Monday, April 30, 2007

Snacks and lunch box options for the frugal

Weekends can be tough around here with four kids. Mondays are always welcome. The house looks like a tornado came through but it is quite now after the storm.
Weekday mornings make me wish my kids ate school lunches. I understand the desire to buy overpriced juice boxes and lunchables. Packing lunches is time consuming and difficult on those of us who aren't morning people. My kids are picky changing thier taste with the wind. I am always looking for new and easy ideas for lunch boxes.
Today's lunch bag.
Nutty Bar:On sale so I made an exception
Juicy Juice box :These are an example of my falling off the wagon.
Homemade Peanut Honey balls
Orange Slices
Refillable bottle of water.

Todays frugal tips (also enviromentally friendly) include a lunch box, snack recipe;

1. Peanut Honey Balls:
1/2 C. Honey
1 C.Peanut Butter
1 C. Dried Milk
1/2 to 1 C.Oatmeal (Quick or slow cooking)

You may add chocolate chips
Roll in dried coconut or sunflower seeds.

Mix first four ingredients add choc.or carob chips if using. Using wax paper or a plate roll in coconut or sunflower seeds if you choose.
We like them frozen served with milk.

2. Avoid individually packed anything as often as possible. I cave occasionally but for the most part buy very litte. Use tupper ware or yogurt containers to pack food. Throw in a cloth napkin.

3. Ideas for lunch boxes:
Homemade cookies or muffins
Sliced fresh or canned fruit
Sandwiches that won't spoil try using bagels,tortillas, and crackers
Pretzels,popcorn,rice or popcorn cakes
raw veggies
homemade pudding,jello or yogurt
homemade bread or bread sticks, fruit and/or nut breads
Milk, juice or water in a reusable bottle

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