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One way to help tame the bustle of the school- and workweek is to prepare snacks ahead of time. These are some family snack-time favorites that are both wholesome and taste as good on Friday as they did on Monday.

Hummus Making a big batch of hummus is as simple as throwing all the ingredients in the food processor and giving it a whirl. Chop up some veggies for dipping, or spread it on toast or pita bread.

Hard-boiled eggs Everyone has a method they swear by, and mine is to use a handy egg timer — it gets it right every time. We eat this protein-rich snack with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. A squirt of ketchup or hot sauce would be a nice addition, too.

Frozen banana bites This healthy, sweet treat takes less time to make than you might think, and they store beautifully in the freezer.

Basic olive oil granola Homemade granola keeps well in the pantry or in the fridge, and its crunch makes it a satisfying snack. Eat it with yogurt, a splash of cold milk, or straight out of the container.

Cheese cubes with fruit (See recipe in video.) Simply chop up firm or semifirm cheese (we love cheddar, Gouda, and swiss) on Sunday and store in Ziploc® Brand bags to eat throughout the week with berries, grapes, or dried fruit.

Banana muffins Banana bread has the special quality of actually improving in flavor and texture with some time on the counter. Make it into muffins for easy portioning and even individual freezing.

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