- popcorn I use a little olive oil and real salt on top. Try some other seasonings like nutritional yeast or a Mexican spice mix
- chips and fresh salsa
- cut up veggies, like cucumbers, cauliflower, carrots, rutabaga, jicama
- veggies or pita bread dipped in hummus
- fruit smoothie – Try adding a little spinach for added nutrition. You’ll get some interesting colors, but it tastes great.
- leftover frozen fruit smoothie and then thawed just enough to get a spoon in it (This gets me through my ice cream cravings, so I can just use the store bought soymilk, rice milk, or coconut milk versions for special occasions.)
- fruit juice or lemonade popsicle
- chocolate hemp milk creamsicle
- celery, peanut butter, raisin ants on a log – try other nut butters, dried fruit, and vegetable combinations
- cut up fruit, like apples, oranges, grapes, bananas, melons, berries, fresh pineapple – If you have lots of little ones, try cutting a bunch of fruit up in the morning, arranging it on a platter, putting the platter on ice, and setting it out on the counter or table with some toothpicks for easy and hygienic access. You can always tell if they’re truly hungry, because they’ll eat the fruit, but if they’re craving sugar or wanting to eat because they’re bored or tired, they’ll want something else.
- homemade granola – experiment with different combinations of dried fruit and nuts, add ground flaxseed just before eating for more nutrition, or eat it atop baked apples or peaches with a sprinkle of cinnamon
- trail mix of dried fruit and nuts – mix up your own, so you’re not eating added oils and salt
- homemade fruit leather
- fresh bread
If you have some more healthy snack ideas, I’d love to hear about them.