Everyone, kids and adults alike, loves to eat snacks. But sometimes fueling your snack habit can get expensive, and isn’t exactly healthy. One way to offset this is to create snacks at home. This is satisfying, as cooking something delicious often is, and it can help you to control what you and your family eat.
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Some snacks are so simple that you can just whip them up in moments. Something as simple as fruit or carrot sticks might just fill your snack cravings, and it’s good for you. Snacking healthily can be as simple as reaching for something other than your usual chips or cookies.
When we get home from a grocery trip, I like to prep the fruits and vegetables that we use for snacking. For example, I pull all the grapes from the vines, wash them, and store in a tightly-sealed mason jar.
You can also prep snacks ahead of time. I like to mix up large batches of homemade salsa and keep tortilla chips on hand for my boys to grab after school, sports practice, etc.
Keep these simple, healthy snacks handy. It’s no effort, but it can make a surprising difference.
Homemade Sweet Treats
However, the fact is that sometimes you want something a bit less healthy. Don’t reach for the cookie jar just yet, though. Consider making cookies at home, and maybe get the kids involved. If you want to encourage your children to get into cooking, then making something that they’re looking forward to is a great start.
The cookie at the end is the reward for their hard work. As well as the traditional chocolate chip cookie, which is a classic for a good reason, you can also consider some even quicker and easy-to-make cookies.
For example, these no-bake peanut butter cookies are addictively good and incredibly simple to make. All you need to do is mix together the ingredients, create cookie shapes, and chill in the refrigerator overnight. True, you need to be patient and wait for the next day before enjoying them, but it’s more than worth the wait for these sticky, chewy, and peanutty cookies.
While many people have a decidedly sweet tooth, sometimes you crave something more salty and savory. This is typically when you’ll reach for a packet of chips, perhaps with some dip on the side to make more of a meal of your snack.
However, there are plenty of savory snack options that you can make at home instead. If you have the time, you should consider looking at some recipes for beef jerky. Beef jerky is a brilliant way to preserve meat, but most importantly, it tastes great and gives a protein boost. Beef jerky is simply marinated meat that’s cured and dried. When you make it at home, you can play around with the flavors and even different types of meat.
If you prefer a quicker savory snack, then there are still great options to make at home. For example, if you have some rolled puff pastry, then you can make cheese straws. These are great snacks or party foods and can be whipped up in moments.
Another meaty option that combines sweet and savory is candied bacon. No, candied bacon is decidedly not healthy, but it’s delicious. Candied bacon is sticky, salty, and sweet. Depending on what you add to it, it can even be slightly spicy as well.
Once you start experimenting with snacks at home, you’ll find so many options to play with.