Monday, September 20, 2010

Homemade Snacks and Our Weekly Menu

I'm in the process of putting together a repertoire of healthy, homemade snacks. Last week, I tried making granola bars for the first time and was pleased with the yummy result. I was also happy that they were so easy to make. Check out Katie's recipe for both granola and granola bars. Since I'm doing the 30 Day Shred and I'm breastfeeding, I find myself hungry between meals quite often and have discovered that her granola bars hold me over very well.

Our snacks lately have consisted of:
Apples and cheese
Bananas and peanut butter
Homemade yogurt
Granola and Granola Bars
Blueberry Zucchini Bread (not sure if this qualifies as "healthy")

A couple tips for snack preparation:
  • After you make your snacks, go ahead and package some of them in single serving sizes so that they are more "grab 'n go" friendly. For instance, recycled baby food containers can be re-purposed to hold individual serving sizes of yogurt.
  • To save time, cook snacks in bulk. Granola bars, granola, and breads/muffins can be made ahead of time and frozen.
What snacks would you add to my list? 

Here's what our main meals will consist of this week:

Breakfasts: Breakfast Burritos, Smoothies, Granola, Yogurt, and Cold Creal
Lunches: leftovers, tuna-fish sandwhiches
Monday--Sushi Night!
Tuesday--Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry (recipe coming soon!)
Wednesday--Tacos with Salad
Thursday--Dinner at Home Group
Friday--Dinner at Church Retreat
Saturday--Dinner at Church Retreat (isn't it lovely how little I need to cook this week?)
Sunday--Pizza Night

I'm hope you are having a wonderful day that will set the tone for the rest of your week. :D Please share your snack ideas with me in the comments!

For more menu-planning inspiration, visit Org Junkie's Menu Plan Monday!


  1. You are inspiring me to try to make homemade sushi. I'll let you know when I get the guts to try! You go, girl!

  2. Oooh, yummy looking menu! I have never made my own sushi, but I love to eat it. :)
    Have a great week!

  3. It IS lovely how little you have to cook this week! Enjoy it! :)
    I love the 30-day shred. It really worked for me and got me down to a weight I hadn't been since my wedding day (7 years ago;). I fully plan to resume the shred after this baby is born. Good for you!

    I'm new to your site so maybe you already have, but if not, check out the Meal Makeover Moms. Lots of yummy healthy recipes! I love their granola recipe. :)

  4. Ammie and Sherry, you really should try making sushi. It's fun:)

    Sharon, thanks for your encouragement. Also, I have not checked out Meal Makeover Moms, so I'm going to go do that now. Thanks for the recommendation. :D

  5. The pizza and salad photo looks really delicious! You have a great week lined up. What I like for grab & go snacks are tortilla rollups with cream cheese & veggies (cucumber, celery).

  6. Oooh....I would LOVE to try to make some homemade granola bars. They sound soo good! We spend a lot of money on granola/protein bars...and I never thought to make them myself! Thanks for the inspiration. I can relate with breastfeeding!

  7. I am always looking for good snacks for my family. THanks for ideas. I am going to try your granola bars this week.

  8. @FoodontheTable: I love that snack idea. Anything with cream cheese is a plus for me!

    @Caroline: I think Katie even has a recipe for power bars on her site! Check it out:

    @Annika: I hope you like them! I added 1/4 cup of peanut butter to the recipe as a replacement for some of the butter and to tone down the honey taste.

  9. Here are some of my favorite snacks:
    Cottage cheese and Fruit
    Half pb &j w/ honey or low sugar jelly
    wheat crackers and cheese
    Wheat crackers and hummus

  10. My husband would make me Chicken Stir Fry, for dinner, while we were dating.
    I think I'll ask him to make it this week.


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