Sugar Overload? Try These Tasty Snack Recipes for the Whole Family
I don't know about you but I'm on sugar over-load. Thanksgiving pies, Christmas candy, and now Valentine's chocolates have me making lists of all the healthy foods I want to eat. I'm trying to get my kids on board which is not always easy. Snacks for kids (and adults) are often packed with carbs and sugar and the easiest to grab on-the-go are often the most unhealthy. I've included a list of healthy snacks that the whole family will love and are pretty simple and easy to make.
Thankfully there are lots of great, easy recipes online to keep food fresh and interesting. Below are eight great snacks you can feed yourself and your little ones, picky or not. Feel free to alter the recipes to suit your preferences and dietary needs. These recipes are healthy analogues the the sugary, salty snacks we often try to steer away from, and you and your kids will love them all the same!
1. Fruit Kabobs (from Real Everything)
-Mixed fruit of your choice
This is an easy recipe. Simply put chunks of fruit on a Popsicle stick (no sharp points!); a perfect recipe for families who are on the go.
2. Sweet Potato Fries (Recipe from Parenting.com)
-2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 small)
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder (optional)
-1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Cut each sweet potato in half lengthwise, and place it flat side down on a cutting board. Cut the potato halves into 1-inch-wide wedges.
2. In a small bowl, combine the oil, chili powder (if adding) and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Place the potatoes on a roasting pan and brush with the oil mixture. Lay the potatoes flesh side down on the pan and put the pan in the oven.
3. Cook until potatoes, turning once, until soft, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and season with remaining1/2 teaspoon salt. Let the wedges cool for a bit, and serve warm.
3. Homemade Fruit Snacks (Recipe from Wellness Mama)
-8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) gelatin powder
-¼ cup honey or maple syrup (optional and to taste)
-2 cups fruit juice or kombucha
-1 cup defrosted frozen berries, pureed (optional)
It is important to have all ingredients ready before beginning as you'll need to work quickly once you start.
1.Place fruit juice or kombucha and honey/maple syrup in a small saucepan and heat over low heat until warm and starting to simmer but not hot or boiling. Add pureed fruit, if using.
2. Start sprinkling gelatin over the juice mixture while whisking or using an immersion blender. Continue doing this until all gelatin is incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Adding the gelatin too quickly will make it more difficult to get the mixture to incorporate. An immersion blender is not necessary but greatly speeds up the process.
3. As soon as the gelatin is mixed in and the mixture is smooth, pour into molds or a lined/greased baking dish and place in the refrigerator or freezer until hardened.
Olives contain lots of healthy fats, and are a fantastic finger food option for the little ones. Even better, they require little prep and are mess-free! Be sure to remove the pits and cut them in half for the little ones who are new to eating solid foods.
5. Cucumber Roll Ups (Recipe from SheKnows)
-1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
-1 tablespoon curry powder
-1 tablespoon lime juice
-salt and pepper
-1 tablespoons herbs, such as cilantro, if desired
-Ham or turkey if desired
1. Slice the cucumbers using a mandolin at a 2 mm thickness setting or using a vegetable peeler. Lay the cucumbers aside on a paper towel plate to allow excess moisture to drain.
2. Mix together the yogurt, curry powder and lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spread the yogurt mixture across the cucumber slices and sprinkle with fresh herbs if desired. Spread thinly sliced ham or turkey across the cucumber slices if desired.
3. Roll up carefully, using a toothpick to close if needed. Refrigerate until serving.
6. Ham roll-ups (Recipe from Parenting.com)
-Apple, cut into think wedges
-Thin slice of cheddar cheese
-Ham or turkey
Slice apple into thin wedges. Top with a small slice of cheddar cheese. Wrap with a slice of deli ham or turkey.
7. Carrots with Peanut Dipping Sauce (Recipe from Parenting.com)
-3 tablespoons of peanut butter
-1 tablespoon of honey
-A splash of soy sauce
-A few drops of sesame oil
-Water to smooth
1.Mix everything but the carrot sticks together with a fork or whisk in a bowl. Add water as needed to thin mixture to a dipping consistency (all-natural peanut butter needs more; everyday brands need less).
8. Got a Sweet Tooth? Healthy Fig Newton Knockoffs (Recipe from Simply Taylor)
For the filling:
-1 cup fresh figs (about 10), stems cut off
-1/4 cup honey
-1 tsp cinnamon
-pinch of sea salt
For the crust:
-2 1/2 cups almond flour
-1/4 tsp sea salt
-1/2 cup honey
-1/4 cup maple syrup
-1/4 cup almond butter
-2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
-1 tsp vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. To make the crust, combine almond flour and salt in a medium sized bowl. Combine wet ingredients in a large bowl. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet, stirring well until a dough is formed.
3. Chill dough in refrigerator for about an hour. While dough is chilling, prepare your filling. In a food processor, combine all filling ingredients until a thick gel forms (it's okay to leave some chunks!) Place filling in fridge to chill.
4.After an hour, remove dough from refrigerator and separate into 5 equal parts. Taking each part separately, roll out dough into a rectangle shape (about 5 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick) between two pieces of parchment paper.
5. Cut off rounded edges as needed to create a symmetrical rectangle (Just add the extra edges back to the rest of the dough!) Spoon 1/5 of filling evenly onto one side of the dough (lengthwise), leaving a bit of an edge for when you flip the other side over.
6. Carefully take the non-filling edge and flip over lengthwise. Use your fingers to press dough together where the two edges meet, creating a seam.
7. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and repeat with remaining sections of dough. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire rack. Once completely cool, cut into 2 inch pieces.
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