Savor the Snackage

Crunchy, grab’n’go, salty or a little bit sweet: everyone loves a tasty snack to give them a little energy boost, whether you’re getting ready to enjoy a day trip to a national park or bustling from one after-school activity to the next. These recipes and tips will help you make space to savor a tasty moment that will nourish you for the next challenge in line.

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Cherry Banana Smoothie

3 Guiding Stars

Whip up this intensely fruity concoction quick as a wink and serve it up fresh! For a little dessert, serve small portions as “smoothie shooters” with fun topping options like chopped nuts, fresh fruit…or even a few dark chocolate chips. (3 Guiding Stars)

Black Bean and Bell Pepper Salsa

2 Guiding Stars

Whole grain tortilla chips and salsa are a handy go-to fun snack. If you make the salsa from fresh veg, control the salt and add some black beans for fiber and protein, you’ve got an energy powerhouse that can serve as a pinch-hitter when you need a quick light meal. (2 Guiding Stars)

Baked Tortilla Chips

2 Guiding Stars

Ready-made tortilla chips can be a decent choice if you read the labels, but if you’ve got a little extra time, you can double the flavor and freshness you’re serving up with your black bean salsa. (2 Guiding Stars)

Blueberry Sorbet

2 Guiding Stars

If you need a palette cleanser between courses of a fancy meal, this pure fruit concoction is a good option. Need popsicles for the kids on a hot day? Pack the mix into molds and freeze in advance for a refreshing snack that adds a little more nutrition to their day. (2 Guiding Stars)

Microwave Potato Chips

2 Guiding Stars

Forget the limited flavor options in the grocery store: when you make chips at home, your imagination is the limit. Try some of the spices Kit Broihier recommends for popcorn or come up with your own tasty, low-salt blend for these awesomely fresh chips. (2 Guiding Stars)

Quinoa Granola

2 Guiding Stars

Come meet the crunchy side of quinoa! Lightly sweetened and paired with other popular vectors of powerful nutrients, you’ll have a hard time keeping this snack to yourself at the office. (2 Guiding Stars)

Fruity Peanut Butter Dip

2 Guiding Stars

Chopped fruit blended with peanut butter (or nut-free butter) as a dip for veggies may sound a little weird, but we promise: it’s good. If you like ants on a log, you’ll love this easier approach to the classic snack. (2 Guiding Stars)

Kid Crunch Trail Mix

1 Guiding Star

Think of this as a template more than a recipe. Use the portions to help you balance your favorite star-earning cereal with low-salt nuts or seeds, juice-sweetened or unsweetened dried fruit and just a little hint of something decadent for a snack that tastes like home. (1 Guiding Star)