Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Inexpensive Snacks for Growing Children
As soon as I heard it was a Backwards Edition, I knew exactly what I wanted to ask you.
Our grocery bill has been steadily rising lately. My son is almost 13, and as those of you with pre-teen or teen boys know, boys this age cannot get enough to eat. I hear their appetites get even more insatiable when they are in their mid-teens.
So, here are my questions for you:
- If you have/ had a pre-teen or teen boy, please share with me your experience with their appetite and food requirements. He is my oldest and this is uncharted territory, so I'm feeling clueless.
- What ideas do you have for healthy, but frugal snack ideas to hold him over to the next meal? I'm talking VERY filling here...certain snacks, like cereal bars, don't even make a dent in his bottomless pit of a stomach.
I'm looking forward to reading your experiences and ideas. For the sake of our grocery budget and my son's belly, I hope you have lots of ideas for me. Thanks!!
You can read other blogger's dilemmas and their reader's solutions at Works for Me Wednesday, hosted by We Are THAT Family.
Make your own granola (much cheaper)
Almonds are healthy and filling. Basically just try to get protein into every meal-starting with the morning. Good luck!
Try peanut butter with apples/celery, peanut butter with cheese
Laura at Heavenly Homemakers has a recipe for "breakfast cookies" that are fairly low sugar, high fiber, and good for you butter-fat that is great to have around!
(-can freeze the cookies and muffins to thaw in the microwave or laid out in the morning to have through the day)
Salsa and chips
Frozen treats, made from yogurt and fruit and a healthy sweetener
Tammy's Recipes has great homemade granola and granola bar recipes
Tortillas with cheese and meat or peanut butter and honey
Chicken boats- cooked shredded chicken on a leaf of lettuce with a strip of carrot and a small piece of cheese
Homemade wheat bread with butter and honey
Homemade beef jerky
apples with yogurt and peanut butter dip (half and half)
trail mixes- nuts seeds fruits
a bowl of high fiber cereal and milk
popcorn with different flavorings- butter, chili cheese(chili powder and parm cheese), kettle (pop in oil and sugar), or homemade popcorn balls
*I have 5 boys and 1 girl.
2 boys are teens and one preteen!
I fix 3 meals a day and have two to three snack times a day, but at least two.
My son will be 12 next week and he goes through eating spurts.
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