An apple a day keeps the doctor away!
Every self-reliant person needs to know how to quickly prepare healthy snacks. As a great side bonus, fresh, beautiful real food makes a great appetizer to take along to a party in place of the standard bag of potato chips. Healthy snacks do take more time and preparation than store-bought snacks in colorful packaging with more ingredients than we can count or pronounce, but it’s worth it!
Fun favorites in our family include:
- Ants on a log – peanut butter or cream cheese filled celery logs with raisin ants on them.
- Dates rolled in coconut satisfy a sweet tooth and surprise others as unusual and keep them coming back for more.
- Frozen grapes – a handful of grapes in a personal baggie frozen for a hot day make a fun afternoon snack.
- A carrot (with a small cup of homemade sour cream and herb dip). What’s up doc?
- An everything mini muffin – make a batch of bran plus dried fruit and nut muffins (made with applesauce instead of oil) and freeze most of them. A great way to add hidden nutrients like flax seed or protein powder! Bring out a few at a time, and slide in a wedge of butter or cream cheese for fun.
- Trail mix with all your favorite things: dried fruits and nuts with bits of coconut and chocolate and seeds make a very filling and energy-boosting healthy snack.
- And, of course, an (organic) apple a day keeps the doctor away! So does a fresh fruit salad gently blended into a tablespoon of yogurt with a dash of cinnamon.
When we take time to make our food look beautiful and fun, it becomes a joy to eat. When we take time to seek out healthy food, our bodies will stay strong and healthy for our lifestyle of choice. Remember that you only have one life and no one will look after your well being more than you will.
As the mom of growing children who are always hungry, Nicole Lorenz keeps a stash of quick, easy and healthy snacks to prepare and pass around.