I know I sound pretentious, but I try to give my kids snacks that do not come pre-packaged or processed. Fruit and nuts are always a winner, but everyone likes to mix it up a bit, which is why we are all really into:
I thought I was being all edgy and cool making these, but since Google-ing it, I realize there has been buzz about these little yummy gems for a while. However, they are so easy to make, I won't worry about being a trendy little sheep.
There are a lot of recipes out there, but what has been working for me is to toss 3.5 cups (the equivalent of 2 cans, but I soak and cook my own beans -- much cheaper and less packaging waste) of chickpeas with 3 TBSP of olive oil, a bit of salt and spices, then roast at 450 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
If your children are very young, you may want them on the soft side. They can get very crunchy if you leave them in the oven for a long time. I like them super-crunchy, but you may not.
Spices to try:
- garam masala
- pizza seasoning
Best of all: it's a WHOLE food! If you are interested, go to WHFoods to find out why chickpeas are good for you (and your kids!).