Finding healthy snack recipes for yourself and your family can be a challenge. A small yogurt with fruit has the equivalent of 6 teaspoons of sugar! A granola bar is also very high in sugar, and highly processed foods such as Goldfish crackers and processed cheese have no nutritional value.
Growing children need protein at every meal and protein snacks in between meals. Protein helps to build healthy bones, muscles, teeth, hair and skin. It is used to carry oxygen to the cells, and to fight against infection.
Usually, if I find myself craving some chips or another unhealthy snack, I know that I am simply hungry. I reach for some easy, healthy snacks and the craving is gone. I never leave home without one of my favorite healthy snack recipes, homemade Trail Mix Recipe. That way, when I am out and getting hungry I have a healthy snack to tide me over until meal time.
If you start to replace any refined, processed, highly sweetened snacks you have on hand with these healthy snack recipes and alternatives you will be on the right track to a healthy lifestyle and a healthier, happier you.
Keep these on hand to help you put together easy healthy snack recipes and snacks:
Plain Yogurt with:
You can also take some soft organic tofu with yogurt (or without the yogurt for a vegan snack), mix it in the blender and add any of the above ingredients.
Healthy crackers, brown rice cakes or whole grain bread topped with:
Raw almond butter, or other nut or seed butters
Low fat cheese
Please note that most crackers are made with modified palm oil and are high in salt. Check the labels to find crackers made with healthy ingredients (e.g. Kavli or Ryvita).
Raw Vegetables with dips:
Veggie Dip Recipe
Raw organic nuts
Apple with low fat cheese
Apple with almonds
Banana with almond butter
Trail Mix Recipe
Protein Power Bars
Sugar free Desserts
Healthy Banana Muffins
How to Make Smoothies
As you can see there are many healthy snack alternatives, these are but a few to get you started. Experiment on your own and instead of your energy crashing after a sugary snack, you will maintain a healthy, high level of energy throughout the day.