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As moms, sometimes it feels like all we are doing is either wiping butts or feeding mouths.
Sure, there are the beautiful and total breathtaking moments too, like when you see your baby the very first time…
Or when you first hear “I wuw you”…
Or the un-solicited cuddles, kisses and kind words…
Definitely the days when everything goes right…
But we struggle a lot in between.
I found that simplifying life is one of the ways to make sure we have enough energy to focus on the beautiful and breathtaking.
That is why I went looking for healthy and quick snack ideas and I am going to share my finds with you.
After all, who wouldn’t appreciate help in figuring out what to feed, while also making sure it’s healthy and easy?
You won’t be finding cute shaped cheese and color coordinated crackers.
We are going for simple here!
I am sure you will find this list a great inspiration! Enjoy!
1. Peanut Butter Cheerios Bars
Image credit and recipe on Passion For Savings.
Unless your child is allergic to nuts, chances are peanut butter is a staple in your home. My kids love it with everything and when buying a brand with good ingredients, it has great nutritional value.
While almond butter has a slightly different taste, I am willing to bet it could be easily substituted in the recipe.
2. Blender Banana Muffins
Image credit and recipe on Running with Spoons.
We tried this recipe and it was good and easy. I re-named them blender muffins because I think the blender is the best way to go about it.
I do have a Vitamix like she mentions in the post, but using oat flour would work too if you don’t. However, there will be another recipe further down you can make without needing any fancy blender.
What I love about the muffins is that you can reduce the added sugar because the mini chocolate chips will give it sweetness and provide the sight of chocolate, which makes them a totally awesome snack in my kids’ eyes.
3. Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups
Image credit and method on Spend With Pennies.
Grilled cheese is already super easy to make, but with this twist on the original, you will serve something “like new”. It really should not take much longer to roll the bread up…
I would definitely use whole wheat bread and add some carrot sticks with ranch.
4. Nutella and Banana Sushi
Image credit and method on Paging Fun Mums.
You say what? Nutella in a healthy snack? I say everything in moderation, plus there are options for upping the nutrients, like using a whole wheat tortilla.
And if you are still not convinced, try this brand with less sugar that tastes almost as good as Nutella. (nothing can taste exactly as good as Nutella)
My kids were convinced.
5. Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
Mouthwatering image credit and recipe on Well Plated.
This one is a little fancier than I would do on a weekday, but it looks totally awesome.
I bet the kids wouldn’t mind if it showed up at our next pretend tea party…
If strawberries aren’t in season, I would substitute frozen berries and just let them thaw a bit before chopping them.
6. Oven Roasted Chickpeas
Image credit and recipe on The Kitchn.
These little crunchy-savory bites are similar to popcorn and they taste awesome. I usually only use salt and pepper for seasoning, but the sky is the limit.
Of course, you could cook the chickpeas from scratch but that wouldn’t exactly be simple.
To make it a complete snack, I serve this with cut up fruit and/or veggies.
7. Fruit Pizza Crackers
Image credit and idea on Homemade Ginger.
These “pizzas” are made using Wasa Crisps for a more nutritious option, but you could substitute Graham crackers in a pinch.
8. Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Image credit and recipe on Ambitious Kitchen.
I have recently found and tried this recipe and now it is my go-to when I want to make banana muffins.
I mentioned earlier that I will list a blender-less muffin recipe as well.
The method does call for a blender but I have easily made it using a handheld mixer and that’s the way I prefer it.
I have also tried substituting the 3 bananas with 1 cup of pumpkin puree and adding cinnamon which was a HUGE hit!
9. Ham and Avocado Sandwiches
Image credit and recipe on Country Living
These are easy enough when you’re trying to rush to afterschool activities, but filling enough to hold the kids over until dinner.
I would also add cheese and some fruit to go with it. And there’s no way I’d wrap them in parchment and tie them with a string.
Lunchboxes all the way.
10. Apple Turnover Triangles
Image credit and recipe on Happy Healthy Life.
A tasty alternative to quesadillas, this recipe includes homemade cashew butter to use instead of the same ol’ PB. (I am still gonna go with the old faithful, though)
I love that this snack screams FALL!
11. Avocado Pudding
Image credit and recipe on Mercola Recipes.
This recipe calls for a blender, but I have also successfully made it in a food processor.
My kids really love avocado pudding as it is just as creamy as regular pudding.
Add some Graham crackers and you have a healthy(ish) treat for a snack.
12. No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars
Image credit and recipe on Momables.
A granola bar or a cookie can only be good if it’s chewy. (I can’t imagine the dark side of crispiness…)
This recipe makes an easy snack when you’re on the go and it tastes very, very good.
It is chewy.
I was at first intimidated by the brown rice syrup ingredient, but my store thankfully carried it. If you can’t find it, order here.
13. Fluffy Dip
Image credit and recipe on Listotic.
I bet all kids would love a change from plain peanut butter to dip their fruit in, from time-to-time. This dip will do just that.
Not too complicated to prepare, it packs some extra protein and has a creamier texture. Love!
14. Mini Tortilla Pizza
I most often make these for lunch, but sometimes a more filling snack is needed. I also like to prepare these using mini bagels instead of tortillas.
I also like to prepare these using mini bagels instead of tortillas.
Adding some cut up veggies (carrots, cucumbers, grape tomatoes) is a great way to make sure the munchkins eat the rainbow.
My rule of thumb for snacks is to always include at least one protein plus fruit or veggies.
I either make healthy carbs by baking or just choosing brands with simple ingredients, such as pretzels, granola bars, and whole grain goldfish.
Here are a few ideas to get you started, when you need a no-recipe snack:
Sliced apples, raisins and Jiff Natural To-Go cups
Kind Bars and a banana
Cheese stick, grapes, and pretzels
Whole grain goldfish and mixed berries
Laughing Cow cheese, whole grain Ritz crackers, mandarin orange
Hummus, pretzels and cucumber slices
Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla), slightly thawed frozen fruit (berries, mango pineapple, etc), handful of almonds
Trail mix of cheerios, raisins and your choice of nut(s)
Cheese and uncured ham roll-ups, pickles and pears
I hope this list helps you out when creating healthy and quick snacks for your kids!
Which one will you try? Any ideas I could add to the list?
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