3 Healthy, Fruity Snack Ideas
When the snack time munchies hit, it’s important to grab something quick and healthy to satisfy the stomach and provide sustainable energy and nutrients to power you through the remainder of the day. Fruit has natural sugar to satisfy sweet cravings and offer an immediate source of simple energy, and it is a lot healthier than processed foods that are high in refined and artificial sweeteners. By adding some protein to fruit, you’ll be full until your next meal and prevent both a spike in blood sugar levels and a sugar crash later on.
Here are three delicious snack ideas all featuring fruit. These are easy to have on hand or to prepare at school or on the go!
Toast one or two pieces of whole wheat bread depending on how hungry you are. Mash a banana and spread it on the toast. Sprinkle with cinnamon and if you want a little crunch, add some chopped almonds. Want a few more green lights in your snack? Add blueberries or sliced strawberries.
- Whole Wheat Bread
- 1 tbsp chopped almonds
- Blueberries, strawberries, optional
Color Count for one slice of bread Y: 2, G: 2
Swap potato chips for homemade, healthy apple chips. They’re just as crisp and delicious, but way more nutritious. Add some cinnamon for a bit of natural sweetness! Feel free to pair with a low fat string cheese or mix into non fat plain Greek yogurt. Keep in mind that even though these are a healthy snack made from green lights, they are now similar to dried fruit so they can no longer be counted as a green.
Preheat oven to 230 degrees F and line apple slices on baking sheet. Add a dash of cinnamon to slices and pop in the oven for an hour. Alternate and repeat on the other side. Turn the oven off, but keep slices in the oven to increase their crispiness.
Y:2, R: 0
Dr. Seuss Cat In The Hat Skewers
Playing arts and crafts with fruit is a great way to convince your kids to snack healthily. Try this Dr. Seuss recipe to add a bit of excitement to your child’s lunchbox. You can also make caterpillars, turtles and ants-on-a-log for other types of DIY crafts!
- Bamboo Skewer
Layer thin slices of strawberries and bananas together in an alternating pattern and then place a grape at the bottom of the stack. Generally three slices of each fruit works best.
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