Our children have wonderful appetites, they are always hungry. One way that I have learned to deal with the hunger without killing our food budget is to have inexpensive snacks available to them during the day. Until recently this has generally been carrots and apples. Recently I began cooking beans for the children to snack on during the day or even to eat with our evening meal.
Beans are healthy and inexpensive, especially if purchased in bulk. If you serve beans with a whole grain like bread or browns rice, they provide a complete protein and beans are very filling.
As part of our children’s table chores in the evening one of them puts beans in a pot and covers them with water to soak overnight. The next morning I rinse, drain, add an onion (or not) and more water and start them cooking. Then if the children are hungry between meals and snack time, they are welcome to have some beans. I will often have bread and/or rice available also.
They are supposed to clean up after they help themselves, but we are still working on that part of the equation.
What do your children snack on?