Sometimes all you need is just a little snack. Now that you don’t have to make a big meal for a growing family, it’s nice to have some little treats around that you can graze on when you need to. The important thing is to remember to feed your body and brain with healthy, nutritious food instead of relying on instant or commercially processed foods. So, here are six healthy snack ideas for treats you can make yourself. And, they’re delicious!

Experiment with Tamari Pumpkin Seeds

High in protein and healthy oils, pumpkin seeds are cheap, tasty and convenient. They’re also available everywhere. Tamari soy sauce is found in most grocery stores and has a special tangy flavor, so it works best for roasted pumpkin seeds. See the Tamari pumpkin seeds full recipe.

Treat Your Taste Buds to a Yogurt and Fruit Parfait

Make these delicious treats in advance and keep them in the fridge, or layer them right on the spot. Use whatever flavor of yogurt you prefer, as long as it’s low in fat, sugar and preservatives. Also substitute whatever fruit you desire or have lying around. You can chop up apples and sprinkle them with cinnamon – a great topping for yogurt and granola. Get started with this yogurt and fruit parfait full recipe.

Try These Fantastic Finger Sandwiches

Who doesn’t love a dainty finger sandwich? So simple to make, easy to keep, and a hit with your friends, there a hundred different variations you can create. Enjoy experimenting with your favorite vegetables, cheeses and spreads. The best thing is that they’re healthy, but small. Keep a tray in your fridge and just eat what you need in the moment. Check out these tasty finger sandwiches.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth the Healthy Way… With Smoothies

The great thing about smoothies is their combination of nourishment and versatility. If you’ve got a blender, you know how easy it is to whip up a few pieces of fruit into a puree. Now, add some juice or yogurt, a bit of vanilla extract, mint, or even green tea.

Get creative and make your own concoctions! Just be sure not to add too many fattening ingredients like ice cream. You can take these with you in a portable drinking bottle or just a glass jar. Or, you can enjoy them at home in place of a snack. They’re filling and nutritious. Try these delicious smoothie recipes.

Bake Your Own Mini Pizzas

You only need a few ingredients on hand for these simple, easy-to-make mini pizzas. With some ready-made pizza sauce, English muffins and cheese, you’ve got your basics. Then, add healthy toppings such as zucchini, peppers, broccoli and other veggies.

Make several ahead of time and save them in the freezer for when you get a little hungry. You can pull one out and put it in the toaster oven for the perfect you-sized snack! Check out these cute English muffin pizzas.

Try These Guilt-Free Muffins

Heart-healthy muffins are the way to go for a quick, light snack that sticks to your ribs. Filled with good stuff like lentils, fruit and vegetables, nutritious muffins offer a nice mixture of protein, vitamins and carbohydrates. Go easy on your body by avoiding any muffin recipes that boast a large amount of oil or sugar. Get started with these pear and lentil muffins.

What fills you up when you’re craving a snack? What are your favorite healthy snack ideas? Please share your comments below.

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