With warm weather comes those beautiful, blissful final days of school. Oh, those were the days. The end of school, of course, also culminates in multiple graduations. Those wonderful ceremonies, however, often entail endless afternoons of sitting in the blazing hot sun (if you’re lucky) through hundreds of names (if you’re lucky), waiting for that one special loved one to receive their diploma. Because boredom and heat often lead to hunger, we’ve compiled a few portable, easy graduation snacks that won’t make you that person crunching loudly in the back row. It’ll also save you from getting hangry (hungry+angry), as you’ll likely be surrounded by family of all generations and need to keep your cool.
For a super-classy sweet and savory snack that won’t make noise during the proceedings, prepare some prosciutto-wrapped figs in advance and store them in a small container. Your family will be highly impressed, and you’ll be full and pleased.
Edamame doesn’t have to just be for sushi nights. Purchase some frozen edamame, and simply cook according to the package instructions. Let cool, sprinkle with some salt, and munch away while they’re calling names. Just remember to pack a small bag for throwing out the skin.
All the Cheese
Easy, quiet snacking ability doesn’t even make it into our top five reasons for loving cheese, but it turns out that the lack of pretzel-like crunch makes this essential food group a plus for mid-ceremony snacking. Pack a few cheese cubes (or pre-packaged cheeses) into a bag or container and much away. Just make sure they stay out of the sun! Also… skip the crackers.
If you’re going to sit through many hours of other people’s names being called, you’re going to need some serious energy. Enter: no-bake energy balls! Whip up a batch of these sweet treats and snack away.
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine oats, peanut butter, ground flax seed, chocolate chips, honey, chia seeds, and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Cover and chill dough in the refrigerator, 30 minutes. Remove dough from refrigerator, roll into balls, about 1 inch in diameter. Snack on.