If you are looking for healthy snacks for you, your family, or just your kids. You are sure to find some fun healthy snack ideas right here in this post. I’ve put together a list of the best and healthiest snacks to serve up to your family.
I believe, there are two types of people in this world. Meal people and snack people. I am a snack people. I like eating small portions throughout the day. The problem with this is sometimes I forget my portion control. So if I have the wrong type of snack I’ll end up eating way too much of it.
Having simple homemade snack I can at least feel like I’m eating something healthy instead of boxed or prepackaged snacks that have all sorts of preservatives in them. I also know that my husband and my son are eating healthy snacks too.
I think the biggest downfall to homemade snacks is that they often take a bit of time to make. When you lead a busy life it’s easier to grab a bag of chips for a snack than actually prepare and make your own snacks. I have a couple of solutions to this problem.
Make It A Fun Activity
My favorite solution to this is to make it a fun activity.
As a mom I’m always looking for new things to do with my son, things that he would actually like to do. He’s not much of a crafter, and let’s face it, I’m not either. But he does like to get in the kitchen and help me make new things.
I started having him actually help me make meals as a way to help his picky eating. The theory was sound in since being active in the kitchen with me while I cook, he has tried more foods. Of course he’s still a bit picky but he enjoys more than just chicken nuggets and frozen waffles now. So it’s a start.
Making healthy snacks, even if your kid won’t eat them, at least introduces them to new foods and if you’re lucky enough some new flavors too. Plus you don’t really care about the time that goes into making the snacks because you’re actually just spending more time with your kid.
Batch All Your Snack Making
Pick two or three snacks you might want in the week and make enough to last you the whole week on your day off. I do a lot of my meal prep in this way because it saves me time during the week.
If you do this every week you’ll spend less money in your grocery shopping getting unhealthy prepackaged stuff. You’ll also me more likely to reach for a healthy snack instead of stopping off at the store for something unhealthy.
Portion Your Snacks
After you make your snacks portion them out so you don’t do what I do. If I don’t portion my snacks before I know it I’ve eaten all of the snacks I made and I have nothing to snack on the rest of the week.
By pre-portioning out your snack foods you can actually make sure you are saving some of your snacks for later in the week when the munchies hit again.
20 Healthy Snacks
Now that you have the solutions that take away some of the inconvenience of making homemade snacks, let’s dive into some delicious snack recipes you can try.
Baked Carrot Chips
Carrots are naturally sweet so these carrot chips are perfect when craving something sweet and crunchy. Try different types of sweet or even savory seasonings to give the carrots any flavor you want.
Parmesan Zucchini Crisps
These are a great healthy snack to serve up as an appetizer. Do the same for yellow squash or even sweet potatoes and serve an arrangement of different chips at your next party. It’s a mostly guilt free way to get your snack on.
Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Banana Bites
This is a great go to for those ice cream cravings. The sweetness of the chocolate, paired with the frozen banana, and the little bit of protein in the peanut butter offers a well rounded snack that cures the sweet tooth on warm days.
Baked Parmesan Tomatoes
My husband is not a tomato fan at all, they actually upset his stomach. I love tomatoes though, so this is an easy snack for Saturdays, when all I really want is something light for lunch.
Speaking of tomatoes, I’m a big fan of just sliced tomatoes with sliced cucumber. Add a light spray of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Peach Lemonade Ice
It’s so easy to be tempted into eating frozen sweets on hot summer days. This cures that cold and sweet tooth craving without extra calories. Smoothies and ices like this help you to get in an extra serving of fruit in a day too.
Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks
Cut out extra carbs in your diet but still get your cheesy breadsticks. Use cauliflower instead and have a healthy snack. If your kid is a baked cheesy bread fan like mine but a picky eater this might be enough to trick them into getting more fiber in their diet.
Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas
This is my go to when I’m craving churros. While you wont get a crunch that cinnamon sugar just cures the craving quickly. We always have bananas in our house so this is actually one of our favorite recipes.
