The spring is a crazy time of year in our house. Everyone is constantly on-the-go, running from activity to activity. We work hard to keep our snacks healthy, but it can be challenging when everyone is off in different directions.
As parents of young children, we hear the phrase “I’m hungry” all too often. Children are quick to grab a handful of potato chips or a candy bar as a quick fix if they’re not guided towards a healthier option. Having healthy, ready-made snacks on hand is key.
Here are a few healthy snack suggestions that are simple to make and easy to grab on the run:
Mixed-up trail mix
- Nuts (if no allergies)
- Dried fruit
- Seeds (pumpkin or sunflower)
Mix all or any combination of the ingredients above together and enjoy! Place in small, single serving containers.
Chewy snack bars
- 3 cups air popped popcorn
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 cup diced strawberries
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- Heat honey in saucepan until it thins out and pours easily.
- Put popcorn, sliced strawberries and nuts in a large bowl and mix until blended.
- Pour honey over mixture and stir with wooden spoon.
- Press into greased 9×13″ pan, cover with plastic wrap and chill for several hours.
- Press mixture firmly before cutting into bars. Serves 12.
Cut up fruit and/or vegetables
The trusty ole’ standby. Healthy and convenient snacking doesn’t really get any easier than this. Simply cut up fruits and vegetables so they are ready to grab and store them in easily accessible containers.
Boom. Done. Hunger conquered. Diet saved.
Quick tips for eco-friendly, healthy, and cost conscious snacks
- Don’t buy any single use items- no single serving snack bags. The packaging is wasteful and not cost effective.
- Try to buy organic ingredients whenever possible.
- Buy products with little or no packaging to prevent excess waste.
- Shop locally and buy food in bulk.
Happy snacking! What healthy snacks do you grab-n-go?
[Chewy Snack Bar recipe from Calorie Count; Photo: used under Creative Commons from Kari Sullivan/Flickr]