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any mamas know any frugal easy snacks? I dont have time to eat a real meal, and i usually just snack through out the day here or there, and its adding up quickly, come on help me mamas!
 

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Make huge batches of granola and keep it around for snacking. Fresh fruit and veggies are quick and easy (fruit even comes in it's own wrapper). I snack on baked potatoes a lot (sweet potatoes and the regular ones). It really only takes a minute or so to throw some of a bag of frozen whatever (veggies, or those santa fe blends with beans, usually those bags are like 90 cents around here) into the microwave and steam it. Then I'll throw some butter, or herbs, or cheese on top if I feel like it. Left over things from dinner can make great cheap and easy snacks. You can make your own crackers, healthy cookies, breads, ect. But I'm not sure how cheap it is or worth it time wise to you. Hope I've helped a little bit.
 

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I found a handful of nuts to be quite an energy booster. I must confess I don't eat much fruit - it is not a good decision for me - I get too much of a sugar rush from it - I'm not diabetic, I'm more a hypoglycemic if anything so sugar, carbs have energy draining reactions for me.

Sometime when your wee ones are in a good mood (or you can leave them home with dh) wander the aisles of the grocery store and look around - you may be surprised at what's out there.

I go thru phases of different kinds of snacks - and when I get tired of the same thing, I go and look around and try new stuff. There's all sorts of stuff out there. - not all is 'bad' stuff. *grin* I'm currently on a pistachio kick.

Anyway, hope it helps. Peanut butter on crackers is a really fast snack, too! (Shoot, just a spoonful of peanut butter is a booster for me. LOL)
 

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For those who have/use a microwave, if you buy popcorn in bulk (at coop, natural food store, etc) and put about a 1/4 cup in a brown lunch bag, seal the top with a piece of masking tape and microwave until popping slows -- viola, popcorn the cheap way and no-fat unless you choose to add it!

I am very excited about this one -- I am so rarely knowledgeable about this sort of thing and newly frugal-minded (should have been before but was in denial).
 

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Beans. When I cook a pot for dinner I make extra (every 2 weeks or so). I had a friend who ate them one by one cold like nuts. But I prefer to scoop a few on a tortilla with a splash of hot sauce and heat. Hummus is good to make ahead for a quick munch. My kids like frozen peas (straight from the freezer).
 

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Peanuts mixed with raisins and choclate or PB chips (all bought in bulk and mixed at home)

Frozen peas

Chickpeas (bought dry, in bulk, and rehydrated at home)

Homemade guacamole and chips (avocados can be a bit procey but they pack a nutritional punch and are worth it for the occasional treat)

Carrot sticks/apple slices/pear slices and PB

Yogurt with raisins

Homemade banana bread/fruit or grain muffins

Fried egg sandwich

Oatmeal

Homemade smoothie (my kids like them made with milk, yogurt, PB, and bananas)

Soynuts (bought in bulk)

HTH!

Namaste!
 

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Originally Posted by M&Mmama
For those who have/use a microwave, if you buy popcorn in bulk (at coop, natural food store, etc) and put about a 1/4 cup in a brown lunch bag, seal the top with a piece of masking tape and microwave until popping slows -- viola, popcorn the cheap way and no-fat unless you choose to add it!
we were jusy looking at buying an air popper- but the $$ we don't have. This idea is perfect- I never knew....
 

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Bulk homemade trail mix w/ whatevers in season, I like sweet/spicy mixes so my current fave is:

sunflower seeds (huge bag from tj's for 1.99)
soynuts- ditto
wasabi peas-ditto
organic rasins-from WF bulk bins
Other good additions when on sale/in season are: shredded coconut/peanuts (not for me I loathe peanuts unless they are sugared & bad for me)/dried cranberries/or any other kind of nut. slivered almonds are very yummy. I like to always have some rasins in there for the iron content.

mix even parts and put in a ball canning jar or other large recycled glass jar. I put this into a little travel tupperware in my backpack or dd's bag and we can have it anytime.
 
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