I have 8 boys, and feeding them has been such a learning experience for me. I'm going to also do a post on meals, but since boys (especially teenage boys) tend to be hungry ALL.THE.Time, I wanted to focus on snacks first.
Despite the fact that my boys are always hungry, I do not allow grazing at our house. I think set snack times are a better idea than constantly grazing, at least for our family. I could go into this, but I think for now I'll just focus on the snacks. I do my best to make sure most of the snacks are good for sustaining boys for several hours. Sugar, just causes the kids to get cranky and then to be starving within the hour. I learned that the snacks I've shared below really do help them feel full, balance that blood sugar, and provides them the fuel they need until meal time.
*I buy DOZENS of eggs.
Boiled eggs are a staple around here. Loaded with protein, they really fill up a hungry boys stomach and they are not expensive. *A tip for getting the peel off eggs easily. I always boil with 2 tsp of baking soda plus a dash of salt in the water. When I store the boiled eggs in the refrigerator, we always run the egg under tap water to sort of 'shock' the shell into loosening for easy peeling. If we take them on picnics, I do this before I pack them. They almost always peel easily.
*I buy bulk carrots, I keep 3 or more peelers at the ready.
Sometimes I let them peel their own, some boys just wash the carrot and eat it without peeling. Sometimes I not only peel them, but I also cut them into sticks.
*Celery in bulk, peanut butter too.
*Apples, lots and lots of apples.
*Popcorn, I purchase a 50 lb. bag of popcorn once a year. When you break it down, the cost per pound is less than a dollar. We air pop it and also pop it on the stove. They love this as a snack.
*Hummus, with veggies, or with pita chips
~all the quick breads & blondies - I will add flax flour and use half whole wheat when I want to bulk it up.
*Granola - sometimes I make this with more honey and make granola bars, other times I let them pour almond milk or dairy milk over this. (this is one of the more 'sweet' of the snacks)
*Large bags or buckets of peanuts or sunflower seeds. They especially love this in the months where they can be outside and just toss the shells into the yard.
*I generally have large bags of grapefruit or oranges, clementines etc... Citrus does NOT fill them up, even with all that fiber. When we have oranges, it is usually accompanied with something substantial, like cheese.
*String cheese is fun, but buy large blocks of cheese. It is cheaper, and the slices can be thick to give them a substantial portion. (I do also buy string cheese every once in a while as a treat)
*We also have peanut butter sandwiches or turkey sandwiches for after school snacks when I know dinner is going to be late.
A note on bread - buy the WHOLE WHEAT or WHOLE GRAIN, this sustains growing boys much, much longer! Ezekiel bread is even better, but who can afford to spend over $5.00 a loaf regularly.
I just typed this out quickly, without putting too much thought into it. I know as I remember other snacks I'll edit the post. Please feel free to add ideas in the comments too.