8 Healthy Homemade Snacks (Slideshow)
July 30, 2014
Trim the junk food snacks in exchange for some of these healthy snacks
Hummus is a creamy and indulgent dip that can be made in just minutes with canned beans. Place drained and rinsed chickpeas beans, tahini, lemon, garlic, and salt in a food processor and process until smooth.
If you crave something crunchy and salty, try roasted nuts. Mix an assortment of nuts with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven at 450 degrees F for about 10 minutes until golden brown.
Sliced Tomato with Feta Cheese
This snack is great in the summer months when tomatoes are at the peak of their season. Slice tomatoes thinly and drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese.
Fruit Skewers with Yogurt
These fun treats are perfect for after school. Simply skewer different seasonal fruits and dip them in a bowl of plain yogurt. You can even drizzle some maple syrup or honey on top. If you are in a hurry, you can always forgo the skewers.
Baked Chicken Tenders
All kids love chicken tenders, but you can make healthier options. Cover chicken breasts in olive oil, season with salt and pepper, mix in bread crumbs, and bake in a 425-degree oven until cooked through and golden brown.
Baked Kale Chips
Kale chips are one of those snacks that you might be afraid to try. The first time I made kale chips, I ate the whole bunch straight off of the cooking tray. They were so good they didn’t even make it to the bowl. Mix torn kale leaves with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a dash of red wine vinegar. Spread evenly on a cooking sheet and bake at 400 degrees until crispy.
Vegetables wraps are a perfect healthy on-the-go snack. Spread some hummus or guacamole on a tortilla, add sliced vegetables like bell peppers, cucumbers, or tomatoes, wrap, and take anywhere.
The best thing about fresh salsa is you can make it as spicy as you want. Mix chopped tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, olive oil, salt, and pepper together in a bowl. Refrigerate and take out whenever you need a quick dip or healthy snack.