Favorite Light Nighttime Snacks?

Every night for about three years, we indulged in the same late night snack: stovetop popcorn. What a tasty, cheap, and relatively healthful snack, right? Well . . . it turns out we were each consuming about 250 calories of popcorn every day!

Sure, we could lighten it up by switching to air-popped corn or we could simply eat less popcorn, but we didn’t want to do that. Instead, we aimed to diversify our nighttime snacking options. We now eat popcorn just a couple nights a week. Other nights feature sliced apples or some light dessert such as pudding (surprisingly much lighter than our popcorn!). But we could use more nighttime snack ideas. What are yours? (And please don’t extoll the virtues of not snacking. We’re unwilling to part ways with this evening ritual!)

Saving Money on Breakfasts, Lunches, and Snacks

In this post I discussed my dinner menus that save me money on groceries.  What do we eat the rest of the time?

Breakfast foods.  We don’t eat a wide variety of foods for breakfast.  My daughter and I eat toast with peanut butter or microwave oatmeal most mornings.   Sometimes I’ll make homemade waffles or wholegrain pancakes. My husband eats granola (or other organic convenience foods) at work.

Lunch foods.  Andy eats a black bean burrito (which we make in big batches and freeze) every day for lunch–and after about six years, he has still not grown tired of them!  Audrey eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, macaroni and cheese, a quesadilla, or something like that along with apple slices, carrot sticks, or other snack-like items.  I tend to eat leftovers from dinner for lunch.
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