One of the secrets to a healthy and happy family is giving them highly nutritious food. But if we are to look at the concept of ‘healthy’ in our dinner tables, it is often dull, bland, and boring. It doesn’t have to be this way. With a little imagination and creativity plus some of our helpful tips, you can always prepare some really healthy snacks to delight your family.
Banana Sushi Rolled in Chia Seeds
Fancy a Japanese sushi? While this delicacy is indeed one of the healthiest in the world, there are quite a number of folks who are not really keen on eating raw fish, especially if one cannot get access to sushi-grade tuna. Worry not as you can still put some twist to a Japanese classic by making it more tropical. It is also very easy to prepare. Simply pour some chia and poppy seeds onto parchment paper and mix the seeds well. Get a ripe banana and peel only half of it lengthwise so that half the length still has the peel on it. Drizzle some honey onto the exposed banana flesh and then roll this on the chia-poppy seed mixture. Make sure to coat the half-lengthwise banana evenly. Slowly and gently peel off the remaining skin of the banana and carefully slice them into half-inch thick discs. Easy and simple yet elegant and healthy.
Strawberry and Banana Frozen Yogurt
Forget that sinfully decadent ice cream you and your family have been craving for. This frozen delight is sure to surprise not only you, but also your kids. You don’t even need an ice cream maker to bring this healthy frozen delight to the table. Put frozen sliced bananas and frozen strawberries into your blender or food processor. Add Greek yogurt and give it a good blend until smooth yet firm. Transfer the mixture into freezer-safe molds or cups and let it freeze. Alternatively, you can pour the mixture into a larger container that will double as your ice cream container. Once set, you can simply scoop single-serving portions for everyone to enjoy.
Veggie Spring Rolls
The spring rolls of Southeast Asia are famous for their use of the freshest produce wrapped in thin rice wraps. The secret here is to combine a variety of flavors, textures, and colors. Don’t go for an all-green theme, otherwise it won’t be appetizing to the eyes. You’ll need carrots, different colors of bell peppers, purple cabbage, avocado, and cucumber or any other vegetables that you and your family would like to eat. Simply layer different colors of vegetables onto rice paper and add a drizzle of lime or any healthy sauce you may want to put in. Form a roll and you’ve got one of the best and most refreshing vegan spring rolls for your family.
Avocados are naturally packed with antioxidants that, when combined with another antioxidant-rich food – peanuts – these can give you and your family all the health you need. Only ripe avocados should be used in this recipe. Chopped unsalted peanuts plus country bread are also required. Combine avocadoes, peanuts, salt, pepper, olive oil, and a bit of lime juice into your blender and give it a good run. Toast your country bread slices and slather the avocado peanut sauce generously. Finish it off with a few slices of ripe avocados on top and sprinkled with coarsely chopped peanuts. It’s hearty, creamy, and health; combining beneficial vitamins, healthy fats, and amazing flavors.
Roasted Parmesan-Crusted Asparagus
Kids don’t usually like asparagus, but with a little creativity you can get them to love this vitamin-rich veggie. Combine parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, and a little cayenne. Beat some eggs. Boil your asparagus for about 7 minutes, drain, and dry. Dip an asparagus into the beaten egg before rolling into the parmesan-breadcrumb mixture. Place this in a baking tray and do the same with the rest of the asparagus. If there is leftover breadcrumb mixture, sprinkle this, too. Bake the parmesan-coated asparagus into a 325OF oven that was preheated to 400OF until the breadcrumbs have turned golden brown. Prepare some soft-boiled eggs that will serve as your dipping sauce.
Healthy and nutritious snacks don’t have to be boring. With these simple recipes, you can easily delight your family at the dinner table.