Most of us love to SNACK! Snacking isn’t a bad thing as long as you choose the right snacks. Here is our list of 17 bright ideas for healthier snack ideas that you can substitute for those snacks that we love but might have too much sugar, salt, fat or preservatives:
Smiths Popped potato snacks instead of regular potato chips – These great tasting snacks are cooked in air making them have 50% less fat than regular chips. They come in 3 delicious flavours, BBQ, Sour Creams & Chives and Salt & Vinegar and they meet the Amber School Canteen Guidelines. Enter our competition to win 17 weeks of Smiths Popped and your family will thank you!
Frozen yoghurt instead of ice cream – The quickest way to get frozen yoghurt is to buy your favourite yoghurt and pop it into the freezer and a few hours later you’ll have a frozen dairy snack. If you would like to replicate the creamy texture of ice cream, why not try this method of making frozen yoghurt. Add some honey or frozen fruit and you’ll have a delicious snack the kids will love.
Air popped popcorn instead of buttered popcorn – Having a movie night and watching your favourite movie on the small screen is much more fun when you add popcorn but to save yourself from the extra calories, buy yourself an popcorn air popper (you can pick them up for under $40). Even if you feel you want to add a bit of salt, you’ll at least know exactly how much you’ve put in.
Rice crackers with salsa instead of crackers and dip – You can either buy salsa or make your own. Finely dice 2 tomatoes, a red onion, a red capsicum and add some corn kernels. Season with salt, pepper and some chili flakes (if you like it spicy) then mix well and serve with store bought rice crackers.
Pita bread instead of corn chips – Cut the pita bread into 6 or 8 wedges per slice. Put the wedges on a baking tray and into the oven on low heat for 15-20 mins until they get all crunchy. You can use these for dipping or with nachos.
Soda water with lemon juice instead lemonade – This is a very refreshing drink. You can always add a little sweetener if you want or substitute lemons with limes or oranges.
Make our own dips instead of buying pre-made dips – Home made dips are very easy to make and taste great. Blend an avocado with a spoonful of light sour cream or mash a can of cannellini beans with a little minced garlic, lemon juice and oil. Why not put your favourite home made dip recipe onto our recipe page?
Make your own ice blocks instead of buying them – Store bought ice blocks tend to have colourings and extra sugar so instead, use freshly squeezed orange juice or watermelon juice from a juicer and put them into some ice block moulds. The kids will love to help. You can even add some fruit pieces into the mix. Experiment with different flavours and let us know what you love best.
Make your own potato wedges instead of buying hot chips – Cut a par-boiled potato with skin on into 8 wedges. Spray with an oil spray or for extra crunch coat lightly with olive oil then salt lightly. Place onto a baking tray in a single layer with skin pointing down. Put into a hot oven for about 20-30 mins until they are crunchy on the outside. Serve with crumbed fish, a light sour cream and sweet chilli sauce.
Fruits like red grapes, blueberries or raspberries instead of lollies – Berries and grapes make a good substitute for lollies as they are small and sweet and easily popped into little mouths. Fruit is filled with terrific vitamins and anti-oxidants that you won’t get in a lolly.
Banana toastie instead of banana bread – I love banana bread but quite a bit of oil goes into the making of this great café snack. Why not try a banana toastie instead? Use older bananas for a more intense banana taste
Hazelnut spread to a Cruskit instead of a chocolate biscuit – The key to this one is restraint in using the hazelnut spread. A light layer over a crispy cracker like a Cruskit might help you resist that Tim Tam at 3pm.
Scones instead of a doughnut – Doughnuts are yummy but they are also cooked in oil. Scones have a cake-like texture and they are easy to make at home. Top them with a bit of butter and 100’s and 1000’s to helps tempt the kids or a touch of cream and low sugar jam when friends drop over.
Make your own muesli slice instead of a muesli bar – Lots of kids take a muesli bar in their lunch box to school. Why not make your own muesli slice like this one from Donna Hay. Wrap them with some pretty paper or write a little message and they will love you for it. The great part about making your own is you can tailor the flavour to what your kids love.
Date Balls instead of chocolate – Ok, if you are like me you will probably say there is no substitute for chocolate but if you would like to reduce your chocolate intake, why not try Date Balls? Dates are a great source of B-Vitamins, magnesium and iron.
Smoothies instead of milk shakes – Use low-fat milk and yoghurt with fresh fruit and you will easily cut down on both fat and sugar that are high in milk shakes.
Homemade Iced Tea instead of store bought – When you make your own iced tea you can control how much sugar goes into it. To reduce the sugar level even more, use a sugar substitute. Place teabags of your favourite flavour tea into boiling water as if you were making hot tea. If you want a stronger flavour, add more teabags rather than leaving teabags in the water for longer. Add sugar at this stage, while water is hot, so it dissolves properly. Allow it to cool to room temp before placing the tea into the fridge. Add some fresh lemon or orange juice to enhance the flavour.
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