2 snacks–Cheap, Easy and Delicious
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