Snack ideas for healthy teens got you stumped?
The key is to BE PREPARED. Remember from last post? If you have good food in your fridge, you will eat good food. This is true for all of us. So make regular trips to the grocery store, with a list of things that will sustain your teens (and their friends) for the week.
Be Ready!! Don’t wait for them to start rummaging through the kitchen. They will snack on what is in front of them. So have it out on the counter.
- Organic popcorn made in a Whirley Pop with coconut oil and sea salt. You and your kids will flip for this stuff. Don’t have a Whirley Pop? Just in a lidded pot. So easy. DEE-LISH. Tiny but Mighty brand popcorn kernels are pretty cool to eat.
- Sliced cucumbers/carrot rounds marinated in lime juice and sea salt. Don’t underestimate this one!
- Tex Mex rules! Keep grass-fed taco meat ready to go. Always have these in your fridge:
- Fresh pico, salsa and bean dip. Nachos with pinto beans and cheese knock Cheetos out of the park!
- GUACAMOLE is awesome AND Organic chips are a must. Make sure your tortillas are fresh and without chemical ingredients. (Say goodbye to Mission brand)
- Bean Roll-Ups Spread bean dip on a whole wheat flour tortilla, top with shredded organic white cheddar and roll up. Brush with oil or grass fed butter and bake 10 minutes at 400 degrees F. Serve with salsa.
- GEM hummus with jalapeno pesto. Grab one of our snack packs for their lunch too!
- Sunflower seeds. Pumpkin seeds. Pistachios are fun to eat. Keep in a bowl on the counter.
- Sliced apples with organic peanut/almond butter. Even sunflower butter is great (for nut allergies)
- Slice bananas and freeze them. AWESOME. Grapes, too. Cutie oranges are fun to eat.
- Make smoothies! Keep frozen berries (1c), 1 frozen banana, (1) almond milk (1c), pomegranate juice (1/2c) and plant based protein powder. (We use Epic inside The GEM.) They will love you!
- Applegate Farms Turkey or chicken with a little mustard wrapped around a sesame breadstick.
- Mini pizzas made with whole grain English muffins, fresh marinara (no sugar, all natural), organic mozzarella.
- Sami’s Cinnamon Chips will disappear at carpool time. Everyone LOVES these high fiber, low sugar (but don’t tell them that) chips. Available at The GEM.
- Whole wheat pasta already made. Or, Tinkyada brand gluten free pasta. Find a pomodoro sauce that is clean and healthy with nothing but tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, spices. NOTHING ELSE.
- Make your own pita chips–sprinkle whole grain pita chips with parmesan cheese and broil until golden brown. Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies–in a pinch–are okay. Annie’s makes all kinds of convenience foods that can help make a transition into cleaner snacks.
- Steam frozen ORGANIC edamame and add sea salt.
- Roasted chickpeas. So fun!
- Brown rice sushi pieces—cucumber rolls, California rolls.
- Make your own cookies and brownies as a special treat. Just use organic flours, whole butters and real chocolates. A little goodness goes a long way. Stay away from Betty and Duncan. They are toxic sh*t storms.
- This ain’t working for you? Still need some frozen snacks? Try these. Amy’s Nacho Snacks, Pizza Rolls or Burritos. Available at most grocery stores.
- Popsicles? Frozen fruit ones are great–make sure to read the ingredients. Try these GoodPops out of Austin.
These are not all super-food healthy snacks–because we aren’t dummies. They are, however, CLEAN, free of harmful chemicals and dyes. This is really important to remember when feeding your families.
What are YOUR go-to healthy snack options? We’d love to hear!
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