I get a lot of questions about how I feed them all, so I thought I'd do a series of posts about the ways I make food work. :)
One of my kids' favorite things in our "Snack Mix". I started making snack mix as a way to give them good snacks with stuff they like, but keeping it as healthy and low fat as possible. I also HATE TO WASTE anything. On top of that our snacks need to be low sodium because my oldest three had high blood pressure until I adjusted their diet (mainly cut out school lunches).
Here's what I do!
I go through our "cereal cabinet" and get different cereals that have been mostly finished. I put them all into a huge container. I add some type of small marshmallows (the kids especially like it if they are seasonal - snowmen, spring time, heart shaped). I then add some chocolate chips, M&Ms, Reeses Pieces. If we have a partially eaten package of pretzels or gold fish crackers then they get added.
Just a quick and careful (non crunching) mixing with my hand and we have a snack that will last for quite a while. If another bag of cereal gets almost empty then I just add it whenever it gets that way. Right now I did a special one for Spring and added a package of jelly beans to the mix.
It has just enough "sweet" and "junk" to it that the kids ask for it, but plenty of cereal, crackers, pretzels, etc that it is a good snack as well.
I love it because it eliminates waste, saves money, and is something they all love!