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The lazy days of summer are passing quickly and only a few weeks stand between us and the first day of school. I am in heavy planning mode, cleaning out closets, having the girls try on shoes and hunting that coveted last school supply that no one ever seems to be able to find. I am also stocking up on family favorites that my kids can enjoy when they get home from school. While my mom generally had cookies or some other sweet for me to enjoy, I like to give my kids power foods that help them recharge with the energy they need for homework and after school activities. Fresh fruit from Walmart is always on my list. But the kids sometimes want something more as well. So I toss together my After School Snack Mix at least once every few days for them to enjoy. With Goldfish® Crackers, marshmallows and chocolate chips, they get a little crunch and a little sweet to pair with their fruit!

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As a mom I look for every way possible to encourage my kids. I hug them constantly, tell them how proud I am of them and try to encourage any conversation or activity they want to try. I have learned over the years that even the smallest things can make a huge difference.

Encouragement on an after school snack is a fun smile for kids!

Since Goldfish crackers have always been a family favorite and have always complimented laughter in this house, having them be the star of a tasty snack mix is an easy decision. Pairing any after school snack with fruit is a simple choice and my kids love to enjoy both. Plus, by having several snacks to choose from, my kids can have one off the bus and then munch on the other during homework and reading time. We all know kids like to snack, after all!

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My encouragement bags idea came to me last year when my oldest would get off the bus and just want to hide in a corner reading for a while. She would grab her snack in a bowl and disappear for a while. But if she had homework and I could not let her just hibernate for the week, she would get upset and that time would be harder.

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So I decided that a little positive reinforcement was needed. I started printing encouraging messages once a week on stickers and placing them on her after school snacks. This works especially well on my Goldfish Cracker After School Mix. She can snack and see messages like, ‘You’ve got this!’ and ‘I am proud of how hard you work!’ as she completes her homework.

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By making these bags ahead of time and having them for the kids to grab out of the snack basket, along with their fruit, I can pay attention to helping them get through the rest of the day instead of running around the kitchen trying to find that perfect snack!

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After School Snack Mix Encouragement Bags
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Prep this after school snack mix every few days and put it in encouragement bags to help your kids power back up after school!
Recipe type: snack mix
  • Goldfish Crackers Cheddar
  • Goldfish Crackers Colors
  • Goldfish Crackers Pretzel
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Baggies
  • Ties
  • Avery round stickers
  1. Mix whatever portion of Goldfish crackers into a bowl with the marshmallows and chocolate chips. Meanwhile, print out encouraging messages on your round labels. Stuff the baggies with the mix and tie a ribbon around the top. Place a label on each bag!

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I found my baggies with the sturdy bottom at Walmart while shopping for Goldfish crackers and the other things I needed for my After School Snack Mix. Since Goldfish crackers are now on Rollback at Walmart for only $5.98 for the bulk container, I stocked up!

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Goldfish crackers are great for snacking and mealtime solutions. Put some on the dinner plate to encourage eating and add them to any mix as you watch the latest kids movie together! My girls gobble them up and they are easy for me to serve. It is a win-win for a busy mom looking to make smarter snack choices for my kids!

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What messages of encouragement would you leave on a bag of After School Snack Mix for your kids?