Healthy Snack Recipes
We all like to munch. Having a good supply of healthy snack recipes lets you feel good about munching!
Here are the keys to healthy snacking:
- have lots of healthy snack recipes
- keep the ingredients for those recipes on hand
- DON'T keep unhealthy snacks in the house
In spite of all my good intentions, I will eat potato chips if there are potato chips anywhere nearby. If eating potato chips isn't an easy option, I'll have a healthy snack.
There are lots of healthy alternatives to choose from. Here are my favorites.
The Ultimate Healthy Snack
The very healthiest snack I know is a platter of raw fruits and vegetables. You may have to train yourself and your children to think of this as a snack, though. If the food is cut into interesting shapes and served on a pretty plate, it is more appealing. Here are our current favorite snack tray items:
- carrots (cut into sticks or coins)
- cucumber slices
- cherry tomatoes
- kiwis (peeled and cut into chunks)
- apple slices
It's late afternoon, you're hungry and tired, but it won't be suppertime for a couple of hours. Don't reach for the cookies - have a cheesy snack instead! The protein in the cheese will keep you powering on until dinnertime!
- Baked Cheese Balls
are tasty little two-bite morsels with a shortbread-like texture.
- A favorite snack from my childhood is
Cheese Under The Broiler.
It is pure melted cheese delight.
- Quesadillas make a great snack as well as a delicious light supper. You'll find a quick easy Quesadilla recipe in
"Last Minute Meals".
What is it about crunchy snacks that is so appealing - and so addictive? We seem to have an innate need for crunch. There are healthy alternatives to potato chips and corn chips, though!
If a plate of crisp raw vegetables won't satisfy your need for crunch, try one of these nutritious crunchy choices.
- Here's the ultimate in healthy snack recipes:
You won't believe how addictively delicious they are!
- Popcorn doesn't have to be slathered with butter and salt to be delicious! Read about
my favorite healthy way to serve popcorn
and tell me about yours!
- Roasted Soybeans
(also called "Soy Nuts") are easy to make, healthy, economical and tasty. They make a great snack for hiking.
Dips and Spreads
If your kids aren't yet excited by plain raw fruits and vegetables, begin by serving raw veggies with one of these tasty dips.
- Beet and Cream Cheese Dip
is a beautiful shade of pink. The color alone might entice your children to try it. It tastes great, too!
- Black Bean Hummus
is a filling and nutritious dip. It has become my favorite bean dip recipe.
is a delicious avocado dip. You can make it as mild or as spicy as you like. I had no idea that it is so easy to make!
- Original Hummus
is a fabulous dip for vegetables. I think that homemade hummus tastes much better than the store-bought brands I've tried. It too is much easier to make than I expected.
Spinach-Cream Cheese Dip
is a dramatic shade of green. At Halloween we call it "Green Slime Dip". It's delicious at any time of the year.
is the Greek cucumber-yogurt dip that is traditionally served with wedges of pita bread. It's also delicious as a vegetable dip.
- I had no idea that it would be so easy to make
Now that I know, I make this a lot. It's so good!
- White Bean Dip
is creamy and delectable. Use canned white kidney beans, or cook your own.
Do you have a sweet tooth? Most of us do - and many of us automatically reach for cookies and candy bars to satisfy a craving for sweets. That's not necessary once you have a good supply of recipes for easy healthy sweet snacks.
- Apple Cream Cheese Melts
look and taste wonderful, but are very quick and easy to make.
- You're sitting down with a cup of tea. You're in the mood for something sweet. There are no cookies in the house. What to do? Pull out your healthy snack recipes and whip up a batch of
Peanut Butter Balls!
They'll be ready to eat by the time your tea is cool enough to drink!
- Here's another option:
Sesame Raisin Peanut Butter Balls.
I can't decide which one I prefer!
There are more sweet snacks on my page of
easy baking recipes.
Snacks don't have to be "fun" to be good, but sometimes it's nice to surprise the kids with a treat that makes them laugh. These wobbly snacks are fun to eat, easy to make, and healthy.
- Finger Jello
is a fun snack for kids! It's easy to make, and is a favorite treat with small children. (Big kids and adults like it too!)
- If your kids like Finger Jello, they'll probably like
Even More Healthy Snack Recipes
Here are a few more ideas that didn't fit neatly into any of my categories.
- Hungry? In a rush?
Quick Avocado Boats
are a quick and filling snack.
- My children's favorite summer snack is
We go through a lot of these on a hot day! Using 100% fruit juice makes this a healthy treat that I'm delighted to serve.
And if that isn't enough healthy snack recipes, here is a whole page of
Snack Ideas From My Readers.
Home from healthy snack recipes.