For snacks, the key is to having it readily available. If you're like me, you aren't going to sit around and wait for an egg to boil when you are hungry for a snack-- I want it now! So, I always try to have some snack foods available. Boil several eggs at a time and keep them in your fridge. Make a large batch of hummus and buy pre-cut vegetables (or just pre-cut them yourself and save some money). Keep fruit dip in the fridge. Whatever it is you like, plan for it ahead of time, so that you're not reaching for anything you can get your hands on when you need a snack.
- Apples/ Bananas and Peanut butter dip- mix equal parts yogurt and peanut butter
- Peanut Butter Apples- Cut an apple in half and scoop out seeds and stem. Fill the cavity with peanut butter. Put the apple back together. It travels well and won't turn brown. Plus, it's like a little apple surprise that something is hiding in the middle.
- Smoothies- I like a frozen banana blended with peanut butter, ice, and milk. Berry smoothies with milk and yogurt are also delicious.
- Grapes and cheese
- Vegetables with Hummus- carrots, sugar snap peas, and grape tomatoes are good
- Tomato and Mozzarella Skewers- Alternate grape tomatoes and mozzarella balls on a skewer. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top. Sprinkle with dried basil. The friend who taught me this one also uses cut up string cheese if she's out of fresh mozzarella. Of course, you could always make your own...
- Veggie platter- A while back I bought one of those platters with a circle in the center for dip and sections all around. When I put veggies on there and a little hummus or dip in the middle, the kids think they are having a special treat, even though it's still just vegetables (Don't tell them; we've got a good thing going here). For dip, I mix 1 cup sour cream with 1/2 tsp. of each of the following: garlic powder, onion powder, salt, parsley.
There are very few store bought crackers I would recommend. When you read the label on most of them, you will see hydrogenated oils, added sugar, and all kinds of other additives and preservatives. If I had to buy some from a store, I would probably go with Kashi brand. But there is the option of making them your self. I have made both of the recipes below. I use Katie's method of rolling them right on my baking stone. It makes it much easier and you can roll them really thin.
Also, it's a good idea to add some fat or protein with your crackers (like cheese).
- Homemade Wheat Thins
- Homemade Graham Crackers - I've made this without the brown sugar and it turns out. You just need to add a little more milk ( 1-2 Tbsp.) so it won't be too dry.