A handful of ingredients can go a long way for a menu of mini-meals.
The best, most cost-effective (and even healthiest!) snacks are created at home and don’t come from inside a box. Whether that’s incorporating fresh ingredients, assembling a mix of dried, roasted nuts or adding a little touch of your creativity, making a mini-meal doesn’t need to take long or feel like a chore!
When making these goodies, go for the trifecta: quick, easy and nutritious. Here are some recipes that fit the bill and will satisfy your hunger in no time. There’s a good chance you have many of these ingredients in your kitchen right now.
Fruit Smoothie (to up your fruit intake)
Mix 1 cup vanilla yogurt, 1 cup frozen berries, 1 frozen banana and 1/4 cup orange juice in a blender to pour out a thick, delicious treat.
Sweet and Savory (for a quick bite of protein)
Take sweet dates and cover them with peanut butter or another favorite nut butter. Then top with a cranberry.
Crunch, Crunch (for healthy fats)
Smash up half an avocado in a small bowl, splash in lime juice and add a sprinkle of salt. Top with a dollop of salsa. Then scoop it out with baked tortilla chips.
Nut Butter and Fruit Roll-ups (to stave off hunger between meals)
Take a tortilla wrap, smear nut butter over it and line with sliced bananas or strawberries. Roll up and eat whole or cut into smaller bites.
Mediterranean Delight (for added protein and fiber)
Smear hummus over sliced cucumbers. Top with a Kalamata olive.
Summertime Skewer (a low carb, healthy fat snack)
Skewer cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil on toothpicks. Lightly drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Pizza Party (for a calcium boost)
Slice French bread, cover in marinara sauce and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. To spice it up, add pepperoni and sliced black olives, or veg out with diced red onions, mixed bell peppers and garlic. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
Sweet & Salty Trail Mix (to increase protein and satisfy a sweet tooth)
Mix 1/2 cup each of cashews and almonds. Add in 1/4 cup of dried cherries and 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips. Then add 1/4 cup of coconut flakes for the perfect bit of sweetness.