We all know that we ‘should’ be eating healthy snacks, but it’s so easy to reach for the unhealthy ones when we are busy.
I’ve put together ten healthy snack ideas for you, that won’t break the budget and are quick and easy.
1. Cinnamon Popcorn
This first one is my go-to when there is a class party on, and I haven’t got anything already prepared. (Which is most of the time!)
It stops me from running to the supermarket and grabbing those disgusting pre-made cupcakes, which I have been guilty of doing in the past.
Dry corn kernels can be kept for ages, so you can always have a stash on hand, as with cinnamon.
I have an inexpensive popcorn making machine, so that it can be air popped.
Sprinkle 2 tsp ground cinnamon on 4 cups air-popped popcorn.
2. Chocolate Chip Delight
This could be a really great dessert, and you can keep the chocolate chips for making other yummies, like chocolate chip biscuits (healthy ones of course!)
Mix 1 Tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips + 1/2 a cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt.
3. Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Banana Bites by Brittany Dixon at www.ahealthysliceoflife.com.
I think this will be great fun to make with the kids. If they can out up the banana and pop the almond butter on, then you can handle the chocolate = winning combination!
• 3 large bananas
• ⅓ cup nut butter of choice
• ½ cup melted chocolate of choice
1 Slice bananas into slices about ¼-1/2 inch thick.
2 Spread a little nut butter onto a slice and sandwich two slices together.
3 Place on wax paper on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid, at least an hour.
4 Melt chocolate in a double boiler and remove frozen banana bites from the freezer.
5 Dip each banana bite in chocolate and place back on wax paper. Freeze for another hour.
6 Transfer and keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks
4. Dried apple chips
It’s out and about that is often a problem for me.
If I don’t have my stash of almonds, I can be tempted to grab something to keep me going in the day, and where-ever you go, the snacks seem to be either incredibly expensive for healthy choices, or full of chemicals, preservatives, and sugar.
These dried apples will be a great choice for when I get sick of almonds.
Pop a few thin slices in the microwave, no need for sugars, but you may like to add some cinnamon. Now here’s the thing…make sure they are in a single layer.
5. Greek yogurt ranch veggie dip. by Cooking Classy
Greek yogurt is pumped with protein.
Read the instructions on how to make this delicious dip here.
If you wanted to make sure your mayo is healthy, check this one out:
6. Yogurt-covered fruit bites.
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I’m pretty sure these are going to be an absolute hit over summer in my home, especially when we hit the beach.
Then the kids can wash their sticky gorgeous fingers in the water.
I’m going hit the farmers market and get the most seasonal fruit I can, it’s cheaper, and it stays fresher for longer. (I’ve got a tip on this at the end of this blog)
Just grab your favourite sugar-free yogurt, your seasonal fruit, dip the fruit in and freeze.
A good tip is to freeze them in a few bags, so they are easy to grab out when you need them.
7. Nut Butter, Honey and Yogurt Dip.
I seem to have given you quite a few yogurt recipes…maybe you can mix them up and buy the coconut yogurt. I always look for this on special, and it’s so delicious!
This one is so easy!
Pop in the 3 ingredients, 1 cup no sugar yogurt (coconut, dairy or Greek), 3 Tspns peanut butter, 3 tsp's honey. Stir until deliciously smooth and serve with cut up apple, pear, celery, carrot, etc.
8. Zucchini and cacao brownie.
I’m always looking for ways to hide more veggies in my foods. This brownie does the job! It’s perfect for a treat. Check out the recipe here:
9. Banana, coconut and goji berry bread.
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Goji berries keep well in your pantry and can be added to so many things. They are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including: vitamin C, fiber, iron, vitamin A, zinc, antioxidants.
These berries contain all eight essential amino acids. They also contain a surprising amount of protein.
See the full recipe here:
Banana, coconut and goji berry bread
If you’re busy and don’t have time to check all the labels to make sure it’s the best product, this team does it all for you. It’s where I get my health products from: www.innerorigin.com/breatheandbemindful
10. Eclipse Organics Raw Paleo Bar Chocolate Brownie.