3 Cost-Saving but Delicious Afterschool Snacks

Are you looking to fill bottomless pits on a budget?  

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It’s not impossible like you may think. Though the kids are picky eaters and the prices at the grocery store for tasty snacks are rising, you can create delicious, cost-saving afterschool snacks that your family will love. 

Peanut Butter Trail Mix Muffins 

Peanut butter, muffins, and a sweet glaze all in one snack? These Peanut Butter Trail Mix Muffins are sure to be a hit before the kids start their homework. Using store-bought fruit and nut granola is a cost-effective way to purchase the ingredients for these filling muffins. The muffins can be frozen for up to 3 weeks in a zip-top bag, making them a great option when prepping for busy weeks. All you need to do is microwave and serve! 

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Grand Slam Snack Mix 

For the munchers, prepare this easy Grand Slam Snack Mix. This sweet and salty snack mix is ideal for a healthy snack because of the added protein from the cheese cubes. You can make the snack mix ahead of time and stir in the cheese just before serving. Though the recipe makes 10 servings, adjusting the ratio up or down is easy. The long-lasting ingredients will be there the next time the kids dig in the pantry. 

A Glass of Cold Milk 

Yes, really. At just about 25 cents per 8-ounce glass, no other beverage packs the nutrition power of milk’s 13 essential nutrients for the dollar. Research shows that milk and milk products are the least expensive dietary sources of calcium and vitamin D in the American diet. 

Whether on its own or paired with other foods, milk will satisfy your children’s grumbling stomachs. And it is an ingredient you already have sitting in the refrigerator, waiting to be added to your post-workout smoothie or your morning bowl of cereal. Reach for this easy snack to help the family recover from a long day at work and school. The nutrients in milk provide energy, build lean muscle, and support a healthy immune system to help them bring their best this school year, making it your go-to ingredient for your kids. 

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