Great Snack Ideas for Children
If you have children I am sure you dole out plenty of snacks each day. Snack time comes frequently around here and I am often running out of ideas. It is hard sometimes to keep things interesting and appealing, when you are feeding 4 kids snacks 2-3 times a day. I thought it would be helpful if I made up a list of snack ideas for me and anyone else that is interested to refer to.
I think I will start with our normal stand-bys. The kids love crackers and will eat club crackers, graham crackers, pretzels, saltines, animal crackers, triscuits, wheat thins and Ritz crackers frequently. In fact they have one of these options each day, many times with cheese cubes to make it more nutritious and filling. The generic versions of these are just as good and much cheaper by the way. Other things they like to eat for snack are fruit, yogurt and applesauce.
Snacks that travel well are string cheese, granola bars and mini muffins. I have a mini muffin pan and I will frequently mix up a box of Jiffy muffin mix while dinner is cooking. These will become our snack that night or the next day. I throw the muffins in a small tupperware and they can easily be eaten in the car.
For more filling and/or exciting snack options I will slice up apples or pears and let the kids dip them in honey or peanut butter. Another fun thing to do with apples is to smear some yogurt or peanut butter on the top of an apple slice and then press some teddy grahams into the yogurt. This looks like bears rocking on a boat. I saw this on the back of a teddy graham box and the kids loved it.
Sometimes I will cut up some celery and fill it with peanut butter and place raisons on top. This is typically called ants on a log and the kids have fun eating it. Veggies sliced up with ranch dressing to dip them in are also a hit, especially when the children are clamoring for something to eat right before dinner. Instead of plain pretzels, having some honey to dip them in makes it more exciting. Kids love to dip things and dips make just about anything more fun to eat.
My children also like it when I mix up some baggies of granola to eat when we travel. I will fill the bags with a mixture of some or all of the following - dry cereal, sunflower seeds, peanuts, M&Ms, chocolate chips (not in the summer, they will melt), and dried fruit like raisons or blueberries. This is a very nutritious and filling snack.
Cereal with milk is more of a snack food around here than a breakfast food. We almost never eat it for breakfast, but someone has it every day for snack. Another breakfast food we eat for snack a lot is toast with jam. In the winter this helps warm us up.
To save money I try to keep easy snacks that I can grab and take with us. If I can plan ahead I will make mini muffins, if not I can grab a box of teddy grahams or bag of pretzels. If I spend $2.50 on a box of teddy grahams and we eat that for snack when we are out running errands all afternoon it is a very cheap snack compared with hitting a drive through somewhere. I keep water bottles filled in the fridge and stick them in a cooler as we leave. Next time you are wondering what to offer your child for snack, think of these ideas and make snack time a little more fun.