Nutritious Snacks

#1: Oatmeal Apple Cookies
This recipe makes use of oats and apples, both of which are highly nutritious. Oatmeal contains 0% cholesterol, 33% dietary fiber, 19% iron, and 2% of Vitamin B and Vitamin K. Apples, as we all know, are a rich source of carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorous, vitamin C, and folic acid. So combine the two, add nutritious honey and margarine, as it has less calories than butter, and you are done!

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ cups quick-cooking oats
  • ¾ cup stone ground whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup margarine, softened
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. baking soda

Process

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Grease cookie sheets. Take a large bowl and beat the egg, margarine, honey, and vanilla until smooth. When done, add in flour, cinnamon, baking soda, apple, and oats. Stir until blended. Drop this mixture by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake for about 8-10 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool slightly on the baking sheets before moving them to the wire racks.

#2: Vegetable Pita Pizza
Pizza and nutritious sound contradictory, isn’t it? But this dish can be turned into a delicious snack by adding nutritious ingredients, like mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, pepper, etc. Kids will be benefited by all the nutrients from the vegetables and also enjoy the snack.

Ingredients

  • 2 large pita, whole-wheat
  • ½ cup assorted fresh vegetables such as small broccoli, cauliflower florets, red sweet pepper strips, sliced fresh mushrooms, chopped carrot
  • ¼ cup pizza sauce
  • ¼ cup cheese, mozzarella, shredded
  • Cooking spray

Process

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Place the pita bread on the baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes. Coat a small skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Add the veggies to the heated skillet and cook until tender and yet crisp. Spread pizza sauce on the hot pita bread, add the vegetables and cheese. Bake for about 8 – 10 minutes until light brown. Serve warm.

#3: Fruit Salsa
Kids love to dip and eat. This snack will provide them nutrition as well as an opportunity to dip! Fruit salsa is mainly made of strawberries, raspberries, kiwis, and apples.

Ingredients

  • 10 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 1 lb strawberries
  • 8 oz. raspberries
  • 1 cup sugar substitute or cinnamon sugar
  • 3 tbsp. fruit preserves, any flavor
  • 2 tbsp. white sugar
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray

Process

Take a large bowl, mix raspberries, kiwis, apples, and strawberries in it. Cover and refrigerate until chilled for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350ºF. Now coat each tortilla with cooking spray, sprinkle the desired amount of sugar substitute or cinnamon sugar on them, and then cut into wedges. Spray with cooking spray again. Bake in the preheated oven for about 8 – 10 minutes. Allow the tortillas to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving with the chilled fruit salsa. This is one of the most nutritious breakfast items for preschoolers; however, even adults are sure to enjoy it!

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