I don't know if its a snack per se, but I made a pan of cinnamon rolls last night to have for breakfast and snacks this week. I used this recipe and it was a snap since I had all the ingredients in the pantry already.
DH's go-to snacks are carrots or celery with hummus (which can be made at home very cheaply) or ranch dressing.
Fresh fruit that's in season is my favorite. We got a huge seedless watermelon for $4 last week and it yielded 2 huge tubs and 5 smaller tupperwares in the fridge once I cubed it all up!
Some slightly watered down juice frozen into popsicles is a refreshing treat.
Frugal fruit smoothies using some frozen bananas, milk or yogurt, ice, and orange juice. (Freeze leftovers into popsicles too!)
Just some cold cereal and milk is a great snack.
When my kids were younger I would always have popcorn, fruit, sliced veggies (carrot sticks, celery with cream cheese or peanut butter, cucumber), yogurt, peanut butter with crackers and pretzels for snacks since they were pretty cheap. My kids always brought half of the neighborhood over to my house for a snack.
Lots of seasonal fruits during the summer months. Popcorn, raisins, and peanuts in the shell for the grandkids out on the deck. Organic garden here and kids will eat cukes and cherry tomatoes at will. I always have carrots and celery ready to be eaten all year long. We also bake together at least once a week during the summer if it's not too hot. Cookies, mini muffins. cobblers, and crisps.
I often make tea type of sandwiches in the summer. Kids seem to love a "fancy" lunch or snack. Let's not forget ice cream and popsicles bought on sale for those hot summer days.
map578 i make tea sandwhiches for the little princess to have for their lunch
and the boys get trucks and car sanwhiches for their special lunch
we also have alot of different nuts they love it when I make granola one of the only time some of them eat ceral
they love a plat of cukes and the little tomatoes and these kids will eat raw green beans by hand ful ... some eat carrots
but they all love celery with either cream cheese or peanut butter and it a big hit if I but raisins on them for ant on the ...
my oldest granddaughter will ask to make muffins the mini kind either first thing in the morning I let her bake twice a week recently
she made a banana coffee cake for tea time it was delious she said Gram i cut down the sugar by 1/2 cause of the banana could you tell
she is going to be a great cook.
This week we are trying out Frozen yogurt...(bought a ice cream machine for $5.00 last year never used it ) First batch used StoneyFields vanilla yogurt--nice and creamy when first churned tasted awesome---Froze to eat later--soild brick lol and sour....Great w/ fruit...(suggestions are to add 1 tbsp alcohol to mix to keep it creamy vs bricky)
Next batch will be made tonight w/ Fage and coconut milk--for DD who like coconut will be adding 1 tbsp of either rum or coconut to find out if it works (p.s. DD is 22 )I have also heard if you use vanilla as well to keep it from freezing hard...
The best part we can have frozen yogurt every day per our dietian if we make it at home :O) YIPPIE!!!!
We're big on sliced cucumbers, bell pepper strips, cherry tomatoes, and other quick veggies with ranch dressing or just plain. Cut up fruit is always a winner. I like making a pan of Strawberry Oat Bars, brownies, cookies, etc every week for sweet snacks. My grandma loved giving us graham crackers spread with jam after school and now I've passed that one on to the niece and nephew. PB and crackers or jelly is classic. Sharp cheese and crackers or gingersnaps (I know weird!) is one of my favorites.
I just wanted to add about the garden. We have all heard the saying they if they plant it they will eat it and it's true. Our kids are not fond of vegetables at dinner but they seem to eat just about anything out of the garden that they helped to plant. My granddaughter eats pole beans by the ton and when the beans get too tough to chew she eats the beans inside of the bean. My grandson will eat green peppers and cucumbers like he's eating apples.
I like to snack on fresh apple slices with a bit ogf peanut butter, carrots celery and cucumbers dipped in a lite ranch dressing or dip. i also like having popcorn, or peanut butter on "ritz" crackers. i also like to have lite or low fat mozzarella string cheese sticks on hand for a quick grab n go snack. but I'm starting to notice these are becoming more and more expensive. :/