It’s almost summertime, and that means the snacking should be quick and easy! The last thing you want to do is turn up the heat in the kitchen on a hot, humid day. You can find a healthy, filling snack that you and your picky eaters will enjoy. Karina Hammer, (pictured, left) a Nashville based IAWP Certified Holistic Wellness Coach offers up some suggestions.
The following list will give you some ideas for simple, healthy, energy-boosting snacks you can take with you on-the-go. Add to this list to make it your own!
Almond butter – a great substitute for peanut butter. Spread on fruit, toast or add to smoothies for added protein.
Hard-boiled eggs – cook them ahead of time and keep in your fridge.
Avocados – if you are going to be traveling and not able to get a healthy meal, avocados have GOOD fat and will satisfy you so you don’t crave chips and cookies. Cut the avocado in half, sprinkle sea salt and you can easily eat it with a spoon.
Trail Mix – combine raw nuts, dried fruit, hemp seeds, superfoods such as goji berries and cacao nibs, then mix together in a bag before you go out the door.
Baby carrots with hummus
Organic yogurt with granola or fresh fruit.
Find a food bar you like: Lara Bars, Perfect Bar, and Organic Food Bar. Take one of these delicious energy bars on the go, so you can eat healthy wherever you are.
Granola – can be bought in the bulk section or try Bear Naked brand granola.
Apples, quartered and cored with 1 tsp. almond or peanut butter
Bananas sliced in half and spread with almond or peanut butter
Homemade popsicles- freeze your favorite organic juice for a cool summer treat, without the food coloring
Celery sticks- spread with almond or peanut butter, and add raisins
Fruit Kebobs- not only easy to make, the kids can make their own from an assortment of sliced fruits—such as grapes, berries, apple slices, melon chunks, and orange sections.
Here are a couple of super simple snack recipes for your picky eater:
Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup Peanut Butter
¼ cup + 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 tsp Sea Salt
Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. Bake for 10 minutes.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
2 cups frozen Strawberries
1 frozen Banana
1 cup Almond Milk
2 Tbsp Organic Plain or French Vanilla Yogurt
Add all ingredients to a blender, and pulse until combined. Serve immediately.
*Make smoothie popsicles with any leftover smoothie
*Smoothies are a perfect place to hide veggies, such as spinach or kale
Make it nutritious, delicious and fun!
*Photo by Terje Sollie from Pexels