The following is a guest post from Jenna. Consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this post.
Healthy snacks provide a steady stream of energy throughout the day. You don’t need to over-think these snacks – just make sure they provide the right amount of nutrients to keep your family members going without experiencing fatigue and mood swings. Processed foods are a bad choice to consider as snacks as they’re mostly filled with empty calories.
Good choices include snacks that involve fruit. Fruit contains many essential nutrients and vitamins, and the sugar content in them is all natural. Five servings of fruit everyday are recommended as a part of a healthy diet, and snacks are a good way for families to fill up on them.
Here are some great fruit snack ideas to consider:
1. Cinnamon Spiced Bananas
Cinnamon spiced bananas can be made in just 10 minutes using the microwave, and are a delicious snack that can serve up to 4 people.
Ingredients: 3 large sliced bananas, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon butter, ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, and 1 cup low-fat ice cream (any flavor).
Method: Take a microwave-safe bowl and place the bananas in it. Next, add the butter and top with vanilla extract, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cover the bowl and place it in the microwave on high for 30 seconds or until the sugar melts. Stir only once. After the sugar has melted, take out the mixture and place it in separate bowls. Top with 1/4 cup ice cream and serve.
2. Mixed Berry Smoothie
Berries are a top choice to consider as a snack, especially for the summer. The young ones in the family are going to love a delicious smoothie of berries.
Ingredients: ½ cup strawberries, ½ cup blueberries, ½ cup raspberries, 1 cup ice cubes, 1 cup low fat yogurt, 1 multi-grain bar, and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract.
Method: Place all ingredients in a blender and mix for about 20-30 seconds, or until smooth.
3. Pinwheel Sandwiches
Pinwheel sandwiches make for a perfect tropical snack that kids can take to school. Adults can also take them to work, or they can be eaten at home at any time of the day.
Ingredients: 6 slices white bread with crust removed, 3 half slices prosciutto, 1 mashed avocado and 2 cups thinly sliced pineapple.
Method: Divide the prosciutto, avocado and banana among the bread slices. Roll up each bread slice tightly, making sure the filling gets enclosed. Slice each roll into pinwheels.
4. Warm Apple Toast
Warm apple toast is a great healthy snack idea to satisfy the craving for something sweet after dinner or to warm up on a cold night. It’s simple, super quick and easy to prepare. Only 4 ingredients are required.
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon all-natural peanut or almond butter, 1 slice whole wheat or whole grain bread, ½ cup sliced apples and a pinch of ground cinnamon.
Method: Preheat toaster oven to 350° F. Spread the nut butter on the bread, and top with apples and cinnamon. Bake in the toaster for 10 minutes.