Quick Healthy Snacks to Whip Up in a Zip!
Healthy snacks you whip up in your kitchen are a great idea for both kids and adults alike! Munching on something you make is much more gratifying too! Just something special about it...
You'll really appreciate having these snacks around if you can't ever seem to slow down! Be sure to make plenty in advance and freeze them so you'll always have them handy. Using simple inexpensive ingredients, they are WAY easy on any budget, which is super nice!
Yummy!!! Don't these bars look delicious? They're so much better for you than the store bought stuff, which have unhealthy preservatives to keep them fresh. They're not good for you or your family either!
These snacks are packed with the good stuff that will help keep you energized during the day. Life seems to have an endless busy season of organizing activities and planning meals that never stops! Having something around to satiate hunger-pangs (instead of running into a store and spending cash) is part of the beauty of having them around.
Some of these recipe ideas can also be part of a healthy breakfast or lunch too! Why not? Prepare for quick exits out the door by keeping some of the recipes frozen or refrigerated. (They're also great to have in the car too!)
I don't know about you, but I grew up with my mom always cooking something good for our family in the kitchen! She always knew what to give me when my tummy was growling as a youngster! It's no wonder that people have been depending on munchies since time began. Pets certainly love em too!
Homemade just makes things a bit sweeter... and the basic ingredients you'll use won't break the bank either! Remember, you can add or substitute ingredients that you prefer instead. Made from scratch will always be superior to the stuff you can buy at the store!
Quick Healthy Snacks
Homemade Breakfast Bars
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Combine peanut butter, honey, and vanilla in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until melted. Remove from heat and pour in oats and raisins. Mix well. Spread mixture into a greased baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool these healthy snacks completely and cut into bars.
Peanut Butter Protein Bars
1/2 C. butter
1 C. peanut butter
1 1/2 C. chocolate chips (white or dark)
1 C. wheat germ
1 C. chopped pecans, or walnuts, or almonds
1/2 C. sunflower seeds
1 C. raisins
1 C. coconut (optional)
In a saucepan melt butter and peanut butter. Stir in remaining ingredients, adding chocolate chips after it’s cooled a bit. Press into 5 by 7 inch glass pan. Let cool, cut and refrigerate.
Marshmallow and Cereal Energy Bars
3 to 4 c. mini marshmallows
2 to 3 tbsp. butter
4 c. protein type cereal (Total, Wheaties, etc.)
3 tbsp. peanut butter
Optional: 1/2 C. chocolate chips, carob chips, nuts, m&m's, etc.
Melt butter in a heavy skillet. Add marshmallows. Cook until melted and syrupy. Remove from heat. Mix in peanut butter and cereal. Mold into square on heavy foil.
Cool and cut. (This recipe is very flexible. You can change several ingredients to make these treats more healthy or less healthy;o)
Old Fashioned Breakfast Bars
These cereal bars are perfect to grab and eat on the go and are a great healthy snack. If you use Rice Krispie’s in the recipe, they might remind you of Rice Krispie treats, yet they are much lower in calories. Try adding some chocolate chips or a whole grain high-fiber cereal, such as Grape Nuts.
4 cups breakfast cereal, your choice
2 cups quick cooking oats
2/3 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup tahini
1 1/2 cups maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ginger (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
In a saucepan or small pot, cream together the peanut butter and tahini until smooth. Add maple syrup and simmer, stirring frequently. Turn off stove and add the remaining ingredients. Spread in greased baking pan and chill until firm. Once they are firm, cut into squares and enjoy!
Kids Favorite Breakfast Bars
2 jars marshmallow creme
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tbsp vanilla
1 stick butter
1/2 box Wheaties energy crunch
1 cup granola, plain or with nuts
Melt butter and vanilla together for 1 min in the microwave. Add peanut butter and marshmallow creme and stir well to combine. Add Wheaties cereal to the mixture and quickly spread out and into a plastic refrigerator container. Add granola to the top and press down into the mix with a spatula. These bars are healthy snacks the kids just love to eat!
Healthy Snack Trail Mix Blend
6 cups rolled oats
2 cups mixed nuts and seeds such as sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chopped walnuts, pecans, almonds or cashews
1 cup dried unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon; or to taste
1 dash salt
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup; or to taste
1 cup raisins or chopped dried fruit; optional
Protein Packed Bagel
1 toasted wholegrain bagel
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
2 Tablespoons granola
1/2 apple, thinly sliced
Spread peanut butter evenly over both sides of bagel. Sprinkle with granola and top with apple slices.
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds (you can buy them pre-toasted or do it yourself: keep an eye, they burn fast!)
1&1/2 cups chopped dates
1&1/2 cups raisins
1/8 tsp salt
Process the walnuts in a food processor until they are in small chunks, and add the seeds. Pulse until well incorporated. Add the dates, raisins, and salt and process until the mixture forms a paste that will hold together easily, like play-dough. Press into a 9 inch square pan, roll into balls or shape into bars. These healthy snacks will keep chilled for up to a month.
This alternate version and the recipe can be found here
Hawaiian French Toast Sticks
3/4 cup reduced-fat milk
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 large eggs
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
8 slices whole grain bread, cut into 1&1/2 inch slices
1/2 cup whole grain cereal, crushed
In a medium bowl, whisk milk, eggs, pineapple juice, and maple syrup. Place bread in milk mixture and allow to soak about 30 seconds on each side. Dredge each piece of bread in the crushed cereal and coat on both sides.
Heat a nonstick sauté pan over medium heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cook bread about 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. These French toast sticks can be frozen and reheated in the oven before serving. Serve with fruit slices!
You’ll need to freeze (peeled) a few ripe bananas the day before you fix this. Store quickly and easily using a ziploc bag!
2-3 medium frozen bananas
1/4+ C orange or pineapple juice
1 Tablespoon honey, or more to taste
2 - 4 T plain, vanilla, or other flavor yogurt
Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend, pulsing the machine if necessary, until smooth, making sure the bananas are well blended and the honey is dissolved. Serve immediately. Substitute any other frozen fruits you like or make a blend!
Quick Healthy Snacks to Grab on the Go!
All of these are good for ya!
Handful of yogurt covered pretzels
Handful of green or black olives
Hummus spread on wheat crackers, melba toast, or a whole grain bagel chips
Quick bowl of whole-grain non-GMO cereal with milk and banana or peach slices
10 squares of Wheat Thins with plain cream cheese and chopped chives
Quick bowl of oatmeal, add berries
Apple slices plain or with peanut butter
Handful of peanuts and dill pickle chips (trust me, this is good together!)
Celery dipped in low-fat cottage cheese, pimento cheese, or peanut butter
Pitted prunes filled with peanut butter
Yogurt sprinkled with granola
Open-faced peanut butter and lettuce on whole wheat toast
2 small squares of dark chocolate (suck on them to make them last longer)
If you don't have time to make healthy snacks on a regular basis, consider some of the quick foods on the last list to have around the house. It really doesn't take a lot of effort to make a move towards better health!
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