Healthy snack options don’t have to be difficult. Sometimes they just require an extra minute.
The kids are always asking, “What can I eat? I’m hungry.” Snack companies are smart. They know we are going to go for the quick and easy snacks. The more convenient they make it the more likely we are to buy it. Often that means we sacrifice with our wallets and our waistlines. But we don’t have to.
I find when I prepare snacks ahead of time we not only save money on “convenience packaging”, but we ultimately save with our health. We save on throw away packaging by using reusable snack bags, like the ones I reviewed (and love) from ChicoBag. We save our health by eating easy healthier snacks like the ideas below.
Fruits and Veggies
- Celery with peanut butter or sunflower butter and raisins
- Peanut Butter Apples with Celery
- Clementines (Cuties are just the right size)
- Frozen grapes
- Green pepper slices
- Carrot sticks/baby carrots
- Cucumber slices
- abound fuji apple and blueberry clusters
- Dried fruit and seed trail mix
- Pretzels – we still eat these sometimes and I don’t have time or a good recipe so we buy ones that have the least ingredients. I try to pair them with cheese or hummus for a heartier snack.
- Tortilla chips – ultimately I would like to make these but we aren’t there yet
- Air popped popcorn – we usually add a little bit of butter and salt but making our own allows us to control the amount added, plus the kids can help make it.
- Harvest Snaps – ADDICTING! This is why we need premade snack bags. I could eat the whole bag, which wouldn’t be so good.
- Somersaults – my daughter and I love these. Again, portion control is important, but I like that a few really curb my hunger. I like to pair 1/2 a serving size with black bean dip or hummus.
- Yogurt parfaits – we start with plain yogurt and add fruit, celery, raisins, and/or a few chocolate chips
- Cheese slices – (usually combined with veggies or pretzels)
- Smoothies – throw a little of this and a little of that in the blender and make a yummy smoothie. You can even make yummy healthy freezer pops with this mixture.
Easy Homemade Recipes for Snack Dips
What are some ways your family stays on track with healthy snacking? Leave a comment with your favorite snacks.