Looking for some healthy yet delicious alternatives to add to your snack list? Below are 4 different options for you to consider especially during the quarantine!
- Healthy Orange Pumpkins
Your kids will look forward to these refreshing and healthy Halloween snacks! Research suggests that these oranges help support the body and protect us from conditions such as heart disease and cancer. Oranges are also thought to have some anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimicrobial benefits and they are a great source of fiber, B vitamins, vitamin A, calcium and potassium.
You will need the following ingredients: a few oranges and some celery sticks.
- Cinnamon Apple Crisps
Apple crisps are one of the easiest and simplest snacks to make in your home! Instead of just cutting up an apple, you can make one whole batch of these apple chips at the beginning of the week for an easy snack which will last all week. Another bonus is that these crunchy apples will fill you up with fiber and give you a nice shot of vitamin C too!
Tip: If your kids are feeling super hungry, have them dip the apple chips in yogurt for some extra protein!
You will need the following ingredients: A baking sheet lined with parchment paper, a few apples, a knife to thinly cut your apples, and a handful of cinnamon and sugar to sprinkle on top of the apples. Once they have been cut and sprinkled with sugar, they are ready for the oven until they are crisp (60-90 mins).
- “Crispy” Kale Chips
Kale chips have a lot of powerful antioxidants! They are a perfect and healthy alternative for an afternoon snack! Eating kale can also help lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. This snack is also low in calories, but will most likely make you feel full after one bowl!
You will need the following ingredients: A baking sheet lined with parchment paper, 1 head of kale, washed and thoroughly dried, 2 tablespoons olive oil and some sea salt, for sprinkling on top. Then preheat the oven to 250 degrees and leave them in for 20 minutes.
- Yummy “Bird” Veggie Platter
This last snack includes a yummy veggie platter plate. Your kids will love this creative idea and will enjoy a nice and healthy mixture of vegetables with some tasty hummus. Hummus is a popular Middle eastern dip that has many vitamins and minerals. Research shows that hummus and its variety of ingredients have possible health benefits such as helping fight inflammation, improving blood sugar control, better digestive health and much more. Additionally, almonds can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and are packed with vitamin E, magnesium and potassium, which help oxygen and nutrients flow more freely through the blood. Lastly, almonds are a bone-building food.
You will need the following ingredients: A plate, a knife to cut up your veggies, one carrot, celery, one red pepper, a cucumber, a spoon to scoop some hummus, and a handful of almonds.
The Cristian Rivera Foundation hopes that you and your family enjoy these healthy snacks and are staying safe! Thank you for all your help and support! Full Steam Ahead!
By: AnneMarie Hoopes