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2 snacks–Cheap, Easy and Delicious

February 2nd, 2009

If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet healthy snack, I encourage you to try air popped popcorn. It IS a whole grain – 3 cups of popcorn are equal to one slice of bread. And isn’t popcorn way more fun to eat than a slice of bread?  I know – the first reaction can be that it lacks tastes; the salt won’t stick and you really like having butter run down your chin. How about a compromise? Try mixing air popped or top of the stove top popcorn with ready to eat cereal. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with eating dry cereal as a snack, but the cost is getting ever higher. So – stretch that store – bought cereal with some air popped popcorn to have an inexpensive, easy to prepare, tasty treat. I have found that if you mix popcorn with honey flavored ready to eat cereal it makes the popcorn taste like kettle corn. Here is a suggestion of popcorn and cereal combination that costs only 13 cents a cup – Popcorn Trail Mix.

Here is an easy answer to those cravings for a cookie – Raisin Strudel Oatmeal. It costs less than 20 cents and is a good source of fiber. You can even prep this in the microwave for an afternoon snack at work or after school. You are supposed to wait 2 minutes after you add the boiling water, but I am too impatient so I just microwave it on on high for 30 seconds, stir and see if it’s about as thick as I want. Sometimes I don’t mess with the milk or granola – I just use the oatmeal, raisins, brown sugar and cinnamon. It really is almost like eating oatmeal cookie dough – only this IS safe to eat because there are no raw eggs. ENJOY!

-contributed by Jan Temple

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  1. Another way to add flavor and reduce costs is by mixing one batch of air-popped corn with one packet of microwave popcorn. Start them both at the same time and they’re ready to combine.

  2. Thanks for the healthy snack recipes. It is especially great to get healthy dessert recipes for those with a sweet tooth.

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