If you kids are like my grandchildren, they are constantly hungry and they love to snack. Unfortunately, most snacks that you buy in the store are unhealthy. They’re loaded with sugar, fat, and sodium. Which is not good for your health, let alone your children’s.
With a little advanced planning, you can have quick and easy snack ideas on hand at home, that your kids will love. Here are six fast snack ideas to start you off.
- Apple slices and cheese – It sounds so simple and so basic, but children love apples and cheese. Add a few gluten-free crackers and even some slices of ham and you have a well-rounded and healthy snack idea. The good news is, it only takes minutes to prepare. Make it fun and use a small cookie cutter to cut the cheese into fun shapes.
- Ants on a log – This is an old favorite and can be prepared two ways. The foundation of both preparations is celery sticks cut into two to three-inch lengths. Place a natural peanut butter, almond butter, sun butter or low-fat cream cheese down the middle. Now top with raisins or chocolate chips – they’re the ants! Just make sure you check the low-fat cream cheese for extra sodium or other questionable ingredients.
- GORP – Gorp stands for “good old raisins and peanuts.” However, you can give it any twist you like. Many children are allergic to or don’t like peanuts. Substitute dried fruit chips, whole grain gluten-free cereal like Chex or the certified gluten-free variety of Nature’s Path Whole O’s cereal. Add a few chocolate chips or candies and your children have a high fiber snack they can eat by the handful. Prepare a large batch of it and serve it as an after-school snack. It’s also great for road trips.
- Baked chips and salsa – Again there are two approaches to this tasty snack. You can use gluten-free nut crackers or corn tortillas. If you’re using nut crackers, serve plain or with a fruit-based salsa or chutney. If you’re using corn tortillas, cut them into squares, brush with vegetable oil and place in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes. Again, watch the time because they can get too dark very quickly. Serve with salsa.
- Hummus – Hummus is a mixture of chickpeas and tahini (sesame paste). It’s usually made to taste. Begin with a can of chickpeas and a tablespoon of tahini. Add garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Serve with vegetables to dip.
- Air-popped popcorn – You can buy an air popper for under twenty dollars. Keep fresh popcorn on hand. You can buy it in bulk. Melt butter or buttery coconut oil and add it as a topping. Sprinkle salt lightly and enjoy.
Kids love to snack and eat. With these six quick and easy ideas you can be sure they’re eating healthy too.
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