Supplying an unconventional on-the-go snack is vital to ensuring your child is healthy. Being a student in this fast-paced world requires you to be quick and efficient in everything you do, from studying to managing your daily activities.
Often, you have to travel between classes, run errands, or attend events, leaving you little time to sit down and have a proper meal; This is where unconventional on-the-go snacks come in! Snacks provide necessary energy and help keep hunger at bay. But let’s be honest; not all snacks are created equal. The traditional snack options can be unhealthy, tedious, or costly.
To help you stay on track and energized throughout your busy day, we’ve compiled a list of five unconventional, easy-to-make, and inexpensive snacks you can pack in your backpack and enjoy on the go!
- Sweet potato: Sweet potato toast is a simple and nutritious snack that requires minimal effort. Slice the sweet potato lengthwise using a serrated knife into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Parents can add the pieces to a toaster or an oven until tender. Sweet potato toast is jam-packed with nutrients, including fiber, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Add extra flavor, add avocado, hummus, or nut butter, and a sprinkle of cinnamon, paprika, or sea salt. Here are some popular topping options that cater to various taste preferences:
- For a savory twist:
- Avocado and cherry tomatoes
- Hummus and grilled veggies
- Cream cheese and smoked salmon
- Scrambled eggs and chives
- For a sweet treat:
- Nut butter and banana slices
- Ricotta cheese and berries
- Greek yogurt and honey
- Hazelnut spread and sliced strawberries.
- Energy Bites: These no-bake energy bites are the perfect snack to keep your energy levels up and your appetite satisfied. They’re also an excellent option for those who love something sweet but want to avoid refined sugar. Mix rolled oats, peanut butter, honey, chocolate chips, and flaxseeds in a bowl to make these bites. Once the mixture is thoroughly combined, roll it into small balls and refrigerate for 30 minutes. These energy bites are packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, making them the perfect on-the-go snack.
- Roasted chickpeas: Roasted chickpeas are a crunchy and healthy snack that can satisfy your craving for something salty. Toss canned chickpeas with olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and paprika to make roasted chickpeas. Spread them on a baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes, occasionally shaking the pan to prevent burning. Roasted chickpeas are excellent for boosting your protein and fiber intake, and they’re satisfying and crunchy.
- Ants on a Log with a Twist: This is a classic snack loved by kids and adults alike. The traditional recipe calls for celery, peanut butter, and raisins. However, you can add a twist to it by using apple slices in place of celery. Cut an apple into thin slices to make this snack, and spread almond butter over each piece. Then, top the almond butter with a few raisins. This twist on the classic snack will satisfy your sweet-tooth cravings and provide plenty of healthy nutrients.
- Homemade Trail Mix: This trail mix is an excellent snack perfect for students on the go. Combine your favorite nuts, seeds, and dried fruits in a bowl to make your homemade trail mix. You can choose from various options: almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cranberries, and raisins. You can also add a few dark chocolate chips to the mix to satisfy your sweet cravings. Trail mix is easy to pack and carry in your backpack, making it an excellent snack for those busy days.
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Being a parent and making creative, unconventional on-the-go snacks can be stressful. Still, ensuring your child eats healthy snacks that provide energy and nutrients is essential. These unconventional on-the-go snack recipes are easy to make, delicious, and keep your child going throughout the day. Experimenting with new snack ideas is fun and beneficial for your child’s mental and physical well-being. So try these snacks and see how they boost and satisfy your child’s energy levels.