I don’t know what it is but why do my kids seem more hungry during the winter time? I feel like they are always eating. Now you can be okay with it. Check out these snack ideas that will not break the bank.
This Thanksgiving my oldest son said he likes holidays because he can eat all day!!! He acts like he doesn’t eat….which I can promise you all, he does. These boys are active and they are growing and love snacking. Check out my post on how I get my kids to eat their veggies.
I’ve come up with some snacks to help you with your budget this winter.
Martha White Muffin mix I get for a dollar a pack and you only need half a cup of milk (any milk will work). They do offer Gluten free ones as well. I use a mini muffin pan and I can make 12 (nice size) or more if I make them small.
I make my own Jello. Luckily we have BOGOS (buy one get one free) where we live. Making Jello or Pudding is cheaper to make and put it in your own containers then buying in convenient cups. I also buy a big jar of applesauce and add it to my own containers.
I know some friends of mine, their children love Smuckers PB&J sandwiches. Convenient packaging is more expensive if you put a little time to prepare you can save more money on your groceries. I buy my own bread, peanut butter, and jelly. I have gotten a sandwich rounder from Pampered Chef that I love and I make sandwiches ahead and throw them in the freezer.
Saltine crackers with peanut butter is an easy one to make ahead as well.
I know kids that love the mini Lunchables but I don’t buy those, instead I get the mini ham and a block of cheese I cut myself. Add saltines too. Which I always get these items on BOGO as well.
Rice Krispies are a great snack and the kids love to help make them. Also, you can easily make them special for any holiday. We usually add a little food coloring of our choice and use cookie cutters and make them into something special. TIP: Use warm water on your cookie cutter so you don’t have a sticky mess.
We make popcorn on the stove top, add a little oil and salt and it’s good to go:)
I always have hard boiled eggs available for them.
I make my own Chewy bars. 3 cups of Oatmeal, 1&1/4 cup of Peanut butter, 4 Tbsp. of Honey, 1/4 cup of raisins, 1/4 cup of shredded coconut and 1 Tbsp. of Cinnamon. Mix it all together add it to a 12×12 pan and leave it the fridge.
Trail mixes are always fun to have. I will add cereals, peanuts, raisins, and mini pretzels. Really anything can work well. I throw it in a big container and they snack on it whenever. When we were younger I use to do this a lot, we would call it soup. Easy to throw in some of the 4 oz containers and bring along on car rides.
We usually just do water but sometimes I get the lemonade sugar they can add to their water or half and half apple juice with water. It’s nice they have reusable bottles they use throughout the day as well. Don’t forget to clean and cut fresh fruit and veggies. I hope this list is helpful. Let me know if you have any other snack ideas for me. Love ya, Mary xoxo
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