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Are you trying to be more healthy as a family? With the ever-increasing number of sugary, high-fat snack options on the shelves in practically all stores, this can be a challenge. But with the right knowledge and supplies, you can create your own healthy snacks to enjoy with your family.
Hummus and Veggies
Hummus and vegetables are a great snack combination for your family because there are various ways that you can customize the tastes to cater to each person in your family. You can put out a variety of vegetables to choose from, like peppers, broccoli, celery, carrots or tomatoes. You can even put out some crackers to choose from, just make sure that they’re high in fiber to remain a healthier option.
In addition to the variety of vegetables and items to dip, you also have a wide range of options when it comes to picking out what hummus to use. There are flavored ones and standard ones. Hummus is high in protein, making it a super healthy option for children. Make sure that you watch portion sizes with the hummus because it can be satiating, making you feel too full afterward.
Freeze Dried Fruit
There are many different types of fruit that are delicious when freeze dried. For example, freeze dried cherries are a great option to keep around the house for your family to snack on. They are also healthy because they have Vitamin A, Vitamin C, antioxidants, and potassium in them. Other healthy freeze dried fruit options would be blackberries, strawberries, pineapples, or blueberries.
Trail mix is also a great option to snack on with your family due to its customizability as well as its versatility. You can ultimately take trail mix anywhere since it’s in a bag, making it perfect for a road trip snack, walking around a park or watching movies at home. trail mix also has the ability to last longer than other snacks since you can store it in your cupboard for long periods of time.
To make trail mix, you’ll want to just mix together some nuts, seeds and fruits. For instance, you’ll want nuts like almonds, cashews, walnuts or pecans. Then you can mix in sunflower seeds, with the shells or without. And you can choose between a variety of different dried fruits to mix in as well, like raisins, apricots, or banana chips. Make sure that you’ve purchased the dried fruits from high-quality sources though because some lower quality brands don’t taste as good.
With the leftover nuts from the trail mix, you can make seasoned or spiced nuts for your family to try. This is a great option for those of you planning on being more active with their family since you have the ability to snack on these while out and about. You can simply place nuts mixed with their seasonings in the oven to roast for at least 10 minutes.
There’s a wide variety of nut options and seasonings you can use for this snack, like using pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews or even macadamia nuts. Similarly, there’s a wide variety of season options to look through, like chili powder, salt and black pepper, or a cayenne option for a more spicy flavor. Consuming nuts gives your body fatty acids and healthy fats, and it’s very satiating, giving you energy for long periods of time.
Fruits & Veggies with Peanut Butter
This one’s simple, as you only need to choose some fruits and vegetables to dip into your favorite peanut butter. Nothing beats an afternoon snack like apples and peanut butter. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, making you feel fuller for longer. And peanut butter is high in protein, giving you the nutrients you need for energy throughout the day. Make sure you’re using peanut butter that’s lower in sodium and fats than standard ones.
Corn and Bean Salsa
Lastly, your family may enjoy a corn and bean salsa snack while watching movies or playing games. Not only can you enjoy this snack together, but you can also experience making it together. You’ll just need to mix together corn, peppers, tomatoes, black beans or pinto beans, and lime juice. You can either taste this mixture as it is or you can use it as a dip for high-fiber chips or tortilla wraps.
These snacks are perfect for a family that has different tastes, whether you’re planning on having a movie night, game night or even just hanging around the house. So head to the grocery store and pick out a few of these items to make together. Make sure you pick out a variety to adhere to everyone’s tastes, and purchase enough to make portions for everyone with some leftovers to save for later.