By Tawra Kellam
Kids eating habits could send you to the poor house! Between the pop-tarts,
fruit chews, juices boxes and containers of cool applesauce it's enough to
spend the entire grocery budget in one week! Here are some tips from
LivingOnADime.com to keep some more cash in your pocket.
The recommended amount of milk per day is 2 8 oz. glasses of milk. Stop giving
your kids milk every time they ask for it. They don't need more than the
The same is true of juice. 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day is
recommended. Did you know that for children under age five 3/4 cup of juice is
one serving? How often do you just fill a glass with juice for your child
to the top? Then they don't drink most of it and you throw it away. Limit the
amount of juice served to one or two small glasses a day and serve the rest of
their fruit and vegetable in whole form.
French Toast Sticks - After cooking french toast cut each piece into 4 strips.
Kids love to dip these in syrup.
Place some peanut butter and honey or corn syrup on a pancake and roll up for a
snack. This is great for leftover pancakes.
Present oatmeal in a fancy glass such as a sundae dish. Place some granola,
fruit, honey, brown sugar or nuts on top.
Stir any of the following into oatmeal.
dark brown sugar and 1 drop of maple extract makes oatmeal taste just like the
store bought instant oatmeal.
Have a snack sitting at the kitchen table for the kids when they come home from
school. This way they won't be grouchy from being hungry. This will also
prevent them from digging though the kitchen cabinets looking for something
themselves and messing up your neat, well-organized pantry. It is also the
perfect time for you to sit and visit with them about their day at school.
To discourage bad snack habits, don't buy unhealthy snacks or keep them in the
Present your snacks with a plate, place mat, napkin and maybe a flower from the
garden. This way your snacks always look inviting.
Have jars sitting on the counter with sunflower seeds, raisins, granola, prunes
or peanuts for the children. If they see healthy snacks they're more likely to
Tawra Kellam is the author of Dining On A Dime:1,000 Money Saving Recipes and
Tips. (formerly Not Just Beans) Dining On A Dime will help you shop smarter, by
cooking simpler meals and by making your own basic cleaning products and beauty
aids. For free tips & recipes visit
http://www.LivingOnADime.com/ To order Dining On A Dime: Send
$19.95 plus $3.50 shipping Living On A Dime, P.O. Box 4252, Wichita, KS 67204