The other night dinner was going to be more than just an hour in the making so with a little rummaging around, we came up with this:
Because of all the munchies going on, I try to keep certain things in the pantry and am sharing my go-to snacks today.
As a general rule of thumb, the snack has to be filling (so often involves low sugar, high protein), cost-
effective, and healthier-than-not.
My kids are allowed to have as many baby carrots as they want. These little snackies give them something crunchy to bite into, they're not overly expensive and the kids love them.
|All ready for the tea party|
Frozen corn kernels have become a favorite of late for my younger kids.
I usually buy either cheese sticks or Chobani brand Greek yogurt each week for extra protein and Vitamin D.
The kids like slices of cheese - I bring those out more rarely because cheese is pricey and gets too little filling return for what I spend, but they do love it.
Quesadillas with black beans, cheese and maybe rice are often made for a mid-afternoon snack.
On pancake mornings, I make extra and leave them out on the side counter for them to grab-and-go. My pancakes are home made and usually have molasses, flax seed and other such additions to make them healthier. I also usually cut back on the sugar or use juice as the liquid.
Plain bowls of beans and rice
Stove-popped popcorn (not Jiffy Pop, we just make our own)
A piece of fruit (I buy each child one or two pieces a week, depending on what's available.)
The original "fruit snack"!
|Goodies from our CSA Farmer at Zina's Produce|
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Spiced nuts are often left out on the counter to grab a handful on the way past
Lest you think everything we do is too healthy, we have our share of a little less-than-healthy goodies too. Occasional candy pieces, ice cream, hot cocoa... My favorite "Sweeties" though are still the homemade variety. Sometimes we'll have...
Molasses swirl bread
|Molasses Swirl Bread|
Home made gingerbread, with chunks of crystalized ginger
|Gingerbread - even better than Trader Joe's!|
I hope these ideas inspire you to look at your go-to snacks and give at least one or two ideas for something new to try.
What's in your go-to snack cabinet? I'd love to see new ideas to add to my own list and help others on their journeys to healthier living!