At-home cooking and healthy eating this summer may look a bit different than seasons past as more families continue limiting trips to the grocery store. Many may struggle to keep nutrition top of mind, while opting for easy-to-make meals or frozen foods. While quick meals like these are easy to whip up, processed foods are often high in sugar and saturated fat. As we all know, getting kids to each their fruits and vegetables is often easier said than done, so including more healthy snacks throughout the day may be your key to success.
Let’s face it, not everyone has time to cook a hearty breakfast or big delicious lunch, which is why many of us often snack throughout the day. To stay healthy and keep your grocery runs to a minimum, take advantage of the staples that are already on hand in your kitchen. Below, we’ve highlighted some easy, healthy snacks you can make right at home.
Healthy Snacks to Make With Your Kitchen Staples
Whether you prefer it in your morning yogurt or as a snack, granola is a great crowd-pleaser. Plus, it’s inexpensive and easy to make with minimal ingredients! Start with a base of old-fashioned oats, then add a handful of your favorite seeds like chia, flax or pumpkin seeds, and nuts. Most granola bases are oats, but you can also add cornflakes or your favorite cereal for a touch of sweetness. Then add a natural sweetener like honey, and mix in your favorite spices. Combine your ingredients and bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown!
No matter what your summer schedule may look like, it’s important to get enough protein in your system throughout the day. Whether you’re on-the-go or have extra time to relax, try making DIY protein bars! Like granola, you can make protein bars your own with some of your favorite ingredients. First, start with a starchy base like oats, cereal or pretzels. Then, add some toppings–we recommend coconut flakes or chocolate chips. Once your dry ingredients are combined, use a nut butter or honey to keep things glued together as well as a thickener like protein powder or wheat flour. Then, portion out your servings and top with a spice!
Baked apples are a great way to satisfy your cravings. All you’ll need for this is a few apples, cinnamon and honey. Simply chop up your apples and add to a pan. Drizzle with coconut oil or butter, top with cinnamon and honey and bake to your liking.
Smoothies are great for snacks, breakfast and more. Like most of these snacks, you can add in many great ingredients to help power you throughout the day. For your next smoothie, try experimenting with fruit, honey, peanut butter, protein powder, yogurt and even a handful of leafy greens.
For a savory snack, roasted chickpeas are another great source of plant protein. To roast them, rinse and coat chickpeas with olive oil and any spices (salt, pepper, rosemary, cayenne, etc). Roast in the oven at 400 degrees until golden brown.
If you have extra chickpeas around, you can easily make hummus! Simply combine chickpeas, lemon, salt, pepper and olive oil into a food processor until blended. Enjoy with pita bread and veggies!
To satisfy your potato chip craving without the trans fat, make your own zucchini chips! Simply cut the zucchini into thin pieces, toss in olive oil and top with salt and garlic powder. Bake in the oven or air fryer until crispy and golden brown.
To keep you and your family healthy and full this summer, try out these healthy snacks with kitchen staples. Then, share your creations with us on Facebook!