Most teenagers come in from school or sports starving! These 10 Healthy Snacks for Teens they can Quickly Prepare, offer a great alternative to snacking on sugary, high fat treats and will equip them with some cooking skills for later in life. The secret is to have all the ingredients to hand.
#1. Thai Beef Salad
- 1 x 8oz Striploin Steak between 2
- Cumcumber – half sliced finely into matchsticks
- Tomatoes – 2 quartered
- Lemon Grass – 1 stalk finely chopped
- Spring Onions – 3 or 4 sliced
- Limes – 2 juiced
- Fish Sauce – 1 to 2 tablespoons
- Red Chillies – 1 or 2 sliced with seeds in for heat and out for mild
- Baby Spinach
- Pan fry your steak until medium rare. Allow to rest for 10 mins and slice into strips.
- Add your chopped ingredients to a bowl.
- Squeeze in the lime juice and fish sauce and add your meat and the juices from it.
- Add your baby spinach leaves.
- Serve at room temperature.
#2. Tortilla Pizza
- Wholewheat Flour Tortillas
- Sundried Tomato Paste
- Toppings: Ham, Mushrooms, Spring Onions, Olives, Jalapeno Peppers Sliced, Regular Peppers or any other topping your teen enjoys
- Grated Cheddar Cheese and/or Mozzarella or Feta
- Lay your tortilla on a baking sheet.
- Spread a thin layer of sundried tomato paste on top.
- Add your favourite toppings.
- Sprinkle with grated cheddar and / or torn Mozzerella or cubes of Feta cheese.
- Place in a hot oven 180C and bake until the cheese is melted.
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#4. Cheesy Beans on Toast
- Cheddar Cheese
- 1 Small Tin Sugar-free Baked Beans
- 2 Slices of Wholegrain Bread
- Toast the bread.
- Heat the beans.
- Add slices of cheese to the bread.
- Pour over the hot baked beans and serve!
#5. Tuna Melt
Shopping List – Makes 4 Sandwiches:
- Tin of Tuna in brine
- 3 Spring Onions finely chopped
- 2 large tomatoes chopped
- Grated Cheese
- 1 heaped tablespoon Natural Yoghurt
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 4 slices wholegrain bread toasted
- Mix the tuna, spring onion, tomato and yoghurt in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
- Add to toasted bread and sprinkle with grated cheese.
- Cook under the grill at 150C until the cheese bubbles and melts and serve.
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Next time you buy bananas, slice up a couple into quarter inch rounds and freeze them. Add them to natural yoghurt along with your favourite fruit, fresh or frozen and blend them to create a creamy, healthy smoothie. Could also try our Peach and Blueberry Smoothie Recipe.
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#7. Peanut Butter
- Peanut Butter
- Chopped Walnuts or Almonds
- Slice an apple and spread with peanut butter for a high protein snack.
- Alternatively spread some peanut butter on celery and add some chopped walnuts or almonds.
#8. Sesame Crisps
- Rooster / Russet / Sweet Potatoes
- Sesame Seeds
- Heat the oven to 250C.
- Slice the potatoes thinly on a mandolin or grater.
- Toss in oil, sesame seeds and salt.
- Spread in a single layer on a baking tray (or 2 if you are doing lots).
- Cook for 15 to 20 minutes until they have crisped up.
- You could add paprika for a spicy mix.
#9. Frozen Grapes
When all you want is sugar a handful of frozen grapes will satisfy the craving. Add an extra bunch to the trolley next time you go shopping and freeze them to have a healthy snack ready to go at any time.
#10. Fresh Vegetables and Dips
- Spring Onions
- Sugar Snap Peas
- French or Broad Beans
- Or any vegetable your teen enjoys
- Dips: Use your favourite. We have recipes for Broad Bean Hummus, Quick and Easy Hummus and Quick and Easy Pesto. Or you could try our quick White Bean dip – blend a tin of cannelloni beans, garlic clove, chopped mint, chopped chives, chopped thyme with some olive oil,
- Chop all the vegetables into sticks and use to pick up your dip.
Do you have a quick snack that your teenagers love? Please add it to the comments box below.