When it comes to preparing healthy foods, snacks food rank among the most challenging for me. I don’t mind spending time in the kitchen to fry eggs for breakfast or make a healthy dinner, but snacks should be fast, right?
Graham crackers topped with peanut butter and chocolate chips or a tube of Pringles are yummy treats on occasion. On a daily basis I want to serve my kids snacks that curb their appetite as well as nurture their growing bodies.
These are some of my favorite healthy snacks. Each snack only takes a few minutes to prepare or can be made in large batches and stored for busy days.
- Fresh veggies dipped in hummus, vegetable dip or guacamole dip. To make it easier, wash, peel and cut up several portions of vegetables at a time. Spray carrots with a bit of water to keep crunchy and store veggies in airtight containers/bags in the fridge.
- (Non-microwave) Popcorn. Popped in coconut oil/butter and seasoned with sea salt and kelp, popcorn is one of my kid’s favorite snacks. We don’t have a microwave and pop our corn in a Stir Crazy, but you can also make it in a pot on the stove.
- Nourishing Energy Bites. These tasty treats are packed with healthy ingredients and store great. Pull them out of the freezer for a quick snack.
- Fresh fruit
- Peanut butter with apples or celery. Want to get really adventurous? Make your own peanut butter!
- Homemade trail mix. Mix up nuts (preferably raw), raisins, craisins, coconut chips and/or dried banana chips and store in an airtight container for a quick snack.
- Deviled eggs
- Mini muffins. Make up a large batch of muffins for breakfast and freeze the rest. Thaw for a quick snack. (These Whole Wheat Applesauce Muffins and Whole Wheat Pumpkin (or Sweet Potato!) Muffins freeze incredibly well.)
- Nourishing Protein Bars. These bars are protein packed and so delicious. I think they’re as good as cookies, but made from healthy, whole foods. Will and I gobble them up! (Joshua and Rose aren’t quite as big fans.)
- Homemade yogurt. Top with granola, make savory raita, freeze as popsicles or just eat plain.
- Crackers and cheese. (We love these homemade crackers, but homemade are bit too much work for busy days!)
What about you? What are your favorite healthy snacks?