I don't know about your kids, but mine always seem to be hungry and asking for snacks. Besides the fact that I feel like I'm constantly cleaning up kitchen messes, I'm not much of a snacker myself and the whole thing just drives me nuts! I'm also fairly health conscious, and therefore don't buy a lot of pre-made foods like chips, crackers or other pre-packaged foods.
Since I'm always trying to come up with relatively simple, healthy and quick snack ideas, I thought maybe some of you were in the same boat, and this may bring new inspiration or remind you of snack options you had forgotten.
- Popcorn - I pop it on the stove, spray with some olive oil and sprinkle things like Parmesan cheese, salt, cheese flavored popcorn topping (I know, not so healthy!). My issue with this - time. My plan is to make extra and save it in zip lock bags for a day or two.
- Mini Muffins - When I make up a batch of muffins, I try to make about half in the mini size. They are the right size for my three year old, and not quite as messy in her hands as a full sized one. I got the mini muffin pan at Ross for around $5 a couple years ago.
- Trail Mix - Expensive if you buy pre-packaged, but I'm thinking it would be much less so if you bought all the ingredients separately in the bulk section? I'll let you know once I do it :)
- Ants on a Log - Remember this from being a kid? It's how I get my kids to eat celery. Just take celery stalks, put peanut butter down the center and top with chocolate chips (or you could do raisins). I cut it into bite sized portions for my daughter so that it's easier to eat and doesn't get "stringy".
- Granola Bars - Okay, I'll admit I have issues with this one. I don't know why, but I feel guilty when I feed this to my kids...........but I still buy it. Go figure. Anyway, it's on my TO DO list to try making it from scratch.
- Apples, Oranges, Bananas - My kids aren't crazy about fruit. If I give them some peanut butter to dip the apples or bananas in, sometimes they'll go for it.
- Carrot sticks & dip - My daughter likes it buy my son has to be made to eat it.
- Yogurt & Smoothies - I like this one except for two issues. One - it's not very filling. Two - the mess drives me crazy (3 year old)...
- Applesauce - My mom and I canned some up a couple years ago and I still have quite a few jars left. My kids didn't like it for a while, but just recently decided they do again.
The other issue I have with snacks is TIME. They all take time to whip up! I'm hoping that with a little more pre-planning and organization I'll be more on top of the snacks issue. Those are my ideas for today. What do you do for snacks? I would love to hear!