Consumers Want a Healthier Snack!

We all like having snacks to munch on here and there, and now we’re looking for a healthier alternative. It should come as no surprise as consumers are more conscious of what they are consuming. Some people prefer savory, and others have more of a sweet tooth. Either way, it seems to us that protein, natural and 0-little sugar is the preference amongst younger generations. Those who are a little bit older, tend to watch for sugar and sodium levels in the snacks they consume. When shopping for food and snacks, consumers demand transparency in a product. Does this sounds like you? Take a look at product labels, ingredients, and specific health benefits.

Now that it’s summer time, some have the chance to spend more time at home with their kids. What fun/healthy snacks can YOU make that you’ll both love?

Popcorn

Everybody loves popcorn and making your own is the healthiest way to serve it. Traditionally, we add some salt and some butter. But, try using coconut sugar in place of those two ingredients. Coconut is a natural sweetener and a great alternative to sugar. The best part about it, is that the sugar made in a natural 2-step process retains quite a bit of the nutrients found in the coconut palm such as Iron, Calcium and Potassium.

Fruit and Yogurt Popsicles

Who doesn’t like popsicles? You can use a mix of berries and bananas, mangos, pineapple and more – Whatever suits your taste buds, really. Add some low-fat plain or vanilla yogurt, and you’re good to go. You may use honey as an alternate sweetener as suggested here in this recipe! This is an especially great thing to make now that it’s summer.

Photo from allrecipes.com

Photo from allrecipes.com

How About Just Fruit?

Most kids prefer fruit over vegetables anyway. Sometimes the more appetizing it looks, the more likely children are to eat it. How about throwing some fruit together on a kabob? This could turn into the sort of activity where it is okay to play with your food!

Peanut Butter Granola

Oats, peanut butter, cinnamon and honey. There are a few more ingredients, but you know where we’re going with this. You can eat the granola on its own, with yogurt, and as a cereal for breakfast.  See exactly how long it takes to make this flavour-perfect granola.

Guacamole           

GuacThis can be made in many different ways and served with a healthier chip alternative. Whether it is a Triscuit cracker, a spinach/kale chip or a rice cracker with sesame seeds. Mix up your guacamole a little bit so that there’s more flavour. Try adding:  black olives, tomatoes, finely chopped onions, lime, and cucumbers. Truthfully, you can put just about anything in it, and make it spicy. Maybe hold off on the spice if your kids aren’t a fan!

Here are 5 great snacks that you can make, and share with your kids. Are there any other snacks that we should know about that you’ve made that your friends/family that kids might love? Tell us below!

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