Mothering Forum banner

1 - 4 of 4 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,654 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I am trying to cut down on our grocery bill and one of the things we seem to go through a lot of are snack items - chips, crackers, cereal bars, cookies, etc. I know some of these things can and should be eliminated, but I am looking for alternatives at this point, especialy for things like cereal bars and cheese crackers (which my toddler loves).<br><br>
What sort of baked snack items do you make for your family? How do you store them? Do any of them freeze well?<br><br>
How about things like chips? My dss has a <i>very</i> restricted diet and chips is one thing he can have and I don't feel right taking them away altogether. I am intruiged by the thought of making them, but I wonder how long a batch will keep. Like if I fry tortilla or potato chips, will they be fit to eat the next day or later in the week?<br><br>
I am open to any and all suggestions! Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,318 Posts
I don't make as many snacks as I should - it's a great idea though. Both for budget and health reasons.<br><br>
One thing I make that my kids love are baked tortilla chips. I cut tortilla's (the flour kind, sometimes I buy whole wheat ones) into triangles. I spray them with oil or cooking spray and bake them - about 400 degrees for about 4 or 5 minutes.<br><br>
You can sprinkle them with any seasonings - I have used garlic powder, onion powder, sesame seeds, etc.,. For sweet chips, you can use cinnamon/sugar.<br><br>
They are very tasty. Good luck, I hope you get great ideas that I can use too!<br><br>
Take care,
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
124 Posts
My family enjoys muffins and quick breads and you can add things to make those pretty healthy (fruit, nuts, whole grains), I make healthier cookies the same way. If you have no peanut allergies those little balls of honey, peanut butter and dried milk are popular with my oldest. Good luck!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,482 Posts
I was going to suggest quick breads or muffins too -- they're great for quick snacks. Or homemade granola bars. I know I've seen a recipe for homemade cereal bars online, so try googling that.<br><br>
You could also bake pita or bagel chips and serve them with hummus or other dips. I know those, as well as baked tortilla chips, keep for quite a while -- not sure about potato chips.<br><br>
Homemade snack mix/trail mix would keep for a while, and you could control what goes into that. Cut up fruits and veggies so that you can grab them quickly, with dips if you like. Or roast some nuts with spices for a snack.<br><br>
HTH,<br>
~Nick
 
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
Top