I’ve always been concerned about what my kids ate, no matter what age they were. I wanted to make sure they had healthy meals, as well as nutritional snacks during the day. It’s just as easy to have good food for snacks as it is to have a bag of chips or a box of cookies in the pantry. Here are some simple healthy snack ideas anyone can whip up in a few minutes. Some of these snacks can even be prepared ahead of time, such as tasty homemade granola bars, and stored in the fridge for someone to eat at any time.
Cut up a bunch of fruit in large pieces and string them along a wooden skewer. You can use red or green grapes, pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, whole strawberries, kiwi, or any kind of fruit sturdy enough to wedge onto the kabob stick.
More and more companies are making chips out of random veggies, not just white potatoes. Various other root crops are being sliced, dried, and eaten as chips; sweet potato, yucca, and jicama to name a few. You can also make your own veggie chips by dehydrating zucchini or yellow squash. These are both easy to slice into thin circles and dry fairly quickly. A batch can be made up and stored in an airtight container in a dry, cool place for quite a few months.
I don’t use bread on sandwiches, so I prefer to wrap up cheese slices or thin strips in a piece of deli-sliced turkey or chicken. If you have a bit of extra time, you can mix up some spices (chives, basil, or dill) into a small amount of cream cheese. The cheese can be spread thinly onto the meat of your choice and then rolled up.
Carrots & PB
I’m surprise at how many people still haven’t tried carrots dipped into peanut butter. I happened upon this combo when my son was very small. He liked to dip his carrots in hummus during snack time, but one afternoon we happened to be out of hummus and I offered him peanut butter instead. I don’t think I’ve dipped a carrot in hummus since, when given the choice between it and peanut butter!
Nutty Pretzel Wands
Take a large stick pretzel (the ones that are as big around as the handle on a wooden spoon) and spread creamy peanut butter all around one end of it. Roll this gooey section in a plate of dried fruit or crushed nuts of any kind.
Saltine or Graham Cracker Sandwiches
Saltines are the perfect size for making miniature PB & jelly or cheese & meat sandwiches. You could also use graham crackers instead and spread on some plain Greek yogurt mixed with fresh fruit or honey.
Sprinkle the shredded cheese of your choice onto a flour tortilla, top with a second tortilla, and warm in a skillet until both sides have been toasted. You can speed up the process by zapping the tortilla-encased cheese shreds in the microwave for a minute to melt the cheese and quickly toasting the melty snack in a hot skillet for a few seconds on each side.
Give it a Whirl!
Any of these simple healthy snack ideas can be altered to suit your family’s likes, dislikes, or dietary needs. I think half the fun is coming up with new combinations to try!
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What is your favorite healthy snack?