Raiding the fridge is probably the first thing your teen does when they get home from school.
While snacking is an excellent way to fill up any nutrient gaps, eating the wrong foods can add unwanted calories and leave them asking for more.
Hi viewers and welcome back to Farmingocean! Teens can be finicky eaters who more often than not go for snacks that are loaded with unhealthy carbs, fats, and sugars.
Finding healthy snacks which they’ll actually like isn’t always the easiest thing to do. But it’s not as difficult as you think.
You just need a few delicious alternatives. And in today’s article, we will tell you the healthiest snacks for hungry teens.
From whole-grain pancakes, kale chips, smokie veggie nachos, banana muffins to char-grilled fruit skewers, and more, watch till the end to learn about all of them.
Healthy snacks recipes
- This healthy snack contains nuts, oats, yogurt, and berries, all of which are very good for your teen.
- Heat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. In a medium-sized bowl, combine oats, cherries, maple syrup, almonds, cinnamon, and salt.
- Stir until the ingredients are well combined. Spread the oats mixture on the baking dish and bake for 35 minutes.
- Remove and let it cool completely.
- Now place one ¼-cup granola on the bottom of the serving glass or bowl.
- with ¼-cup berries and three tablespoons of yogurt.
- Repeat the layering and serve. What’s your favorite yogurt flavor? Tell us quickly down below in the comments section!
2.Grilled Apple And Cheese Sandwich:
- This one is a nutritionally balanced, tasty, and quick snack for teens. Apply 1 teaspoon of honey-mustard on bread slices.
- Now layer ¼ cup of grated cheese, 4 apple slices, and another heaped tablespoon of cheese.
- Top with a slice of bread and sprinkle cooking spray on it.
- Heat a non-stick grilling pan or skillet over medium heat. Place the sandwich upside down. Now coat the top slice with non-stick cooking spray.
- Press the sandwich with a spatula. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown. Flip and cook for another 3 minutes.
- Repeat the same method for other sandwiches. Serve immediately.
3.Healthy Popcorn Granola:
- This crispy, surprisingPopcorn Granola is chock full of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and whole grains.
- Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large mixing bowl, combine popcorn, oats, coconut, almonds, and pumpkin seeds.
- Toss to combine. In a small microwave-safe bowl, warm butter until melted. Add maple syrup and vanilla, and whisk with a fork until combined.
- Pour the butter mixture over the popcorn and stir until the dry ingredients are well-coated.
- Spread the granola onto a baking sheet and bake for five minutes. Stir it up, then bake for five minutes more.
- Transfer granola back to the large mixing bowl and stir in raisins. Enjoy it warm or let it cool completely before storing.
4.Organic Dark Chocolate Trail Mix Energy Bites:
- Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and is good for the heart. This healthy snack will keep your teen’s appetite under control as well.
- In a microwave, melt dark chocolate chips for about 20 seconds make sure not to overheat them, or they will burn.
- On a piece of wax paper, make chocolate circles with a spoon. It should be the size of a quarter.
- Now, take a healthy trail mix and place it on top of the chocolate drops. Press them down into the chocolate lightly.
- Let the chocolate bites dry for about 40-60 minutes. You can place them in the fridge for faster results.
5.Whole Grain Pancakes:
- This is a healthy alternative to sugar-loaded, unhealthy pancakes and your teen will love it.
- Mix 2 cups whole-wheat pancake mix, 2 cups of fat-free milk, ½ cup fresh blueberries, blackberries, chopped strawberries,½ teaspoon of cinnamon, and ½ cup egg together.
- Leave the batter to sit for a few minutes. Heat a non-stick skillet and coat it with cooking spray.
- Pour a dollop of batter and swirl to make a 4-inch diameter. Cook for a few minutes on both sides.
- The pancake must have turned a bit hard by now. Top it with syrup and serve.
6.Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry:
- This is one of the healthiest snacks for teens and contains veggies and tofu.
- Pour olive and sesame oil in a wok and heat on a high flame.
- Now add carrots and broccoli and stir-fry for about 4 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
- Remove the carrots and broccoli and leave them aside. Now add bell peppers and asparagus to the wok and sauté for 3 minutes.
