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Dad’s Budget-Friendly Snack Solutions for Kids

As a dad who works from home, I spend a lot of time with my daughter. And as most parents know, kids are hungry just about all the time. I’ve found several options to satisfy hungry kids without stretching the budget—and using foods we mostly have in our fridge and pantry.

1. Peanut Butter Banana Roll-Ups: Make sandwiches more fun! Spread peanut butter (or any other nut butter, sun butter, etc.) on a tortilla, place a banana in the center, roll it up and slice it into bite-sized pieces.

2. Popcorn: Popcorn is a classic snack that’s both affordable and super easy to make. Simply pop some kernels on the stovetop or in the microwave, season with a sprinkle of salt or any of your favorite spices.

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3. Veggie Sticks with Dip: Chop up some kid-friendly veggies like carrots, celery, bell peppers and broccoli (we call them trees) and serve them with a side of hummus or ranch dressing for dipping.

4. Cucumber Chips: Slice up a cucumber and put into a plastic baggie or sealed container along with some salt and any seasoning (we like everything bagel) then get the kids to shake it up. These are a great alternative to chips when you feel like crunching.

5. Cheese Quesadillas: Fill a tortilla with shredded cheese, fold it in half and cook it in a skillet until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden brown. Cut into wedges and serve with salsa or sour cream for a quick and easy twist on a Mexican favourite.

6. Apple Slices with Peanut Butter: Slice up some apples and serve them with a dollop of peanut butter (or any nut butter) for a sweet and satisfying snack.

7. Yogurt with Granola: Layer yogurt with granola and fresh fruit for a quick, filling snack that’s delicious—as well as pretty darn nutritious.

8. Hummus and Pita Chips: Serve store-bought or homemade hummus with whole wheat pita chips for a super satisfying snack that’s rich in protein and fibre.

9. Hard-Boiled Eggs: Hard-boiled eggs are a budget-friendly source of protein that’s perfect for quick snacking. Sprinkle on some salt or other seasoning to make them more flavourful. Prepare a bunch in advance and keep them in the fridge for up to a week.

10. DIY Trail Mix: Mix together a variety of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, chocolate chips and whole grain cereal to create your own custom trail mix that’s tailored to your family’s tastes

11. Cheese and Crackers: Slice up a block of cheese and some whole grain crackers for an easy and satisfying snack that’s sure to please even the pickiest eaters.

12. Frozen Yogurt Bites: Spoon yogurt into silicone ice cube molds, add a few berries or pieces of fruit and freeze until solid for a cool, refreshing and fun snack that’s perfect for hot days.

13. Banana “Ice Cream”: Keep some sliced bananas in the freezer and whip them up in a food processor along with some honey, chocolate chips or your other favourite toppings for a yummy, healthier take on soft serve.

14. Ants on a Log: Spread peanut butter or spreadable cheese onto celery sticks and top with raisins or chocolate chips for a crunchy and satisfying snack that’s perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth.

15. Banana Oatmeal Pancakes: Mash bananas and mix them with oats and eggs to create a batter for healthy and delicious pancakes that are perfect for a quick snack. You can even make some in advance and freeze between parchment paper so you can pop them in the toaster for an even quicker snack.

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