Healthy Snack Time on a Budget

If your kids are anything like mine, they want to snack all day long. In fact, I think my 4-year-old-daughter would rather snack than eat a real meal. The challenge for moms is coming up with a healthy and filling snack.
Our house is addicted to hummus and pita chips. I was buying them by the gallon, until my friend pointed out I could save money and make my own. Not only is it so easy, you can experiment and make some fun hummus concoctions.
Baked Pita Chips
Makes 48 Chips: 16 Servings
Olive Oil spray for baking sheets
4 6″ whole-wheat pita breads
3 Tbls of extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/4 tsp of salt
*We have also added rosemary, oregano, basil, parm cheese to mix it up a bit.
  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Spray baking sheets with olive oil.
  2. Working with one pita at a time, use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut each pita into two halves then cut into triangles. (We usually let my 4-year-old do this to practice her cutting skills.)
  3. In a small dish, combine the olive oil with garlic. Lightly brush each pita triangle with oil and garlic mixture, sprinkle pita with salt.
  4. Bake the chips until they are lightly browned around the edges, turning the pans once while baking, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool before serving. (Chips can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days.)
Makes 2 cups: 16 Servings
1-15 ounce can of chickpeas
1/4 cup of lemon juice
3 tbs of tahini (Found in the peanut butter aisle of most grocery stores)
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
*We have mixed in pesto, roasted red peppers, added paprika, etc. Have fun!)
  1. Drain the chickpeas over a bowl and reserve 1/4 cup of the captured liquid.
  2. In your food processor or blender put in the lemon juice, tahini, garlic, olive oil, salt and chickpeas with reserved liquid. Process until very smooth, scrapping down the sides as needed. Taste and add more lemon juice if desired.
  3. The hummus can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.
Enjoy your snack time like we do!
—Kim Fletcher, Parenting Program Volunteer

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