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5 Inexpensive Snack Ideas

5 Inexpensive Snack Ideas

“I’m hunnngry! I want a snack!”

I think I hear these words about every 5 minutes around here, and it seems I'm not the only one. But it took me a few years of being a mom to realize that when we’re between meals, giving my kids a packaged snack from the store is not always the best idea. I mean how many bars and chips and rice cakes should they really have in a day? (I think I know the answer to this one unfortunately.) But what should we feed our kids when they’re really hungry and we’re racing from school to the next activity of the day?

Here are some snacks that are appealing to my kids, yet have enough nutritional value to sustain them for a few hours.

1. Yogurt Sundaes

I let my kids layer yogurt with a little homemade or store bought granola and fresh fruit. Call it a sundae and you won’t believe the buy-in!


2. Cheesy Popcorn

I’ve started popping plain popcorn without salt or additives, then I toss it with a little melted butter and a big heap of grated Parmesan cheese. My kids love it and it’s a great on-the-go snack that really keeps them satiated.

3. Dinner as a Snack

A few times a week I make dinner before my kids come home from school and then they eat it before they run out the door. They need the fuel for sports, and I’ve noticed a huge improvement in their moods when they eat enough before moving on to the next activity. My favorite quick dinners to serve as a snack are tacos, lasagna, wraps, quesadillas, and sandwiches. Then once they’re home from sports, I just make them a sandwich or they eat leftovers, and they’re off to bed.

4. Homemade Trail Mixes

Toss together dried fruit, nuts, and bits of chocolate. Include Tamari Almonds, which are loaded with protein.

5. Smoothies

Made with frozen fruit and a little milk (I love almond milk), these are healthy, easy to whip up, and kids love them. See Recipe: Easy Smoothies.

Amanda Haas is a cookbook author and founder of the website One Family One Meal, a site that provides free recipes, menu plans, and shopping lists to parents who want to cook healthy meals their entire family will love. Her most recent book project is Williams-Sonoma’s Essentials of Roasting, Revised Edition.

Image Source: mary_thompson via Flickr/Creative Commons

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, POPSUGAR.

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AyomideAdekunle AyomideAdekunle 6 years
is snacks good for kids
sofiagarcia54549 sofiagarcia54549 6 years
Estos snack's a mis hijas les encantan
SharonKolenda90088 SharonKolenda90088 6 years
Cut up apples/fruit with Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar). Faux Apple Pie I bake a batch of sliced apples with cinnamon/honey & freeze to reheat from single serve sizes.
AmyPlatten AmyPlatten 6 years
Your tips are wonderful and very helpful for finicky eaters.
AmandaMowery AmandaMowery 6 years
I have daycare in my home as well as two children of my own. Some of the favorites here are Ants on a Log - Celery stick with peanut butter then topped with raisins to look like ants - whole wheat bread or toast with applesauce then sprinkled with cinnamon, and lots of fresh fruits. I also noticed that a glass of milk will often help curb their appetites long enough to get a meal on the table while providing healthy benefits.
angelabell89488 angelabell89488 6 years
Just in time for summer! Wonderful ideas!
DeeLevy DeeLevy 6 years
Love the snack ideas - can't wait to try them. We also like sliced apples dipped in honey as a snack at our house.
NatalieMcHugh26764 NatalieMcHugh26764 6 years
I love the suggestion of dinner as a snack, too often I see grumpy hungry kids that do not want to participate, then they eat a huge late dinner and go to bed with all that food in their bellies! You can't run a car that way, we shouldn't try to run our body's that way either! Thanx Amanda!
NenitaGaelHuynh NenitaGaelHuynh 6 years
Thanks for sharing :) these are definitely great ideas!
muniradoola muniradoola 6 years
great help thanx
KymChappler KymChappler 6 years
Thanks for all the great suggestions it is nice to know I am not alone.
MinleyVAchas MinleyVAchas 6 years
Healthy eating. Yummy!
TsuteMwale TsuteMwale 6 years
Thanks for the quick tips
KarenLipke KarenLipke 6 years
I always offer my kids fruit or veggies first (hard to get those 5-10 in /day). You can always dip the fruit in yogurt or make a low-fat dip, like hummus. Cheese and crackers are always popular at our house, with apple slices.
MarthaRuciu MarthaRuciu 6 years
Thanks for the advises of keeping our kids healthy. I love it.
EmilieRivera EmilieRivera 6 years
Chopped up fruits and veggies with a dip of some sort is very popular at my house!
NicolettaMcVety NicolettaMcVety 6 years
I like these ideas but do any of you have any more ideas without anytype of granola or nuts. My son shocked and refuses to eat granola,nuts or poppcorn!
tinalacasandile tinalacasandile 6 years
really a big help
JamieWiseman92099 JamieWiseman92099 6 years
How about a piece of fruit.
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