Having three growing kids in the house means we go through a lot of snacks. We’re also trying to eat reasonably healthy these days — if for no other reason than that we don’t want to feel guilty about consuming ridiculous milkshakes and funnel cake at the Reading Fair on the weekends. Of course, we don’t always succeed. Here’s what we’re snacking on, with the benefits and caveats for each.
Frozen grapes. Frozen purple grapes taste shockingly similar to popsicles. But it’s fruit! Downside: not portable. As soon as the grapes thaw, they go mushy.
Cheese sticks and Babybels (“circle cheese”). High protein, and an easy way to transport cheese. I like combining circle cheese with Thin Addictives cranberry and almond crackers/cookies. Downside: Cheese doesn’t survive the hot car test.
Applesauce pouches. We’ve been buying Go Go SqueeZ applesauce, which is the brand sold at Costco. It’s sweet enough to satisfy kids, but it’s still fruit. Very portable. Downside: This is a pricey way to consume applesauce. Even at Costco, they’re still about 45 cents each (in packs of 20).
Pretzels. We like Utz honey wheat braided twists, and the Snack Factory’s Pretzel Crips. Pretzels are pretty much indestructible, and satisfy a snacking need for something crunchy and salty. Downside: is there a downside?
Popcorn. It turns out that Orville Redenbacher’s butter-flavor Smart Pop microwave popcorn has only 110 calories per bag. Even if our family splits two bags while watching Shark Week programming, that’s still a pretty light snack. Downside: Must be near a microwave.
And in the “not so healthy” category: Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle. My husband brought a bag of these home from Costco the other day (he also brought home a giant stuffed panda, but that’s a subject for a different post). It’s like a brownie with the crunch of a potato chip. And about as nutritious as a cross between the two would be. At least the bag is being consumed quickly. Otherwise, it’s dangerous to have in the kitchen next to my home office.
What are you snacking on these days?
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