Over the last few months I have really gotten into eating whole/real foods and trying not to take the easy way out by simply picking up a hot bar or ready to stick in the oven meal. We all know it’s hard sometimes because you get so busy catering to your kids all day, you forget you need to be healthy too. I usually end up just grabbing snacks all through out the day, which in the past haven’t been the healthiest of choices, but what can I say? You’re so busy that you forget to eat, then you are STARVING, and then you’re HANGRY (which isn’t good for anyone involved) and just grab the first thing you see. That’s why I’ve started making these healthy snacks to keep around the house at all times. They are easy to make, and easy to grab when you just need something to hold you over for a bit. I should also point out, I am the worlds biggest snacker. I’m one of those people that if a nutritionist asked what I ate I would just be like “Ummmmm, I had a bite of this, 3 bites of this, a bag of that, and I may have grabbed one of those…but I cant remember.” Hence, why I realized I am much better off with healthy things that are ready to go. All of these recipes, for the most part, are paleo and/or gluten free FYI 🙂
So friends, get to cooking! Set aside an hour or so at the begining of the week, or on a Sunday when you maybe have some help with the kids, and cook five of your favorite things to last you and the family for the week. And while you’re at it, dress the part and have some fun wth it. Savannah loves “helping” me cook, and Hunter loves watching, so it’s a great way to get some snacks made and keep them entertained. It’s also a great way to start teaching good eating and cooking habits to your children.
So here are my top favorite recipes, born from trial and error, and what gets the thumbs up from everyone in the family!
GREEN MUFFINS// recipe here
I found this green muffin recipe from the Kristin Cavallari book that I love. Muffins are the best because they’re easy to just grab and take on the go, and when they include greens and no sugar, they’re even better. If you haven’t heard of Kristin Cavallari or used any of her recipes, you’re welcome. She is serious ‘mom goals’ and always cooking healthy, tasty meals and staying fit too.
EGG SALAD// recipe here
My husband has properly named this “Eggamole” (its actually a healthy egg salad but he insists on calling it that) This is the easiest recipe I found a couple years ago that has just always been a favorite for everyone. You can eat it in a variety of ways which makes it even better. I usually add a tiny bit of dijon mustard and pepper also. Add it on some whole wheat toast, dip some healthy chips in it, or just eat it plain!
GRANOLA// recipe here
I have played around with nut granolas for years. There are a lot of different ones I like, but this recipe is my favorite. It is also so easy to modify and add in some of your favorite things. I don’t even use measuring cups anymore because I just start throwing things in until its the consistency I like. You can also add some rolled oats if you aren’t doing a paleo/no carb diet.
This chicken salad is all the yumminess without all the goop. Seriously, is it just me or does this world over-mayonnaises everything? And there is nothing nutritious about it so I feel good leaving it out! I actually prefer eating chicken this way now.
HUMMUS// recipe here
Up until recently, I had NO IDEA how easy hummus was to make yourself! If I would have known how easy it was I would have done this a long time ago. There are so many great recipes you can find on Pinterest, I personally love sticking to the basics. Keep some veggies in your fridge to dip in it and its the best snack.
I hope you all enjoy these recipes as much as I do! Let me know some of your favorite healthy snacks!