Peanut Butter Breakfast Bites
I LOVE these, when you are in a rush but need a good healthy snack this is an easy one to make ahead of time and keep on hand. I highly recommend portioning this snack out though because it’s pretty easy to eat all of them in one sitting.
Yogurt Dipped Strawberries
Want a healthy fruit snack you can make, keep frozen, and eat when the sweet cravings strike? These are super easy to make. If you want a thick yogurt covering dip the strawberries in yogurt, freeze, dip again, and freeze. These are great in the summer when you need a cold snack. You’ll always find this and frozen grapes in my freezer in the summer.
Cinnamon Apple Chips
You know kids and apples right? You know the kid wants an apple, gets an apple, then takes three bites, puts the apple down and you walk into the living room to see three apples all with three bites taken out of them? Yea this snack stops that from happening.
Now your kid grabs an apple ring and finishes it leaving the rest of the apple rings safely stored for a sweet snack for you later. Make a peanut butter dip and the whole family is super happy with it too.
This isn’t going to be an easy make ahead recipe but it’ll make sure your kid gets their protein and their serving of fruit. Unless your kid is my kid and will pick the chocolate off and eat it first and only, leaving the rest of the apple cookie for me.
Leave off the chocolate though and it’s a fast favorite for a lot of kids.
Cauliflower Buffalo Bites
While my husband and I decided to follow a Vegan diet for 6 months I had a graving for wings. Well, if I’m being honest cauliflower does not make the best wing texture. Which is totally ok, because they still make for an amazing snack.
These didn’t last long in our house as my husband and I both really enjoyed them.
Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
I’m a big fan of snack bars. You can wrap them up in parchment paper and take them to go or you can grab one and eat it to curb hunger in between meals. Snack bars an be made all sorts of different ways but this is one of my favorite. I get my much needed fiber and some much needed sweetness all in one bar.
Lemon Poppy Seed Energy Bites
For a no bake energy bite this one is packed with protein. Also it’s in one of my favorite recipes. So instead of grabbing a lemon poppy seed muffin on the way to work just grab a handful of these and be full until lunch.
Frozen Yogurt Berry Bites
Do you and your kids need a cold healthy fruity snack? These yogurt bites are perfect for the kids who like their sweet snacks but you want the piece of mind that it’s healthy. They are pretty great for snack for moms who want something quick too before their child sees what they are doing.
Parmesan Garlic Zucchini Chips
Zucchini chips are a great healthy chip alternative for your family. My husband loves zucchini so I make a double batch of these, especially during zucchini season.
Related: 75+ Vegan Recipes For Every Meal
Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Sweet potatoes are my jam so I was really excited to find these. I love how you can swap out pretty much any potato snack recipe for sweet potatoes and have a healthier snack.
Strawberry Granola Yogurt Bark
Need to get more probiotics or protein in your diet. This is the snack for you. This frozen delicious snack has the perfect blend of sweet and healthy.
Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas
Crispy chickpeas are great source of protein for salads, as an afternoon snack, or even in wraps. Make sure you use parchment paper on your baking sheet to avoid sticking issues. While it’s not necessary you may want to make sure you get all the skins off the chickpeas before baking them too.
Related: Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry
Tuna Salad Cucumber Bites
I actually love to eat tuna this way for lunch. It’s a healthier alternative to a tuna sandwich or tuna on crackers, still has a great crunch from the cucumber, and leaves you feeling full.
Be it you are trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle, or you just want to eat less processed food, these snacks will help you feel fuller through the day without adding unhealthy ingredients to your diet.
Make snack time fun by involving your kid in snack time prep, prep snacks ahead of time when you can, and reach for the good stuff to munch on to get those extra good vitamins. Before you know it the cravings for unhealthy snacks will disappear and you’ll find yourself eating more of the healthy whole foods.
Now that you have a bunch of healthy snack recipes you can start enjoying your regular snack schedule while sticking to your diet. Though, even with guilt free snacks you will still need to keep your portions under control.
Which snack are you looking forward to making? Let me know in the comments below. Follow me on Pinterest for more like this and pin this to your snack boards.
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