Healthy Snack Recipes

Here are some easy and quick recipes for a healthy snack. You can makes these for your kids, or even take them to work.
NutriNeat Staff
You will find several recipes on the Internet, in books, on television shows, that teach you how to make healthy snacks. However, one thing you must remember, is to not replace your meals with these snacks.

When we're very hungry, we tend to eat junk, only and only because it's readily available. Continuous intake of junk food can in the long run, make you overweight and disease-prone. Nowadays, the number of obese kids is also increasing. To fight these problems, the best we can do is alter our eating habits. Healthy snacks are our best bet. Here are a few easy recipes to help you make tantalizing snacks for yourself and your kids.

For a Quick Snack

Recipe #1: Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:
  • Thin-sliced cucumbers, 4
  • Thin-sliced white onion, 1
  • White vinegar, 1 cup
  • White sugar, ¾ cup
  • Salt, black pepper, or drill (to taste), 1 tbsp
Method
Take a big bowl and toss the sliced cucumbers and onion in it. Place a saucepan on medium heat and add vinegar, sugar, and some water to it. Bring the water to boil and add the contents in the big bowl. Now, stir it in any of the 'to taste' options, till cooked.

Recipe #2: Pasta Fruit Salad

Ingredients:
  • Boiled pasta, 2 cups
  • Cut pineapple, ½ cup
  • Cut pear, ½ cup
  • Balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Cut salad leaves, ½ cup
  • Grated cheese
  • Shredded ham, ½ cup
Method
Take a big bowl and mix all the ingredients. If you want, you can apply a little bit of olive oil to the salad. Remember that this salad is best served cold. You can also add one more spice of your choice for extra taste. You can decide the quantity of the shredded cheese, but don't use much as it will increase the fat in the salad.

For Your Kids

Recipe #1: Quesadillas

Ingredients
  • Fat-free cream
  • Chopped avocado, ½ cup
  • Grated cheese
  • Whole wheat flour tortilla, ¼
  • Salsa, ¼ cup
Method
Take the tortilla and layer it with the cream. Add a little chopped avocado and spread it evenly on the tortilla. Add a little bit of salsa and then add grated cheese. You can also another veggie of your choice. Be very careful with the cheese as along with proteins, it is also going to add fat. On the other hand, avocado will also add a lot of fats to the Quesadilla, but these fats lower cholesterol.

Recipe #2: Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients
  • Whole wheat flour, 4¾ cup
  • Baking powder, 1½ tsp
  • Baking soda, 1½ tsp
  • Raisins, 1½ cup
  • White sugar, 4 cups
  • Nutmeg, 1½ tsp
  • Pumpkin, 1 can (29 ounce)
  • Eggs, 6
  • Ground cloves, 1½ tsp
  • Unsweetened applesauce, 1 cup
  • Cinnamon, 1½ tsp
  • Chopped walnuts, 1 cup
  • Salt, 1½ tsp
Method
Preheat the oven to 175° C. Till then, grease three muffin pans of 12 cups each. You can also line them with paper muffin liners. Soak the raisins in hot water so that they turn plump. Once they turn plump, you can drain them. Combine baking powder, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and sugar in a big bowl. Now, take a separate bowl and mix applesauce, eggs, and pumpkin. Keep on mixing them till the mixture you have formed is smooth. Now, add this mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir this newly formed mixture properly and form a smooth batter. Add the walnuts and the raisins to this batter and spoon it in the greased muffin cups. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

For Work

Recipe #1: Quick Wraps

Ingredients
  • Whole wheat tortillas, ¼
  • Cream cheese, 1/8 package
  • Lettuce, 1/8 head
  • Sliced deli-style turkey, 1/8 package
  • Shredded carrots, 1½ teaspoon
  • Minced tomato, 1½ teaspoon
Method
Spread the cream cheese equally and evenly over the tortillas and top this with the lettuce leaves. Place the slices of turkey on the lettuce leaves in even layers. Roll the tortilla and cut it into equal appropriate pieces. Serve hot.

Recipe #2: Pizza Sandwiches

Ingredients
  • Refrigerated crescent rolls, 1 (8 ounce) package
  • Mozzarella cheese, 4 slices
  • Tomato paste, 4 teaspoons
  • Dried oregano, ½ teaspoon
Method
Preheat the oven to 175° C (350 F). Separate the roll dough into 4 rectangles by unwinding it. Pinch the perforations together to seal. On a 9×13-inch baking sheet, keep 2 rectangles and moisten their edges with water. On each of these rectangles, place two slices of mozzarella and top them with 2 teaspoons of tomato paste. Sprinkle oregano on them and then cover them with the other two rectangles. Keep them in the oven for 10-15 minutes or till you see their color change to golden brown.

Remember, healthy snacks are not fat-free snacks; they are snacks that give your daily requirement of good nutrients without adding bad content. Add a big glass of fresh juice to any of these snacks to make a super-healthy meal.