Summer is ideal for spending time outside and indulging in delectable treats. Finding nutritious snack alternatives that are also enticing may be tricky for fussy eaters. The good thing is that even picky eaters will enjoy a range of healthy and delectable summer snacks you can make with imagination and planning.
First and foremost, it’s crucial to put nutrition first when selecting and making nutritious snacks. Choose nutritious snacks like those high in fibre and protein, as well as healthy fats, instead of processed snacks loaded with sugar and bad fats such as palm oil. Additionally, remember how crucial it is to stay hydrated throughout the summer and include foods high in water content, like fruits and vegetables.
Recipe 1: Grilled Lemon-Herb Chicken
- 4 skinless, boneless breasts of chicken
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
- 1 tablespoon of dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dry oregano
- 1 teaspoon of powdered garlic
- To taste, add salt and pepper.
- Turn the grill’s heat up to medium-high.
- Combine the sunflower oil, lemon juice, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
- On both sides, brush the chicken breasts with the oil and herb mixture.
- Cook the chicken on the grill for 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until it reaches a temperature of 165 degrees.
- Serve warm alongside your preferred side dishes.
Recipe 2: Quinoa and vegetable stir-fry
- 1 cup of rinsed and drained quinoa
- 2-cups of water
- 2 teaspoons rice bran oil
- One onion, cut; two cloves of minced garlic; one red bell pepper; one yellow bell pepper; one zucchini; and one cup of snow peas.
- To taste: Soy sauce, salt, and pepper
- Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
- Once the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is soft, turn the heat down to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Rice bran oil should be heated over medium-high heat in a large pan or wok.
- Stir-fry the onion and garlic for one to two minutes, until aromatic.
- When the veggies are tender-crisp, add the bell peppers, zucchini, and snow peas and stir-fry for an additional 4-5 minutes.
- To taste, add salt and pepper, then sprinkle soy sauce over the dish.
- Serve the stir-fry on top of the quinoa that has been cooked.
To keep things exciting and enjoyable, use a diversity of tastes, textures, and presentation strategies. You can be assured that your family stays healthy as well as content over the summer by selecting wholesome meals and avoiding processed snacks.