- Add carrots and broccoli back to the wok. Finally, add tofu, soy sauce, salt, pepper, and sautéfor 3 minutes.
- Kale is among the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the inner ribs from the kale leaves and discard them.
- Tear the leaves into a uniform size. Wash the leaves thoroughly and dry with a paper towel.
- Now put them in a Ziploc bag and add olive oil to it. Squeeze the bag so that the oil is evenly distributed.
- Make sure all the leaves in the bag are properly coated with oil. Sprinkle vinegar on the kale leaves, reseal the bag and shake the bag again.
- Now take the leaves from the bag and place them on the baking sheet.
- Roast the leaves in the oven for 35 minutes or until the leaves are crisp. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
- This is a muffin made with healthy ingredients whole grain flour, oats, carrots, walnuts, yogurt, eggs, canola oil, and dates.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lennon-stick mini muffin pans with paper liners. In a large bowl, mix the mashed banana, oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until well combined.
- Add the flour, ground flax, baking soda, and salt and stir until just combined. Spoon the batter into the pan.
- Top with a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips, dehydrated banana chips, and peanut butter.
- Bake for about 20-21 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes clean.
- Cool completely and store in an air-tight container for up to 2 days. Freeze for up to 3 months.
- You will be surprised to hear that even banana peels have a wide range of uses.
9.Nutty chicken satay strips:
- Protein is crucial for busy teens and can be particularly important for those that play sports to help repair muscles and build strength.
- This snack contains chicken and peanut butter, both of which are protein powerhouses.
- Heat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with non-stick paper.
- Mix 2 tbsp chunky peanut butter with 1 finely grated garlic clove, 1 tsp curry powder, a few shakes of soy sauce, and 2 tsp lime juice in a bowl.
- Some nut butter is thicker than others, so if necessary, add a dash of boiling water to get a coating consistency.
- Add 2 skinless chicken breast fillets, cut into strips, and mix well.
- Arrange on the baking sheet, spaced apart, and bake in the oven for 8-10 mins until cooked, but still juicy.
- Eat warm with cucumber, cut into fingers. Alternatively, leave to cool and keep in the fridge for up to 2 days.
10.Smoky Veggie Nachos:
- This Mexican-inspired dish provides folate, fiber, and vitamin C, along with plenty of flavors. Heat oven to350 Fahrenheit.
- Cut soft corn tortillas into8-10 triangles and spread over two large baking sheets. Drizzle with rapeseed oil and sprinkle over some paprika.
- Bake for 7-8 mins until crisp and leave to cool. Now heat the grill to high. Grill peppers,skin-side up, for 7-10 mins until charred and soft. Leave to cool.
- Peel off and discard the skins, slice into strips and toss with the beans and parsley.
- To make salsa, combine onions, tomatoes, avocados, coriander, and garlic. Pile the nachos on alarge plate.
- Top with bean mix, salsa, yogurt, and jalapeño and sprinkle over some paprika to serve.
11.Tuna Protein Pot:
- This protein-packed snack of tuna, green beans, and hard-boiled eggs delivers 30g of protein per serving.
- It is perfect for your teen to tuck into after playing sports or participating in intense exercise.
- Save time on busy days by making it ahead– you can store it in the fridge for up to two days.
- Boil a large egg for 8-10 mins depending on you want a soft or hard yolk. At the same time, steam green beans for 6 mins until tender.
- Cool the egg and beans under running water, then carefully shell and quarter the egg. Leave to cool.
- Tip the beans into a large packed lunch pot. Top with tomato, tuna, and quartered egg and a spoon of French dressing.
- Seal until ready to eat. Char-Grilled Fruit Skewers: Preheat barbecue plate on medium heat. Peel, slice, and cut mango into big cubes. Now thread pineapple, strawberries, banana, and mango alternately on the skewers.
- Barbecue the skewers for 3to 4 minutes, turning every 30 seconds.
- Place the skewer on the plate and drizzle passionfruit pulp on it. Serve with yogurt.