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20 Budget-Friendly & Healthy Snacks

by on August 7, 2012

By Samantha Savory

The back-to-school preparation season is in full effect! Parents all over the country are trying to make sure they have enough supplies, uniforms, school clothes and lunch/snack ideas to help their kids get the most out of the upcoming school year. As a part of our Back-to-School Challenge, here 20 healthy and affordable kid snacks that any parents can re-create throughout the upcoming school year. After reading this post, remember to enter our Back-to-School Challenge by signing up for PowerWallet, following us on Twitter and tweeting us your fav frugal & yummy snack or lunch idea that other parents can use! Good luck! The winner will win a $250 Target gift card to help go towards back-to-school shopping efforts!

1. Yogurt, fruit and granola – This is a great option for a healthy and yummy snack for a hot Saturday afternoon!

2. Banana slices and peanut butter – If your kids are not fans of a lot of fruits, offer them banana or apple slices with peanut butter and you should be able to get them to eat it right up! Of course add some chocolate chip pieces to make it even more appealing!

3. Peanut butter and jelly sushi rolls – Put a new twist on the popular American snack, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This will surely draw your kids interest without costing you a ton!

4. Ham, cheese and lettuce wraps – This is a great afternoon snack that is high in protein and light in heavy carbs.

5. Fruit cup – Buy a cantaloupe and watermelon and dice up slices to create a yummy fruit cup snack for your little one(s)!

6. Jell-O – Whether it is Jell-O pudding or gelatin, this is a low-calorie snack your kids will surely enjoy!

7. Avocado slices – Introduce your kids to new veggies and fruits as often as you can. Avocados offer great nutritional value and won’t hurt your wallet.

8. Carrots & ranch dressing — What human being doesn’t love ranch dressing? Get your kids to eat their veggies by giving them a small portion of dipping ranch sauce to go with carrots or celery.

9. Apple chips – With zero Hi-Fructose Corn Syrup and 30% less fat than regular potato chips, this all natural apple chips is a great alternative snack for your little ones!

10. Cheese slices and whole grain crackers — This is a affordable and easy way to insert fiber into your kids daily diets.

11. Sugar cookie tacos — Take a healthy twist on cookies and add fruit! Click here to see a yummy example on our Pinterest page!

12. Nutella spread & toast — This is a yummy sweet snack that isn’t loaded with a ton of calories like many other sweet snacks. Click here to see a yummy example!

13. Grapes & Blueberry salad — This is an excellent source of nutritional value; blueberries are rich in natural pigment anti-oxidant, pro-anthocyanidins and have long been attributed to the longevity and wellness. While the grapes offer a variation of multivitamins and fiber! Right now is blueberry season so you can buy them for a fair price!

14. Frozen yogurt covered strawberries — Can you say YUM?! This is a super easy, frugal and healthy snack that you kids can munch on throughout the day at school. Click here to get the DIY instructions.

15. Popcorn –This is a low calorie snack that almost everyone loves!

16. DIY trail mix—  This has a great mix of protein and carbohydrates, so it should keep your kids from having the sugar crash many  fatty or expensive snacks bring. Simply combine the basics – peanuts, raisins and M&M candies and then shake!  Some other fun, frugal and healthy additions can include dried cranberries, Reese’s Pieces, banana chips, cashews, almonds, pretzels, Cheerios and granola.

17. Granola bars — Check your local grocery store for yummy granola bars to pack as a mid-morning snack during class.

18. Homemade apple sauce — Click here for some great healthy & affordable DIY apple sauce recipes!
19. Frozen Chocolate dipped raisins — Another yummy and new snack the kids are guaranteed to love!
20. Apples and peanut butter — Peanut butter is a top fav amongst most kids, throw in a fruit like an apple to offer your kids great nutritional value!
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