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Cheap, Quick And Easy Snacks For Kids

Here’s a quick list of some cheap, quick and easy snacks for kids! It’s easy to choose something quick and healthy from this list that fits your kids’ needs!

Cheap, Quick And Easy Snacks For Kids

Donna writes:

I am faced with getting two boys to soccer and baseball practices in the evenings. I am hoping to pack drinks and a hearty snack to get them through practice. I leave work at five and practice is often at 5:30. What can I feed the kids that fits the following criteria?

  • Can be eaten in the car on the way to practice
  • Can be made in the morning and either kept in the car or at my desk
  • Will be hearty enough to get them through practice and home again for dinner

Jill: You can adapt most snack foods to take in the car. You can even bring things that need to be refrigerated. Just use a small cooler or lunch box. Even a brown paper sack keeps things nicely insulated. You can buy small ice packs to pack with the food. (You should be able to find them by the coolers and thermoses at your store.) Another good idea is to freeze water, lemonade or some other drink in a plastic bottle. When you pack it in with food, it works as an ice pack and as something cold to drink for the kids. If it is going to be an extra long day, I sometimes use both the ice pack and the frozen drink.


If you can, pack the boys their own individual snack boxes using either small shoe boxes or lunch boxes. They can then hold these on their laps to catch the crumbs and when they’re done, the boxes are a great way to “pack out the trash” so you will not have quite as big a mess in the car!

Keep things as easy as possible. For example: if you are taking oranges, have them peeled and broken into segments for them. This will make it easier for them and reduce the mess in the car.

Keep a running list of the snacks you take each day for a couple of weeks. At the end of that time you will have a list of about 20 to 30 snack items to refer to when you can’t think of what to take.

Without knowing your food preferences, it is hard to tell you specifically what to take but here are some general ideas. Some may be a little messy in the car depending on the age of the children and some may need to be kept cooled (use my ideas above for keeping these cool). To expand the variety, give them different variations of my suggestions. For example, with fruit, give them an apple one day, an orange the next and so on.

Try starting with these cheap, quick and easy snacks for kids:

  • Sandwiches (to prevent them from becoming soggy take packets of ketchup,mustard etc. to be put on right before they eat them) peanut butter, cheese, turkey, roast beef, ham, chicken
  • Crackers with cheese
  • Popcorn or Popcorn balls
  • Sandwich bags filled with cereal
  • Granola
  • Banana bread
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Muffins
  • Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt with fruit
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Burritos
  • Cheese
  • Chips

If your kids don’t mind leftovers, bring that leftover piece of chicken or small container of leftover fruit salad for them too.



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