Friday, May 01, 2009

Cheap, Healthy Snacks For Kids

Setting out vegetables for hungry kids.

It helps that a 50-cent cucumber with yogurt dip is cheaper than a bag of chips.

31 comments:

Pajama Mama said...

that looks like such a yummy snack!

Michelle said...

It also helps that you make it looks so yummy and pretty and special...

It reminds me of the meal I made the other night...special, "gourmet" and inexpensive! You can read about it here... http://giveagirlafig.blogspot.com/2009/04/i-love-grocery-outlet.html

Quasimodo/Calico Prairie said...

Yummmm....I might need to have that today! :)

Mary said...

Presentation is everything!

Aimee said...

Aldi has had good deals on the "Fit and Active" rice cakes...I buy the plain ones and put a bit of peanut butter on top and they love it! Cheap and Healthy!

Roxanne said...

Cucumbers are my favorite healthy snack. I usually buy 2 English cucumbers each week just for snacking.

Jeana said...

What are the chances of you sharing your recipe for that yogurt dip? :-)

Michelle in HI said...

I have a large Tupperware serving piece with divided compartments and lid that I keep in the fridge stocked with cut up veggies.

It's the best habit I've ever developed! We eat a ton more veggies this way and it only takes a few minutes to prep. Now I just need a good dip recipe - I'm still stuck buying those packets of Ranch.

Jennifer said...

Have you ever had cucumber water? It's just ice water with cucumber slices added & sort of "steeped" for 30 min. to an hour. Ditch the cucumber slices & the water is cucumber-y and so refreshing!

Rachel said...

Do a post with that yogurt dip recipe. Please?? We'd love to try it.

TJ said...

My kids think that cucumbers are a perfect snack. We are buying them for 25-33 cents a piece. So I slice them up for nearly every meal.

Last night I had half a cucumber and 1 tomato. I sliced the two of them, added a bit of onion and then coated with some red wine vinagrette (leftover from a board luncheon) and couldn't believe the kids ate it up like crazy!

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

We love cucumbers. My kids love cukes just plain, but they'll eat any other raw veggies when served with a yummy dip. :)

Nancy said...

Kids will try anything if it looks fun to eat....the dipping.

Roxie700 said...

My kids love Ranch Dip. I buy the low fat store brand dressing and use that for dip.

The kids also love salsa and 'chips' I make from corn tortillas that I bake in the oven.

As always Meredith, your presentation is beautiful. You sure do have a gift. Thank you for your ideas. Roxie

Jennifer said...

My kids love cucumbers. Thanks for the reminder to eat veggies for snacks. I tend to only serve fruits and veggies for meals.

Edi said...

My kids favorite way to eat cucumbers is also my childhood favorite...slice up a cucumber, place in a bowl, pour in white vinegar to cover, sprinkle with salt & pepper - wonderful! My grandma would even add some small diced up bits of green onion to her's.

Shannon said...

We bring treats for our birthday at work. I wanted to do something "different" then the normal desserts. So I cut up a bunch of fresh fruit (grapes, bananas, apples, pineapple, oranges, and strawberries) and made a couple of dips. It was a huge hit and everyone was glad to get something healthy for a change.

Honey said...

My 5 also like "ants on a log" which is just celery pieces with peanut butter (or almond butter, or cashew butter) and raisins on top. Makes it fun...

Vintagesquirrel said...

Okay, Meredith,
Tell me, don't you're kids complain about "the grassy stuff" in their dip? Or would that just be my sweet children?
-Michelle

rowena___. said...

oooooh, thanx for the reminder, i forget about cucumbers! like honey, we like a version of ants on a log, but here we make it with cream cheese and craisins on celery--ella calls it "ladybugs on a log".

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Oh so much better for them. With the way I have been feeling. I had better start treating myself with those instead of the snack crackers and chips. Jackie

Tubo Family said...

That looks so pretty. Unfortunately even the "burpless" type don't seem to be for me...any suggestions fellow readers?

Bedtime snack for our two lately is 1/2 a banana each while we read stories. At Trader Joe's price that is less than 20 cents a night. Any not eaten I trim and put in the freezer on something flat til frozen hard than transfer to a freezer container to save for smoothies. Also finally tried making our own (baked, I am afraid of burning down the house deep frying) corn chips from the Costco $2.99 for 100 tortillas.

nicola said...

oh yes! my parents always had a tray of veggies out for us in the afternoon. my mom called it "arsenic hour." i am guessing we were a challenge at that time of day! LOL
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Workin' MAMA! said...

on my way out to a free day at the zoo (yayyy!) - This is one my kidz' favorite snacks!

SAVINGS count! But we also do 'chips' too - We balance it best we can --- Carrots for lunch with sandwiches I made myself - bottle watter - apples and oranges - and cookies I bakes lastnight - cost - FREE! The zoo will not fool mama this time - like the last 40 buck food rush we had --- WHUT HAPPENED?
lol!

latrice

Karen said...

My kids eat cukes - yay!

They also love all melons.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Gotta love this time of year -- cheap good produce!

Stacey said...

Hi Meredith! I know I've come across your site a couple of times before, but didn't realize you were local to me!! I will have to read more often!

I love all your creative/frugal ideas!!

Stacey of Daisy's Deals

Country Girl said...

And when they are in the garden the price is Really right! Nothing like fresh cukes right of the vine!

The Happy Housewife said...

Amen to that! My kids are on a fruit kick right now, they can't get enough apples and bananas. Tonight for dessert between them they ate 6 bananas and 6 apples plus an entire pineapple!
Toni
http://thehappyhousewife.com

bettybetty said...

The most beautiful snack ever!

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

I'm sorry I haven't popped in to answer questions--my John is on day 4 of high fever : (

My picky eater carefully teased the dill from the top of the dip. Elise and the neighbor's daughter dug right in.

The dip is a basic ranch dressing recipe (from scratch) with homemade tangy yogurt in place of the mayo and sour cream.