When you think of snacks, you don’t have to think of chips and candies right away. There are many healthy snacks available, and these range from cookies made from organic ingredients to fresh batch yogurt. These “healthy” snacks found in supermarkets are, unfortunately, regarded as not being tasty. And when you look at the packaging, you will see preservatives and additives used to keep the product’s shelf time longer. When you think about it, these “healthy” snacks are not so nutritious, after all.
As always, the fresher you make something, the better it is nutrition-wise. Therefore, if you want to have healthy snacks, there is no better place to make them than at home. You may think that you cannot make snacks as tasty when you do them at home, but, in reality, homemade snacks are even better than what you buy from supermarkets. It is because you don’t become thrifty when it comes to ingredients used, and you can customize the snack however you want it to be.
There is also the misconception that homemade snacks are not easy to make. Some say you need to spend a lot of time into making them. And others think that you need to spend a lot of money to make healthy snacks. These misconceptions are, of course, not true. In fact, when you choose to make your snacks at home, you end up saving money, plus, you get to eat nutrient-packed meals, as well. So, do not think that it is costly and time-consuming to make snacks at home. Once you find it enjoyable to prepare these snacks, you will see that there is no point in purchasing your favorite chips and desserts in supermarkets.
If you are busy with work and family, and you want prepared gluten-free meals, many homemade snacks can be ordered online. You won’t need hours of your time to prepare these. To make one batch, you only need a few hours, and that batch can last you up to two weeks depending on how much you prepare. When you use grains, nuts, and dried fruit, prepared snacks can last for up to months. And when you put them in the fridge, the more that they will get preserved.
Here are some of our favorite easy-to-prepare healthy snacks that won’t call for a lot of your time and efforts:
1. Trail mix
Trail mixes are not just a favorite of kids, but of adults, as well. Its popularity is understandable with the right blend of sweetness, sourness, and saltiness all in one pack. What used to be trail food has now become the favorite snack of many.
Trail mixes are incredibly easy to prepare. All you need are the following: your favorite dried fruits (e.g., raisins, cranberries, and blueberries), your favorite nuts (e.g., almonds, cashews, pecans, Brazilian nuts, sunflower seeds, and peanuts), granola or muesli, sugar, and salt. Put all these ingredients in one bowl and mix. Once you’ve mixed all ingredients, transfer to a baking tray and spread the mixture evenly. Bake the mix on medium temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how toasted you want the combination to be. Once baking is done, transfer to plastic or glass containers, and keep for up to one month. Get from the mix as often as you need. And when you want the trail mix to last longer, keep it in the fridge.
Some prefer to use honey instead of sugar because the former lasts longer. However, it may be quite a pain to mix the entire mixture when you use honey, so it is understandable why many prefer to use sugar. The taste of honey, however, is better than the taste of sugar. So, others would instead go through the complicated route of mixing nuts, granola, and dried fruits with honey. And when you bake the entire mix with honey, the taste gets even better. That is why trail mix mixed with honey is a more popular option compared to mixing it with sugar.
If you love sports or you need that pick-me-up during the day, you can carry trail mixes with you as a healthy snack option.
Nothing is more simple and easy to prepare than getting a piece of fruit and putting it in your lunchbox. But it is surprising that many people don’t think of fruits straightaway when they think of snacks. If you want a healthy and fuss-free snack, consider fruits. There are lots of fruits to choose from, from apples, peaches, pears, oranges, to bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and cherries. Even kids love fruits, so as an adult, you may have fond memories of fruits, too.
When you think about it, preparing snacks should not be complicated at all. You need to consider your options and then stick to those that are unprocessed and are closest to their natural state. If you think of complicated snacks, then the more that you will add to the process. Eventually, the process may strip the food of its full nutrients.