Don't despair. The Broads are at the rescue! Here are a few quick fixes for those times when the kids are 'starving' and you're staring at the shelf blankly, wondering what in the heck you can come up with to silence the suffering.
The Saltine ...Oft Overlooked Staple
My grandmother, being a child of the depression, offered me this tasty treat one afternoon when I was quite young. I've never forgotten how yummy it was, and she shared that during those lean days of her childhood, her mother had come up with the idea.
You'll need saltine crackers, butter, a dish of sugar, paper plate(s), knife and spoon.
Butter the crackers and let the kiddies hold it over a paper plate and sprinkle sugar over the buttered surface. Tap off excess - and Voila! - Happy Kids. The sugar is minimal and the kids still get a sweet treat. That's It!
Sunflower Seeds - Long Lasting Yet Not Filling
I regularly keep sunflower seeds in the house. Ranch, Buffalo Ranch, Dill-Pickle, and Buffalo Wing Red-Hot are among the favs in this house. Give the kids a dish for the shells, and they'll be busy for at least half an hour. Plus, my boys can chomp away without ruining their appetites for dinner. *Warning: This Snack May Cause The Need For Vacumming.* I would never kid around about extra vacuuming. Okay, enough said.
Microwave Popcorn: Cheap And Easy To Hide (I say that last word with a completely straight face. Anyone with kids old enough to raid cupboards is nodding and smiling.)
'Pop' (Ahhh, I crack myself up sometimes) into your local Wal-Mart and you'll find the 24 pack Gourmet brand microwave popcorn for about $5.00. That's a lot of snacking-for-your-buck. Adding to the draw of this option, most kids are capable of peeling the wrapper off, plopping the bag into the contraption we call a microwave, and pressing the 'popcorn' button. No fuss, no muss. And... you're getting the kids to eat their fibre.