Homemade healthy snacks are essential during these days. The virus has hit all of us hard, and whether we like it or not, we have to adjust to the new normality. This means we must make adjustments even to what we cook and eat, including school snacks!
If you have kids, you probably already know they’ll be at home a lot more. They’ll take their lessons online for a while, so I thought I’d put together a few quick snacks to keep handy for virtual school breaks (and home office breaks, too!)
Try out these recipes and keep the youngsters from snacking on unhealthy treats all day.
Granola is super easy to prepare, and it’s also healthy — lots of energy and fiber in every crunchy bite, so make your own and make it your way.
We’ll be using pantry staples like nuts, coconut flakes, seeds, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and maple syrup. These are five different food categories to keep you energized and nourished.
This inviting granola recipe is also paleo-friendly, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, and refined sugar-free, and it’s ready in 30 minutes. Delicious with milk and a fantastic munchie to quench your kids’ hunger, this is the right school snack to have around.
The granola yogurt parfait is the ultimate classic stay at home snack. To get you started with your homemade granola, here’s a simple recipe for a good-looking Granola Yogurt Parfait.
A great breakfast, snack, lunch or dessert, this creamy, tangy and crunchy parfait is easily customizable by adding your favorite toppings.
The parfait’s secret is in the layers; all those flavors in each spoonful is the reason why it’s a crowd-pleaser — it looks so appealing your kids won’t even notice you’re sneaking something healthy into their lunch break.
I add fig chutney for this one, which makes it decadently sweet and earthy, but you can use any fruit preserve with fantastic results.
This easy 1-2-3 recipe for protein bites is loaded with quick-oats, almond butter, cocoa nibs, raisins, unsweetened coconut flakes, honey and protein meal replacement. Talk about a quick pick-me-up!
Totally vegetarian, these PB+J Bars are a source of energy and protein and will keep your kids satisfied until dinner. If someone in your family is allergic to nuts, you can easily substitute the peanut butter with 5 Seed Butter.
Just get your kids to try these colorful Niçoise toasts, and I guarantee they’ll love them. If not, then there’s more for you! The fresh tuna, tomatoes, mayo and some tangy Kalamata olives, make these two-biters a real treat.
The Nicoise toast is easy to make, and you probably already have all you need in your pantry. There’s room for creativity, too, so make these your own.
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This dish is a hit when I have parties with friends and family; they always ask me to give them this Easy 1-2-3 recipe. Now that we’re at home more than ever, I make a batch of this roasted red pepper hummus, and Geoffrey and I snack on it through the day.
Our honey mustard almonds are so easy to make, super delicious and addictive. The day I made them Geoffrey took them all to work for the week’s snack! So, I had to do some more for me.
Almonds, butter, mustard (I use jalapeño mustard,) cinnamon, sugar, turmeric, salt and pepper, that’s all you need, and they’re ready in 15 minutes! Why buy snacks when you can make your own?
The avocado and bean crostini are the best of both worlds, Mexican flavors and a Mediterranean feel. Picture the hearty black beans prepared with tomatoes and onions, topped with creamy avocado and tangy feta crumble, all beautifully seasoned for the perfect light lunch or appetizer.
These are ready in 20 minutes tops, and they’re the perfect lunch for your family.
I use fig mustard because it’s sweet and savory (and downright addictive,) but any mustard will do. Other than that, some pretzel sticks and a good sausage are all you need for this savory school snack that’s as fun to make as it is to enjoy!
Get the kids to help out and make these one-biters a family activity. You’ll need three ingredients and less than 20 minutes. Could these sausage bites be any more perfect?
These antipasto salads are as easy as 1-2-3. I’ll show you lots of ideas and variations using provolone, hard salami, olives, roasted red peppers, artichokes and capers; all fantastic ways to play with color, flavors and texture, but you can’t add your touch. Salads had never been so much fun!
Now You’re Ready!
These are ten solid ideas to snack on while you and your family stay safe at home. Forget about store-bought snacks; worry not about lunch break for homeschooling or home office.
Eat tasty, healthy and easy to make snacks, appetizers and lunch. Cook your favorite or add them all to your weekly menu. And don’t forget to share pictures of your bites with Geoffrey and me; we’d love to know what your family thinks of these!
Happy home schooling,.. remember to breathe,