We are officially three weeks into the new school year and are settled back into our routine. One thing this Mom needed to remember – especially with three growing boys- is to make sure we are always stocked up on after school snacks. See my kids arrive home about a quarter after two. There is still about 4 hours before dinner and three of my four kids have a lunch period before 11am. When they walk through that door they know my rule, it is straight to the dining room for homework above anything else.
Food truly is fuel for the brain though, and I understand it is hard to concentrate with an empty stomach. I have so much going on myself, at this time of day, that I don’t always have the time to cook a pre-dinner meal. As easy as it is to toss them a bag a chips, really that would just be filling them temporarily with lots of salt and empty calories. They need something quick, but with substance. They need Hot Pockets.
I try hard when doing my weekly shopping to keep the freezer stocked with fast snack ideas they enjoy. Toward the middle of the week the cabinets and fridge start to look bare. I often find my husband enjoying school snacks set aside for the kids, on his lunch break. Thursday was one of those days I took a peek in the freezer, only to realize I had nothing to offer the kids! It was time to round everyone up and hit our local Walmart in search of #HotPocketSnacks
Hot Pockets are a great choice for larger families as well. Since my kids all like something different, it’s hard to please everyone. Hot Pockets offers a truly wide selection of varieties to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters, and I can always count on Walmart as the place to find them all. You can check out our entire shopping trip in my Google+ album.
They must have known we were coming, because they had a new display in front of the frozen aisle featuring family Hot Pockets value packs!
As always, I let each of my kids pick the variety they like best, grabbed a few other items and we were back to business as usual. They arrived home from school and headed straight for the freezer. Making a traditional Hot Pocket is as easy as slipping it into the crisping sleeve, popping into the microwave and letting it sit for 2 minutes.
Just as my kids like different varieties, they all eat their Hot Pocket in different fashions as well. My oldest eats his in the crisp n' carry sleeve – Mom likes this because it’s less mess! My middle son savors every bite by cutting it in two’s because it looks like more – you've got to love a kids logic.
Hot Pockets help get us through that rough transition between the school day ending, homework needing to be complete and them wanting some time to relax. Full mouths and stomachs mean less complaining, more homework doing, and peace for Mom during what is normally the most hectic time of our day.
What is your after school snack routine like? Do you or your children have a favorite variety or style of Hot Pockets?
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