Homemade healthy snacks are essential during these days. The state of the world 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 already know you have to be prepared for virtual school sessions, and hving them at home a lot more. If they’re taking their lessons online, you'll need some healthy snacks to keep handy for virtual school breaks (and for your home office breaks, too!)
Here are 10 of our favorite homemade healthy snacks that your children, spouse, you, and whole family will enjoy. They work perfectly for last minute appetizers too!
Easy Grain-Free Granola with Nuts, Seeds & Coconut
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.
Paleo-friendly, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, and refined sugar-free, this homemade healthy snacks is ready in 30 minutes. Delicious with milk or just pop some in your mouth to quench your kids’ hunger.
Granola Yogurt Parfait
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.
Protein Energy Bites
No-bake treats are the key to fast and easy snacking. At the end of the day, we’re talking homemade healthy snacks to keep your family energized while on quarantine, so the easier, the better.
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!
Peanut Butter Jelly Bars with Blackberry Jam
The PB&J combo meets energy bars in these cool and pretty-looking snacks. A fantastic quick breakfast and mid-day snack to add lots of energy and nutrition to your family diet.
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.
Nicoise Toast with Tuna Fish & Kalamata Olives
I know some kids are pickier than others, but that’s OK, the pickiest eaters often end up having a food blog!
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.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Best Hummus Ever!! Throughout the years, I have made several changes to my original hummus recipe. This time, I played with the garnishes and the color, adding smoky roasted red pepper. It ended up great! The sweet pepper gives another dimension of flavor and a crunchy nutty taste from the pine nuts.
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.
Spicy Honey Mustard Almonds
Here’s a truly authentic school snack, and it’s homemade, so you don’t have to worry about preservatives.
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 Espelette Chili 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?
Avocado & Black Bean Crostini
Crostini is the ultimate Mediterranean appetizer. OK, it’s a fancy word for toast, but as with any crunchy toast, the sky’s the limit! This might not be perfect for an in-school snack, but take advantage of your children beeing home and make this an awesome homemade healthy snack they will love.
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.
Sausage Bites with Fig Mustard
For a warm appetizer; a simple, hearty snack that plainly tastes glorious, we have the sausage bites with fig mustard. 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?
Antipasto Salad in a Jar
Jar salads are very easy to make, practical, and the simplest way of eating a healthy weekday lunch, to take to the office, or to enjoy while binge-watching a TV series.
These different 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!
Try out these recipes and keep the youngsters from snacking on unhealthy treats all day.
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.
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Now You’re Ready to Make Some Homemade Healthy Snacks!
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,