For kids on the go, snacks must be portable. When the kids are full (or, more likely, too busy to eat), they can stuff the bags into their pockets and save them until they are hungry again.
1/4 cup margarine, melted
1 tbsp. dry taco seasoning mix
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
2 tbsp. vegetable oil Mix the melted margarine with taco seasoning and set aside. Pop the popcorn kernels in the oil in a large, covered pot, pop, and then pour the popped corn into a large serving bowl. Stir in the seasoned margarine and toss lightly. Serves 4.
4 cups oat or crispy rice cereal
1 cup chopped peanuts
1 cup raisins or chopped dried prunes or apricots
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup chopped pretzels
3 tbsp. margarine, melted (optional)
Place all ingredients in a 2-quart sealable plastic bag, seal and shake until mixed. Serves 6 to 8.
Place a graham cracker in a plastic baggy, seal it shut and crush the crackers into fine sand using a large spoon. Add a few raisins to the bag and have the kids dig for bugs in the sand. Experiment with other tasty critters--dried cranberry "ladybugs," carob chip "ants" and fruit snack "worms."