You cannot really tell what kind of food your kids are eating at school. You cannot ensure yourself that their canteen are serving the right healthy meals. It is always ideal to prepare the snacks yourself and be confident that your kids are getting the right amount of nutrients everyday. The challenge however is how to come up with different snacks everyday and prevent your kids from getting bored of the same meal. Listed below are 15 Healthy Snack ideas that you can try at home!
1. Apples and Peanut Butter
Aside from being an easy recipe and undeniably scrumptious, Apple and Peanut butter goes well together. Apple with peanut butter is actually a very healthy snack. As long as you use natural peanut butter over the regular ones, there is nothing to worry about calories and fat. Apples on the first place is rich in fibre while peanuts are great source of monounsaturated fat. Above all, this snack is very easy to prepare.
2. Yogurt and Fruit
Yogurt alone is already a healthy snack to indulge yourself with. Yogurt is rich in important nutrients, high in protein and absolutely great for digestion which makes it an ideal choice for those who are aiming to lose weight. To make it more delightful, you can add chunks fresh fruits into a plain Greek Yogurt to add more flavour and natural sweetness to it. You can also mix it with pecans and a little honey.
3. Fruits and Nuts
Why do you need to search for complicated recipes if you can just prepare the simple ones. In fact, some of the best and healthy snacks are the simplest ones. Nothing can be more healthier than fresh fruits that you can perfectly match with nuts. A piece of pear paired with dozen of almonds can only give you less calories and provides all the nutrients you need for a day including vitamins, fiber and healthy fats.
4. Tuna and Crackers
This is another perfect combination and is absolutely easy to prepare. Grab some crackers (wheat crackers preferably), slice up celery and put a decent amount of tuna or tuna spread. This healthy snack is rich in fiber, protein and omega 3 fatty acids which is good for the heart. Tuna also has antioxidant properties which can boost your immune system.
5. Veggie Sticks and Dip
Vegetables may not be the first option for kids but you can turn these veggies more appetizing by slicing them into thin sticks. Veggies like carrots, zucchini, cucumber and celery are perfect healthy snacks. To make it more tasty, you can pair these veggie sticks with a yummy dip. You can find a lot of easy to prepare dips online that you can absolutely prepare at home instead of buying those commercially produced ones. Vegetables are extremely high in fibre and packed with overwhelming vitamins and minerals that our body needs everyday.
6. Mini Fruit Pizza
Sometimes you really need to be creative and turn simple snacks into an appetizing meals especially for those kids who are very picky on what they eat. Instead of giving them plain fruit slices, you can transform this simple snack into a cool and colorful Mini Fruit Pizza. Bake simple sugar cookies and spread right amount of cream cheese frosting on top and put a decent amount of fruit slices. Strawberries, kiwi, berries and banana are few of the ideal fruit choices.
7. Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Instead of deep fried French Fries, why not baked them instead? First of all, baking allows you to isolate unhealthy fats from the regular cooking oil that you normally use in frying. Sweet Potato is also a healthier alternative. It is filled with beta carotene which is being converted by our body to Vitamin A which is good for our vision, boosts immune system and healthy skin. You can also prepare honey-mustard dipping sauce which is also rich source of Vitamin B.
8. Pop Corn
We normally eat popcorns when we hit cinemas or if we are watching movies at home. Surprisingly, popcorn is also a healthy snack that you can bring anywhere. They are very easy to prepare and most of all they are also healthy. Popcorn is high in fibre and low in calories. It’s absolutely a guilt-free snack you can bring at work or in school.
9. Celery and Peanut Butter
Who would have thought that they are a good pair? Celery and peanut butter are both healthy in many levels. Peanut Butter alone (natural ones) are good source of monounsaturated fats. Celery on the other hand is rich in fibre and low in calories. The sticky peanut butter is wonderfully balanced by the crunchiness of celery stick. To top it all, this is extremely easy to prepare! Guacamole on celery sticks is also a healthy alternative.
10. Zucchini Pizza Bites
Here comes a healthier version of your favorite pizza. It’s an old but goodie recipe that you and your kids will surely enjoy. Satisfy your craving for pizza in a low carb way. Simply slice up the zucchini, top it with skim mozzarella and quick marinara sauce. Drizzle with olive oil spray and season it with salt and pepper. You can also put pepperoni to it and sprinkle some dried oregano leaves. A healthy alternative for pizza indeed!
11. Oatmeal Cups
Oatmeal cups are very easy to prepare and absolutely healthy. Those who are always on a hurry and tend to skip their breakfast, this snack is a perfect thing to prepare. It’s something you can eat on the go. Mix all the ingredients like milk, applesauce, nut butter, maple syrup , vanilla and eggs on a bowl. Add oats, baking powder and salt. Pour the batter into muffin tin and bake! This healthy snack is rich in fibre and good for digestion.
12. Buffalo Cauliflower
Instead of buffalo chicken wings, you should find a healthier alternative but equally delicious and appetizing. Surprisingly, you can use cauliflower as an ideal and healthier substitute to chicken meat. Simply coat the cauliflower with flour mixture and bake. You can add hot sauce and prepare a healthy dip to make it more delightful. Cauliflower is a great source of fibre and essential vitamins and minerals.
13. Baked Banana Chips
Instead of those unhealthy junk foods, why don’t you prepare something similar yet still healthy. Baked Banana chips are very simple and easy to prepare. Simply slice banana in thin cuts and put the slices on a baking sheet. Bruch each slice with a pinch amount of lemon juice. Bake the bananas until they are dried out. Let them cool until they are crispy enough! Tadah! A great and healthier substitute for for unhealthy chips.
14. Carrot Chips
Just like the Baked banana chips, Carrot Chips are equally healthy and delicious. Kids who are not into veggies can be tricked by this snack and they will not even realized that they are actually eating carrots. Slice carrots in paper thin. Toss them in oil, sea salt, cumin and cinnamon and bake them until crunchy.Carrots are particularly good source of beta carotene, fibre, potassium and antioxidants.
15. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites
Peanut Butter and Banana is absolutely a perfect pair. It’s an old classic recipe that never disappoint our taste buds. Interestingly, you can have this classic healthy snack to an all new level. Slice the bananas in 1 cm thick rounds, spread peanut butter on each slice and top it with another banana slice (like a sandwich). Coat each bites with melted dark chocolate and put them on the fridge!