6 Quick and Easy School Time Snacks for the Online or In Person Learner

Summer has come to an end and now it is time to prepare for the school year.

This year might look a little different . . . and because of that six of our Iowa City Moms contributors are sharing their easy, yummy, and energizing snacks that will meet the needs of your child during in person or online learning.

Jazz up some apples like Laura

  • Slice one apple and place in a Ziploc bag.
  • Add 1 tsp sugar and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.
  • Turn on some tunes and shake that bag to coat each sliced apple evenly.

Alternatives: Instead of apples use oyster crackers or popcorn.

Go bananas over Linda’s banana burritos

  • Take a small-ish tortilla and smear it with your favorite nut butter.
  • Place a cut up banana evenly on top.
  • Wrap the tortilla around it and cut into slices.

Go nuts over Dawn’s protein balls – Yields 12-15 balls

Grab some oats, nuts, chocolate pieces, [optional] protein powder, and coconut oil.
  • Place everything into a food processor.
  • Blend until a cookie dough consistency.
  • Roll into balls and store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Megan’s marvelous yogurt parfait

  • Choose a yogurt base flavor of your choice – we like vanilla.
  • Choose your toppings.
  • Cut up some strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, banana, or apple.
  • Add honey, chocolate chips, or granola.
  • I make my own granola.
Alternative: Make your parfait last for days by freezing it into yogurt bark bites!
  • Take your parfait and add some honey and lemon juice.
  • Whisk everything together and spread evenly onto a prepared baking sheet.
  • Place a few more berries on top for aesthetics and freeze for 2 to 4 hours.
  • When ready to eat break into pieces and serve.

No Baking Needed with Mary’s Granola Bars

  • Use 1 cup of natural (and creamy) peanut butter.
  • Heat slightly so that peanut butter is easy to mix with dry ingredients.
  • Mix with 1/2 cup of honey and 2 1/2 cups of rolled oats.
  • Evenly spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (use a rubber spatula to help evenly spread).
Note: Make sure the mixture is packed down tightly with no openings.
  • Freeze for 30 minutes to 1 hour to ensure that everything is completely chilled and firm.
  • Cut up into rectangles or squares and store in the refrigerator.
Alternative: If you don’t have honey on hand maple syrup will also do the trick!

Sherrie’s go to veggie platter

  • Prepare a veggie and dip container at the beginning of the week.
  • Add in an assortment of cut up veggies like tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, peppers, and pea pods.
  • Add in your favorite veggie dip or some Oasis Hummus and snack all week long!

Happy snacking!


Mary, a native of Rockford, Illinois, attended DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois where she received her BA in Secondary Art Education. In 2007, she moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa after accepting a position as a high school visual arts teacher with the Cedar Rapids Community School District. She and her husband, Collin, who is a teacher in the Iowa City Community School District, reside in Cedar Rapids with their daughters, Zoey and Munroe. Zoey is five and Munroe will be turning one in October 2016. In addition to being a full time mommy, full time teacher, and writer for the mom’s blog, she is also a professional artist who has shown and published works both nationally and internationally. Mary enjoys traveling, painting, and most of all, spending time with her family.


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