Here are 10 easy, on-the-go snack ideas that are not only nutritious - but delicious!
- Apple and peanut butter “sandwiches”– spread some peanut butter in between a couple of apple slices for a crunchy and energizing snack. For a twist, try experimenting with other types of nut butters (almond or cashew) and fillings (raisins or dried cranberries).
- Crunchy and crispy chickpeas – chickpeas are not only high in fiber, but they also include 19 grams of protein per serving. For a crunchy on-the-go snack, bake chickpeas on a lined baking sheet for 30-40 minutes at 450 degrees. They’re just as good plain, but you can also season them with sweet or savory flavors (for inspiration, see here).
- Fruit or veggie smoothies – filling and satisfying smoothies are the perfect portable hunger cure. Berries, spinach, kale, mango, greek yogurt, chia seeds, hemp hearts… the smoothie combinations are endless…Chop, blend, pour, repeat!
- Hummus, veggies and crackers – This filling snack covers most major food groups. The creaminess of the hummus pairs well with the crunchiness of the veggies and crackers. You can even make your own hummus with chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, tahini, lemon and salt!
- No-bake energy bites– There’s no need to turn on the oven for these treats. Use combinations of oatmeal, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips and seeds in these raw energy balls. Check out this Good Housekeeping article for recipe ideas.
- Yogurt parfait– some may say this is the parfait snack! Mix your favorite yogurt with some berries and low-sugar granola for a fueling snack that tastes as good as it looks!
- Cheese and crackers– perhaps one of the most classic snack combos, cheese and crackers contain calcium (for strong bones) and fibre (for healthy digestion). For a healthier option, use crackers that contain whole grains, seeds or nuts.
- Avocado toast squares – avocado is high in heart-healthy monosaturated fats, as well as potassium, fiber and antioxidants. Spread a healthy serving of this “super” fruit onto whole grain toast and cut it into bite-sized squares for a tasty and savory on-the-go snack.
- Edamame – rich in a number of vitamins and nutrients, young soy beans (aka edamame) is a complete source of protein. Sprinkle the pods with a little sea salt for a delicious snack to curb hunger!
- Ants on a log– Fuel little bodies with veggies and protein in this family favorite. Spread peanut butter in between a celery stalk and add either raisins or halved red grapes for crunchy and creamy bite!
As many parents know, a hungry kid = a grumpy kid. We hope that these easy snack ideas give you some #momspiration or #dadspiration to fuel your little ones all day long! These treats will help keep them growing, active and smiling!