4 Easy and Healthy After School Snacks

Thursday, October 19, 2017
This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid®.

As soon as my daughters walk in the door after school, they are starving. They both eat lunch rather early in the day, so by the time the afternoon rolls around, they are primed and ready for food. While they'd prefer to grab a bag of pretzels or chips from the pantry and munch away until the bag is empty, I'd rather they opt for a snack that's slightly more nutritious.

The problem with food that's healthy and nutritious is that it also has a very short shelf life due to having no preservatives. I love to have fresh produce on hand for snacks and meals, but if I don't use it within a day or two, it spoils, and it's often difficult to justify that kind of monetary waste. When I discovered that Rubbermaid® recently released a line of storage containers that extend the shelf life of your produce, I couldn't wait to try it. FreshWorks from Rubbermaid® solves the dilemma of keeping your produce fresher for longer.

Rubbermaid's FreshWorks line of produce saver storage containers have a patented FreshVent technology to keep produce fresh up to 80% longer* than store packaging. Unless you buy your produce from a farmer, the produce you purchase in a grocery store could have been picked up to a week prior to your purchasing it. That means that once you get it home, you'll want to prolong the freshness as long as you can. FreshWorks helps you do just that.

Thanks to FreshWorks, my after school snack game is strong. Here are 4 easy and healthy after school snacks that are made easier when you use FreshWorks produce saver containers.
Prepared hummus makes this snack super easy to pull together on hectic days after school. Just scoop it out of the container and add some carrots, celery, and crackers or any other items for dipping. There's nothing worse than reaching for the celery and finding that it's limp. Keep it crisp and crunchy by using Rubbermaid's FreshWorks produce savers.

In addition to being an excellent after school snack, this yogurt parfait makes a great dessert too and a healthier alternative to cakes and cookies. You can either buy packaged granola or make your own. I've done both, and I find many packaged varieties to be just as delicious as homemade. For an added boost of protein, try Greek yogurt.

FreshWorks produce saver containers features a FreshVent lid which regulates the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide to create an optimal environment so produce stays farm fresh. Each container is sized to keep produce fresher, longer.

The beauty of a cheese plate is that it can be anything you want. You can add different types of cheeses and different fruits and crackers to suit your needs. My kids love a basic cheese plate with a dried fruit and nut mixture and grapes. Grapes are one of those fruits that spoils quickly. Since I've been using FreshWorks for grapes, they've been lasting at least an additional week. I've been making fewer trips to the grocery store to shop, and I've been wasting a lot less fruit.

There's no easier way to get your daily allowance of fresh fruit and veggies than from a smoothie. But I've always opted to buy them rather than make them at home, primarily because my produce spoils quickly. But with FreshWorks, I've started making smoothies for breakfast, when I come home from the gym, and as after school snacks. Not only am I saving money by making them at home, I am also saving money on wasted produce by using the FreshWorks produce savers.

Included in each FreshWorks container is a CrispTray™ which works by elevating the produce away from the bottom of the container where moisture collects. The tray also promotes proper airflow to help prevent spoilage.

To learn more about Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers and other tips for preserving your produce, click HERE.

*Based on strawberries in FreshWorks™ containers vs. store packaging. Results may vary depending upon produce and use.

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