The place where frugality, vegetarianism/veganism, healthful foods and teenagers seem to clash the most is around the snack table. There is so much nutritionally vacant food marketed to our kids. Aside from being a waste of money in the short run, its going to cost us more in health care in the long run. So what's a mom to do?
Around here, a frugal mom experiments constantly to come up with the next great snack to include in their lunch. For those of you without teens yet, its all about what you bring to the lunch table. We've got carob chip bars from How It All Vegan, molasses cookies from Vegweb, Chocolate Coconut Chews from The Simple Treats Cookbook and so on.
Yesterday we tried something so basic its almost embarassing to mention. We put a teaspoon of nutritional yeast and half a teaspoon of season salt on our air popped popcorn along with a spray of olive oil to make it stick. It tasted like cheese doodles! The kids were all hooked.
Its something we tried years ago in our early days of vegetarianism and then never tried again. Sometimes it really pays to revisit old ideas.