Super Easy Snack Ideas for the Whole Family
Snack time is often the easiest time of the day to lose motivation and grab a not so healthy snack from the cupboard if you haven't planned ahead.
If you have little ones; it might simply be that finding healthy snacks, that they will actually eat is much easier said than done.
To help we have put together some super simple healthy snack ideas sure to please even the fussiest eaters. Better yet these recipes can be easily adapted to suit your tastes.
Date & Cacao Coconut Balls
These super easy treats will keep the kids (& adults) coming back for more and can easily be stored in the freezer for easy lunch box treats.
The kids can have lots of fun helping you make them too.
2 Cups of Seedless Dates
1 Cup of Shredded Coconut
2 Cups for Rolled Oats
1/4 Cup of Cacao powder
1 Tablespoon of Chia seeds
1/2 a cup of Desiccated Coconut Coconut for rolling
Place dates in a bowl & fill with water until they are all covered. Place in the fridge for 1 hour, until soft. (Alternatively heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds until warm and soft).
Put oats into a food processor and lightly blend until the oats are a fine consistency.
Add cacao powder, coconut and the dates and water (including the water provides the mix with extra flavour from the dates & removes the need of having to add oil to the mixture. If you prefer to have more of a coconut flavour, you can use 1/4 of coconut oil instead of the water) to the food processor and mix until you have a paste like consistency.
Add chia seeds and gently mix until combined.
In a clean bowl, place the remaining coconut for rolling.
Roll a level tablespoon of mixture into a ball and roll in coconut to coat.
Put in fridge for 15mins to set and they are ready to eat.
* Makes approximately 30 balls.
We often make a double batch and place half in the freezer as they don't last long around our house. The best thing about this recipe is you can easily mix & match by adding other dried fruit or nuts or try adding 1 scoop of your favourite protein powered.
Banana Berry Muffins
A healthy alternate to a traditional muffin.
2 Cups of Self Raising Flour
2 Large Ripe Bananas
1/3 Cup of Coconut Oil
1 Cup of Milk
2 Tablespoons of Coconut Sugar
1/3 Cup of Berries (Frozen is fine- we have used blueberries)
1/3 Cup of Honey
Prehead oven to 180.
Sift flour into a large bowl
Add Coconut Sugar and Mix.
Make a well in the middle of the dry mixture, add Eggs, Milk, & Honey and mix until combined.
In another bowl mash up the bananas using fork until you have a smooth mixture.
Add the Bananas to the mixture and mix well.
Add in the Berries.
Place mixture into muffin tray and place in oven for 30 minutes or until cooked.
Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes.
* Makes 12 muffins
Homemade Tzatziki Dip
I love this recipe for a super easy and healthy snack alternative to store bought dips. Best of all it's super cheap to make and you probably already have all of the ingredients in the fridge.
1 Cup of Natural or Greek Yoghurt
1 Medium size cucumber
1 1/2 Teaspoons of Garlic Paste (or one clove of fresh garlic)
Lightly peal the skin of the cucumber and dice into small cubes.
In a medium size bowl, place Youghurt, Garlic & Cucumber & mix well.
Its as simple as that. Place in fridge & let sit to enhance the flavours, or enjoy straight away.
Serve with your favourite sides or use it to add a little extra touch to salads or meat dishes.
Choc Vanilla Protein Balls
If you are looking to get some extra protein into your diet then these tasty snacks make a perfect pre or post work out snack!
Best of all like all of our recipes they can also be stored in the freezer, so they are on hand when you need them.
2 Cups of Rolled Oats
2 Scoops of Chocolate Protein Powder
4 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 Tablespoons of Vanilla essence
1/3 of a cup of water (add until mixture becomes moist)
*Cacao powder, coconut or protein power to decorate
Mix dry ingredients until oats have a breadcrumb texture
Add coconut oil & vanilla essence and mix well
Add water slowly until mixture has a sticky consistency that will roll into balls
In a clean bowl, place cacao powder, coconut or protein power into a bowl to decorate.
Roll a level tablespoon of mixture into a ball and roll in mixture of choice to coat.
Store in the fridge or freeze.
* Makes approximately 20 balls