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#1 daysaregifts

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 10:29 AM

Something that could be bought from Sams, Costco, etc.

mini pretzel packages
raisins

What else? To me "fruit snacks" (chewies) don't fit the bill.

Would love any thoughts!

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 10:33 AM

Costco has real fruit leathers rather than the "fruit snacks" kind but not sure if you put them in the same category

Costco has gluten free rice crackers now that are tasty, at least to my crew

Dried fruits of various types
Plain fruit cut up
Cut up veggies
Whole grain crackers with or without bits of cheese
Yogurts? Need refrigeration

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 10:38 AM

How big a group? Is there a preparation area available?

I plan to run a open house/pool party/ birthday /graduation event :001_smile: in a few weeks. My plan is a running grill with hot dogs & hamburgers.

The side dishes will be:

veggie tray (it really doesn't take much work to chop celery, carrots, cucumbers, etc - if you have the space and equipment)
Chopped watermelon
chips and salsa
devilled eggs (depending on the fridge available at the community room)
tubs of cheap ice cream with toppings (again dependent on facilities)
Cheese and relish tray

I am flying in from out of state, my sis and dad have rented the community room in an apartment complex. I have never seen it. Neither sis nor dad has any willingness to fix food. They would do this at a restuarant but I want to have a long afternoon with folks I only see once a year, not a crowded rushed lunch where I am worried that we are tying up some poor waitresses table. iykwim :tongue_smilie:

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 10:39 AM

None.

Eat at mealtime.

Learn to do activities without having a snack break.

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 10:40 AM

I'm not very familiar with those stores… they sell large/bulk type packages, right? What about granola bars, or those cheese/cracker packs (they make them with peanut butter too if there are no allergies in your group) … do they sell yoghurt covered raisins? Those are delicious.

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 10:40 AM

None.

Eat at mealtime.

Learn to do activities without having a snack break.


I think the OP *wants* to have snacks. ;)

#7 plain jane

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 10:42 AM

How large of a group and what ages? Do you have refrigeration available?

-yogurt cups
-watermelon slices
-trailmix, divided into smaller cups for each child (not so great for adults but could work)
-hummus and fresh veggies
-peanut butter on celery with raisins on top ;)
-an apple each :D

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 10:43 AM

None.

Eat at mealtime.

Learn to do activities without having a snack break.


I think the OP *wants* to have snacks. ;)


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#9 Snickerdoodle

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 10:51 AM

I think the OP *wants* to have snacks. ;)


I was responding to the economical aspect. Not having snacks is very economical.

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 11:08 AM

Almonds
I love the Sweet Potato chips I get there, but I don't think they qualify as healthy ;)
I second cheese - Costco has lots of interesting cheeses, some presliced. We had a yummy Irish one last week.
Avocados - alone or made into a simple guacamole (I just use salt and pepper and fresh squeezed lime juice)

#11 daysaregifts

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 11:45 AM

Great ideas! Guess I should have clarified...this is a weekly gathering for up to 100 children, and the decision by the one in charge is to have some type of healthier, snack type food available. In the past there was a scheduled "snack time" but they're moving away from that but still want kids to have an option to "grab" a snack. (I do know many kids who need something...or may be more alert or obedient... every few hours because of adrenal/blood sugar issues.) Wish there was time/personnel/money to cut up veggies and fruit-- which would be my very favorite option. :)

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 01:24 PM

I don't know what age group, but a quick one is cheese & apples if you have the type of apple slicer that will core and slice a whole apple at once. Most kids don't want a whole apple...slice a few, then replenish the serving tray as necessary. Cube the cheese to the size of dice.; Any leftover cheese can be stored; perhaps insert a pretzel stick in for another week's snack.


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