Snacks are essential for everyone in the family. For kids, they provide the nutrition and energy needed to power through their day and sustain them until mealtimes. Similarly, we need the energy boost and small snacks keep our metabolisms running optimally.
The problem with most snacks available in stores today is that they’re laden with SUGAR and SALT, which isn’t good for anyone. “Fruit snacks,” chips, pre-packaged Handi-snacks, and others do more harm that good in the long run.
To get back on track, here are a few recipes and ideas for healthy, easy to prepare snacks that the whole family will love.
Happy Trail Mix
In a bowl combine 1/4 cup of any 8 of the following items:
Unsalted nuts: peanuts, cashews, or almonds,
dried banana chips,
mini chocolate chips,
multi grain Cheerios,
whole wheat Chex cereal, and/or
Store in an airtight container. When fixing lunch or heading out, package trail mix in Ziploc snack bags and throw them in your purse, diaper bag, briefcase, or kids’ backpack for a nourishing pick-me-up between meals.
Rock and Roll-Ups
8 -10 slices of turkey breast, 8 -10 quickly blanched (so they’re still crisp) asparagus spears, and low-fat mayonnaise.
Spread a light layer of mayonnaise on each slice of turkey. Place an asparagus spear in the middle and roll up tightly.
Store in an airtight container. Snack on a couple roll-ups for a satisfying, healthy alternative.
Ants on a Log
4 celery sticks,
8 tbsp. peanut butter or cream cheese,
and 3 tbsp. raisins or craisins.
Wash the celery and cut it into 5 inch pieces. Fill celery with peanut butter or cream cheese. Press raisins gently into peanut butter. Kids love these!
Other Healthy Snack Ideas
Here are some super easy and super healthy snack ideas: Apple slices with cheddar cheese, apple slices with peanut butter, graham crackers with peanut butter, yogurt with granola mixed in. “Cracker Pizzas” – whole wheat or Triscuit type crackers with tomato sauce and cheese. Microwave or broil for a few minutes for a bite-sized treat. Rice cakes topped with peanut butter or fruit-flavored cream cheese and raisins, banana or strawberry slices. Tofutti Cuties snack-size ice cream sandwiches are also a great option, especially for the lactose intolerant family members.