By Laura Slatalla, ASU Nutrition Student
Having the kids home during the summer means they’ll be playing hard and get extra hungry, so it’s a great time to try some new and exciting snacks! Break out of the crackers or cookies and try out some high fiber and protein snacks or fruity treats.
Spread some avocado on whole wheat toast and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese or add an egg! It’s super filling and tasty. The whole wheat has fiber, avocado has healthy fat, and cheese or an egg will have some protein.
No Bake Granola Bars
2 ½ cups puffed brown rice cereal
2 cups instant oats
½ cup raisins or other dried fruit
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup honey
½ cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
- Put cereal, oats, and raisins in a bowl
- Boil brown sugar and honey in a small pan
- Stir in peanut butter, then vanilla
- Mix with cereal, oats, and raisins
- Press into a 9 x 13 inch pan
- Cool and cut into bars
Ants on a Log
I’m sure most of us remember this classic from childhood! It’s fun and easy. Wash some celery in cold water to freshen it up. Shake it dry and cut into 3 or 4 inch pieces. Add a little peanut butter and top with raisins. The kids can help make this one!
Slice up some of your favorite fruits and keep them refrigerated for a quick snack. I like to have a base fruit, like pineapple or watermelon, and add berries, grapes, or apples. Adding a little honey and lemon will keep the apples from browning and make it a little more interesting. Try adding some fresh mint too!
These can be made from juice or leftover smoothie. You can find molds at the supermarket, even some cute shapes if you look! They make a great treat that are lower in fat than an ice-cream cone.