong, slid it back down in front of him, and he lost it. he slammed his pencil and his fists on the kitchen table and screamed, "i can't do it!!". i kinda just stood there in silence and thought, "the heck just happened?? where did my sweet boy go? did he have a bad day? did i do something to upset him? does my child have anger issues!?". yelling back at him would have been the worst thing to do in that moment. after a series of questions about his school day i finally realized the poor guy was just emotional and scatterbrained because he was hungry! at his school, 1st graders don't get snack time anymore and they are the first class to eat lunch (pretty early, like 11:15). so by the time he gets home, he is famished. Chiso is a picky eater and if he doesn't like the lunch being served at school (or if his appetite randomly changes towards the lunch i packed him), he just doesn't eat a thing. sigh. i told him to stop, breathe, and take a snack break. i gave him a banana and some pretzels & natural peanut butter to snack on while i sat with him and continued to chat about his day. after about 15 min, i asked him if he wanted to give his homework another try, and he knocked it out in mere minutes like it was no big deal. i can only imagine sending him off in the mornings with no breakfast and him trying to learn and pay attention to his teachers! this is a very big deal. (s/n: another reason why supporting Kids' Meals, Inc. is so close to my heart).
all that said, these homemade granola bars are the perfect, healthy after-school and/or after-dinner snack for your entire family! why are these so healthy and good for you and stuff?
because they are made up of easily accessible, wholesome ingredients that you can pronounce. each serving has 4g of fiber and 5g of protein!
they are also suuuuper easy and fun to make, so definitely get the kiddos involved! waaaay better and better for your than the packaged stuff.
the chocolate drizzle is actually optional, but the kids loooove to do that part so you can't skip it :)
i linked some of the ingredient brands i use when cooking below in the recipe!
parents, we've got to set our little ones up for optimal success via nutrition. send them off right and refill their tanks with GOOD stuff. it's up to us.
we hope you and your family love these bars as much as we did and do. enjoy!