Snack Ideas

The trick to snacks is to not have to spend too much thought or time making or coming up with snack ideas. By preparing in advance you eliminate the urge to just grab a cookie or bowl of ice cream because it’s a habit. I even post a list of the fridge to eliminate the “Mom I’m hungry! What can I eat?” routine.
If you’re really ambitions, which I’m not, you can set out a plate of an assortment before the kids get home from school. You’ll find yourself eating it with them, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Vary what is on the plate slightly each day to keep in interesting.
Snack ideas:
Proteins:
  • a handful of nuts
  • hard-boiled egg
  • crustless mini sandwiches (tuna, chicken, cold cuts, PB&J, grilled cheese)
  • cheese cubes (you can skewer alternating cheeses or cheese and meat cubes on toothpicks)
  • string cheese
  • yogurt
  • pudding cups or make your own
  • crackers topped with a slice of cheese and meat (can add their favorite mustard if they like that)
  • toasted soy nuts
  • trail mix
Vegetables:
  • celery and peanut butter
  • baby carrots and dip
  • cherry tomatoes
  • broccoli and dip (Cook for a minute or two covered in the microwave with about a Tlb. of water. It makes it bright green and not quite so bitter.)
  • sliced peppers
  • sliced cucumbers (Peel a cucumber in stripes, reserving part of the skin. Slice lengthwise and sprinkle with a little salt or serve with dip.)
Fruit:
  • apple slices (with or without dip)
  • orange slices or wedges (My kids like them cut in slices, then slice through the stack to create a place where they can pull them apart. For some reason they find it more fun than wedges.)
  • melon cubes or balls or slices
  • homemade popsicles or healthy choices of fruit bars
  • canned fruit: pears, peaches, mandarin oranges, fruit cocktail, applesauce
  • dried fruit or fruit leather
  • raisins
  • fruit kabobs (skewer alternating fruits on a pick)
  • fruit smoothies
Breads/Carbs:
  • homemade granola in a small paper cup (recipe found here)
  • pancakes (Use leftover pancakes and toast them. Serve with butter, jam, nutella, syrup, fruit, etc.) Recipe found in breakfasts
  • waffles (Use leftover waffles and toast. Serve with strawberries and cream, spread with nutella or jam, or maple syrup.) Recipe found in breakfasts
  • muffins (Leftover from breakfast) Recipe found in breakfasts
  • slices of banana nut bread or zucchini bread (Recipes found in breads)
  • mini pretzels
  • chips and salsa or bean dip
  • mini bagel pizzas
Make Ahead and Time Saving tips:
  • keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge (even my four-year old can peel her own)
  • keep the kitchen stocked with fruits and vegetables
  • keep a baggie of cheese cubes in the fridge
  • keep a baggie of cubed meats in the fridge (leftover from dinners)
  • pre cut your carrots, celery, peppers, cucumbers, etc. and keep them in the fridge
  • think about using leftovers from breakfasts and even dinners to minimize waste and cost (Burrito filling from the night before becomes bean dip the next day)
If you have other ideas, let me know! The trick is variety, so keep the ideas coming!

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