This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
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Do you remember coming home from school as a kid feeling absolutely starved? I remember just being mentally exhausted and so hungry after school, as if I hadn’t eaten all day. There’s something about learning and playing all day that just takes it out of you.
Now that my daughter is starting Kindergarten (which I still can’t believe), I’ve been trying to get as prepared as possible. I even started a Pinterest board featuring food for kids because I am struggling to come up with new snack ideas for after school.
After-School Snack Ideas
Frozen Blueberry Yogurt Kabobs
Faux Cookie Dough Dip (made with chickpeas)
Snack Baggies or Bento Boxes
I also really love the idea of creating a dedicated spot for snacks. Create a bin in the fridge just for snacks or make a snack drawer like I did. Pre-package snacks with baggies or little Gladware containers.
Some examples of foods you can pre-package are:
I also love the idea of doing snack Bento boxes with things like apples, peanut butter and cheese.
After-School Drink Ideas
My girls love smoothies as long as they don’t know they are good for them, so by offering smoothies loaded with healthy ingredients that are equally as filling as they are nutritious, I feel like I’m winning! Here is one of our go-to smoothie recipes:
2 Cups of a2 Milk® Whole Milk
Two Handfuls of Fresh or Frozen Strawberries
1 Ripe Banana (I like to freeze mine)
(Optional) 2 T Chia Seeds or Flax Seed
(Optional) 1 Handful of Spinach
(Optional) 1/2 Avocado
Toss your favorite ingredients into a blender and serve ice cold (with a fancy straw, of course).
A Glass of Milk (with cookies)
Lots of families avoid dairy products because of a sensitivity, but we have found that we don’t have any tummy troubles with the a2 Milk® products. Their milk comes from specially selected cows whose milk is free of the a1 protein, which is the root of many’s milk-related issues. If you have milk-related tummy problems, this might be a good option for you.
About a2 Milk®
Milk contains different forms of beta-casein in the milk solids, which makes up about 30% of the protein content of milk. Thousands of years ago in Europe upon the domestication of cows, the a2 variety of beta-casein mutated to what is now known as the a1 protein. Nowadays, cows are producing a mixture of a1 and a2 beta casein, which is not the way nature intended it to be. The a1 protein has been known to be the cause of lactose intolerance issues in many people. The a2 Milk® Company™has figured out a way to produce milk only containing the a2 protein from carefully selected cows. This is the way milk was supposed to be – pure, chemical-free, and naturally fresh tasting.
Studies show that one in four Americans experience some level of abdominal discomfort after drinking milk. Most of these cases are self diagnosed, with only 5-7% being clinically diagnosed as lactose intolerant.
a2 Mil® is a real milk product and is a replacement to overly processed alternatives on the market these days. Rather than cutting milk out of your diet, I encourage you to give their products a try. Visit www.trya2milk.com to learn how a2 Milk® is giving you the chance to try their milk for free. You can also enter to win a trip to Australia!