Back to School Balls
Guess who started school today?
Can you believe it?! Two years ago in August, she was still such a baby:
…and now she’s heading off to school with a backpack, a lunch box, and big kid underpants! Gah!
I can’t think about it too much. It’s just too crazy.
Instead, let’s talk about balls.
My sister and I, well into our thirties, still give our mom grief about how healthy our lunches were when we were in school. The other kids were bringing pb&j on white bread and gushers; we were packing turkey sandwiches on sprouted whole wheat and fig newtons (if we were lucky). We still give her a hard time about the lack of “junk” in our brown paper sacks. But secretly, I think we’re grateful.
Because now that I’m a parent myself, I get it. Would I buy Lila gushers? No, probably not. And yep—she eats her sandwiches on sprouted whole wheat bread. I admit to buying fig newtons every now and then. I guess my mom taught me well.
Still, I do want her to have treats to look forward to at lunch time as well. I made these balls as a healthy, no-bake snack to include in her lunches for school this week.
No Bake Back-to-School Chocolate Chip Oat Balls
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp. chia seeds
1/2 cup finely chopped salted peanuts
Mix ingredients well. Roll into balls. Keep refrigerated for lunches and snacks!
I packed one of these in Lila’s lunch today—we’ll see if it’s there when I pick her up this afternoon. Hope you have a great day!