I want something that is substantial enough to keep her going for a couple more hours, but not so dense she won’t be hungry by dinner (we don’t eat dinner at nine p.m. like some French families). And I want it to be reasonably healthy, not a bunch of sugary carbs, although I guarantee you that Ella wouldn’t complain a bit if it were a cookie every day.
- Apple slices with peanut butter – I love a good apple and I really love peanut butter. Plus, what kid doesn’t like to dip things?
- Green smoothies – Our CSA grows kale like there is a kale shortage coming up, so I am always struggling to use up enormous bunches of it. I put in about two leaves of it, some apple juice, a frozen banana, and some combination of frozen and fresh strawberries, peaches, pineapple, and mango. I try not to make enormous amounts of this since smoothies are generally so caloric and also I don’t like to drink three cups of smoothie. We both usually have one child-size glass.
- Popcorn – It is amazingly cheap to buy plain popcorn kernels (a 1 lb bag runs me 80 cents) and I throw about two tablespoons in a brown lunch sack, fold it over, and microwave it for 2 minutes. Ella loves listening to it pop and is just as happy to eat it plain as when I put a little butter and salt on it.
- Triscuits with cheddar cheese – I like to add a little smear of dijon mustard to mine, but Ella does not approve of this addition to hers.
- Banana Ice Cream – Have you done that thing where you put frozen bananas in your food processor for a minute or two with a spoonful of peanut butter (and maybe a spoonful of cocoa powder too) and it totally tastes like ice cream afterward? I love this stuff.
- Cinnamon Almond biscuits – We make big batches of these little cookie/crackers and they are filling without giving you a sugar crash. Plus they just taste so amazing.
- Nachos – because sometimes you just want something salty. I just grate some cheddar cheese over a plate of tortilla chips, microwave it for about 15 seconds, and then dip them in salsa (okay, okay, I mix my salsa with sour cream because apparently I am a glutton for calories).
- Plain yogurt with granola and dried cranberries – yogurt is almost certainly Ella’s very favorite food and with some granola (I like this recipe a whole lot) and some dried fruit, it’s a great little snack for both of us.
- Banana Coconut Cookies – No sugar added, gluten-free cookies. I promise, they are still amazing. It’s a toss-up which of us likes them more.
Any other suggestions for relatively healthy, easy snacks?
This post is sponsored by Disney Baby. I’ll be joining the Disney Baby blogging
team next month, and look forward to sharing these kinds of stories
(projects/ideas/etc) with you over there! Stay tuned for more details!