Do your kids come home from school with ravenous appetites? You don’t want
them to starve all afternoon (and be “hangry”), but you also don’t want them to
be full when dinner is served. If you’re looking for some quick, healthy snack
ideas to tide them over, here are some of my family’s favorite nutritious snacks.
Make your own trail mix. I like to mix up a big batch and keep it in a glass jar
to have on-hand for the week. Our favorite flavor combination is unsweetened
banana chips, dried cranberries, raisins, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds
and coconut flakes. Toast the nuts, seeds and coconut flakes for extra flavor,
or just add them straight from the bag. (I also take our trail mix to restaurants
to keep Little Miss happy while we wait for our food).
Hard-boiled eggs are a great snack to make ahead of time. I’ve tried every way
to prepare them and finally found my favorite technique. Place a steamer basket
in a large pan and add water. Boil the water, then add the eggs to the steamer
basket and put on the lid. Set the timer for 11 minutes. Remove the eggs and
place them in ice cold water for a few minutes. My eggs turn out perfectly with
this method and the shells slip right off every time! (I guess I should start calling
these hard-steamed eggs).
Create a colorful fruit salad. I slice up fruits and mix them together in a large bowl
to keep ready in the fridge. Try any combination of watermelon, blueberries, straw-
berries, blackberries, cherries, mangos, peaches, nectarines, oranges or grape-
fruits. We also like to have washed apples and pears ready to eat whole since they
turn brown when sliced.
Try my celery stick trick. Peel the outside of the celery to reduce the stringy part
to make it easier to chew. If you want to get fancy, add almond butter and raisins.
Dates are one of our favorite go-to snacks. They are naturally sweet and delicious.
Slice medjool dates lengthwise and remove the pits. Slather with almond butter
and sprinkle with cinnamon. So easy and tasty!
What are your family’s favorite healthy snacks? I’d love to read about them in