Quick and Healthy Snacks for Busy Moms

By Pregnancy & Parenting Team May 01, 2017

Tired of your kids grabbing pop tarts or Cheetos at snack time? It might be time to try something different. Consider giving these healthy, unique snacks, a try:

Protein-Packed Power Balls

Makes: 39 balls

2 cup rolled oats                     2/3 cup honey
1 cup peanut butter              ½ cup flax seed
½ cup craisins                         ½ cup walnuts

Combine all ingredients and mix well using hands or a sturdy rubber spatula. Using a small scoop or a table spoon break off into quarter-sized pieces and using your hands loosely roll into balls. Place on a sheet pan, cover with saran wrap and place in the refrigerator to set for 1 hour.

Cinnamon Fruit Salsa

Makes: 10 servings

3 apples diced                                             .5 tsp lemon juice
9 oz. fresh strawberries diced              12 whole wheat tortillas
3.5 oz. red grapes cut in half                1.5 tb. Ground cinnamon
4 kiwis diced                                               1.75 oz. sugar
9 oz. mandarin orange sections          Crisco pan spray
1 oz. brown sugar

Mix the lemon juice and brown sugar together until sugar dissolves. Combine all of the fruit, add lemon-sugar mixture. Toss to coat. Cut each tortilla into 6 equal pieces and place on a cookie sheet pan in a single layer. Combine cinnamon and sugar. Lightly spray each tortilla and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes or until crispy. Leave on sheet pant to cool. Serve salsa with cinnamon chips on the side.

Trail Mix

Makes: 10 servings

3 oz. Goldfish cheddar crackers            4.5 oz. Crispix cereal
5.5 oz. mixed nuts unsalted                     4 oz. mini twist pretzels
4 oz. raisins                                                    6 oz. plain M&Ms

In a large bowl toss everything together to combine and serve.

Roast Turkey High Roller

Makes: 10 pieces

2 oz. lite cream cheese                             4 oz. pre-sliced deli roast turkey breast
1 tb. Craisins (chopped)                           2 oz. cucumber (thinly sliced)
1 oz. apricot preserves                            1 Tb. Fresh cilantro (chopped
1/8 tsp. curry powder                               5 slices fresh whole tomato
2 lettuce leaves                                           1 – 10” whole wheat tortilla

Combine cream cheese, chopped craisins, apricot preserves and curry powder in a bowl. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on the tortilla. Top with leaf lettuce, single layers of roast turkey, sliced cucumbers, sliced tomatoes and cilantro. Roll up tightly and refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut each wrap diagonally into ¾” slices.

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