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Mar 10, 2011 11:14 AM

Hungry 13 year old boy on the loose after school

Any ideas of healthy snacks to stock for my son, 13, who is growing like a weed and comes home after school ready to eat anything? Peanut butter and milk and apples are mainstays, but what else?

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    1. Some snacks that work for us: English muffin pizzas; quesadillas; smoothies made with yogurt, soy milk and fruit; a "trail mix" with cheerios, cashews, raisins; hot oatmeal. Looking forward to seeing other replies.

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      1. re: jessinEC

        +1 on the english muffin pizzas and quesadillas. I used to make a little pizza for myself a few times a week after school. My mom just kept shredded mozzarella in the fridge and small jars of tomato sauce. I'd make it in the microwave and didn't mind the sogginess.

        My mom used to also keep paper towel-lined bowls of washed fruit in the fridge for us too--sliced strawberries, grapes, raspberries, blueberries--so we could just stick our hands in there and snack until dinner. Same with sliced carrots, celery, and peppers, and she bought little individual-serve containers of ranch dressing for dipping.

        Other standbys were bags of Boar's Head sliced turkey and freshly sliced provolone so we could make a quick sandwich, or just roll them up with a pickle slice. Hummus and pita chips. Popcorn. String cheese. PB&J. And boy, do I miss these: Stouffer's French Bread Pizzas in the freezer. Those put my english muffin pizzas to shame...

      2. When our son was 13, he'd come home from school and open the refrigerator (which was always quite well stocked) then remark "there's nothing to eat in here". He wanted something he could pick up and take with him to whatever activity was planned for the next minute; he didn't want to assemble anything. Making snacks ahead of time works out quite well, but we found we needed to get his input on what was in the snack. A sandwich, made with something he liked, was one good solution. Flour tortilla rolls with various ingredients combined with a tasty sauce (that could be enjoyed cold or at room temperature) were also good choices. Pasties can be enjoyed at room temperature and the filling options for those little pies are endless.

        1. Hi all,

          Having survived three teen-age boys at the same time, I offer my humble suggestions...

          Oatmeal raisin cookies. Apricot bars. Bananas.


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          1. re: I used to know how to cook...

            Me too! We should compare notes. We went through peanut butter and bowls of cereal. We always had fruit around too.

            1. re: sueatmo


              I bought cheese in 10 pound blocks at Smart & Final. And loaves and loaves of San Luis Sourdough.

              One discovery for me was if I had Pinquito beans simmering on the stove for a BBQ dinner, I'd better have started out with double what was actually needed. Every single person (me included...) who went through that kitchen ended up with a bowl of beans. Before they got their final seasoning mixture, it was beans with butter, salt and ground pepper.

              Yummm... Gotta have those Pinquitos if you're doing a real Santa Maria BBQ!


          2. Try keeping some baked, breaded chicken legs in the fridge. They're easy to take on the go and he probably needs the extra protein. They're even better if you mix the seasoned bread crumb mixture with parmesan cheese.

            Also, what about beef jerky, bagels with cream cheese, cold pizza, celery stalks stuffed with a cheese mixture?