I need some ideas- PLEASE- about healthy snack ideas and quick, ready-to-go breakfast foods. My 16 DS is eating us out of house and home, especially now that summer is here. I'm careful to choose relatively healthy foods and try to limit processed crap, but snack items are the area where I completely fall flat.
My son is genuinely hungry and has grown more than 12 " over the last year. He is truly a bottomless pit! What can I stock up on to keep him in somewhat healthy snacks? We live in the boonies, so I try to make a grocery store run every 2-3 weeks. We need to be mindful of the budget and our local shopping options for produce are mighty limited and pricey. I will buy items like grapes and bananas when I do the big shopping trip, but it seems like they are consumed within the afternoon!
I bake and cook from scratch for almost all of our meals, but it is tiring to back a double batch of muffins, cookies, etc... and have them inhaled as soon as they are out of the oven.
Here's what I am currently try to have on hand for snacks, but I am not keeping pace with my son (and whatever friends)-
Goldfish (or similar) crackers
Popcorn (to air pop)
For drinks, I keep plain brewed iced tea in the fridge and will occasionally make lemonade. No soda or drink mix stuff. Milk and water, but we don't do fruit juices so much either. If my son had his way, I would spend college savings on Gatorade.
Also need ideas for grab and go breakfasts....I try to make and freeze waffles, pancakes, muffins etc... but they go SOO FAST and we always have eggs for quick breakfast sandwiches.
Basically it all boils down to me not wanting to cook/bake ALL the time, but still keep decent, filling snacks. Oh, and not break the bank.