5 Grab N’ Go Snack Ideas for Kids and Adults Alike

Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Bars, Herb & Parmie Baked Tortilla Chips, Chocolate-Zucchini Cakes, Dried Pineapple and Smoked Paprika Roasted Chick Peas.

I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately, and as a result, everyone in the family is eating more fruits and veggies. I’ve been sending carrots, cucumbers and grapes to school with my grade one ponytail — and that worked well for a couple of days. Then I started to notice that the veggies and grapes were still in her lunchbox at the end of each day. When I asked her about it, she said that she was too busy at the monkey bars and didn’t have time for her snack. Although, she did have time for the goldfish that I sent for her morning snack.

I recently mentioned this interesting observation to my mom friend Carolyn  and she said that any time she sends carrots or cucumbers for snacks, they end up back home at the end of the day as well. Hmmm, what’s a mom to do?

Thanks to some terrific fellow bloggers and informative websites, I can offer five fairly easy snack ideas that are quite family friendly. Some of them manage to sneak in some dried fruits and veggies in a very tasty way.

1. Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Bars — This recipe from Yummy Chunklet is fantastic! (I’ve just started following this blog and I’m really enjoying it.) These bars are quick to make and I just loved the texture that the quinoa adds. I swapped chopped dried cherries for the hazelnuts, so that they are safe to send to school and I used 3 eggs, as suggested in the recipe. I also added a handful of butterscotch chips on the top of the bars before baking. (The Kitchen Sink Granola Bars that I posted a while back are another breakfast bar option as well.)

2. Herb & Parmie Baked Tortilla Chips — These are easy peasy to make. Spray 4 to 6 medium tortilla’s with cooking spray. Cover with finely grated parmesan cheese, a dash of both garlic salt and onion powder, and a pinch of dried parsley. Cut each tortilla into six wedges. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake for 5 minutes;  turn over the tortillas and bake for 2 to 3 more minutes. Careful, they burn easily. You could also try other seasonings, such as chili powder, lime juice and dried cilantro. Since these don’t really require a recipe, you can make as few or as many as you like — although they do seem to disappear quickly!

3. Chocolate-Zucchini Cakes — I followed a Martha Stewart Everyday Food recipe, but omitted the walnuts to make them nut-free.

4. Smoked Paprika Roasted Chick Peas — I slightly modified a recipe for Garlic and Cumin Roasted Chick Peas by Charles over at Five Euro Food. (If you haven’t read his blog, I highly recommend it. Charles was one of the first people that I met when I started blogging and his upbeat personality really shines through in his blog.)  The girls really loved the Smoked Paprika Almonds that I made recently, so I figured this would help them to give the chick peas a try. It worked! Modifications: I used 2 tbsp oil instead of 3,  2 tsp smoked paprika, a pinch of pepper and one clove of garlic. Everything else was according to the recipe.

5. Oven Dried Pineapple  – I followed the directions for oven drying fruit on eHow. I baked the pineapple pieces for about 5 hours at 170°, as that was the lowest setting on my oven. I left them on the pan in the oven overnight (turned off) and then stored them in a plastic container. I skipped the process of leaving them for 10 to 14 days in a pot, as I found other sites that didn’t include this process. (I also noted that others who tried this techinique baked their fruit for 6 to 8 hours.) The dried pineapple had an intense, delicious flavour. We ate them in a couple of days, so I’m not sure how long they would keep this way. I’d like to try using them in my next batch of granola bars. I plan to try this process on some cherries this summer as well.

You can never have too many good snack ideas, so I welcome any other suggestions you may have. I’d also love to hear about your experience with oven drying fruit, as this was new to me.


31 Comments on “5 Grab N’ Go Snack Ideas for Kids and Adults Alike”

  1. Karista says:

    Love this post! Perfect for my foodie fans on Facebook. I’ll post a link to my page 🙂 And I love that these are kid and adult friendly. Both my kids, and my husband, will love these. I’m loving the Quinoa breakfast bars.

    • Thanks so much Karista — you made my day! The Quinoa breakfast bars were very tasty and so different than regular granola bars. I highly recommend them. You know I really wanted to try making mini versions of your Confetti Muffins, but alas, I ran out of steam so I pulled the chocolate-zucchini cakes from my freezer. I do plan to try your recipe soon, as you have cleverly added in some veggies in a kid-friendly way. Thanks again — I really appreciate it!

  2. This is amazing! Snacking on these is just a healthy option in comparison to chocolate 😉

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Tandy says:

    I have to try the chickpeas as I love snacking 🙂

  4. Eva Taylor says:

    What really great snack ideas Barb. I saw Charles’ chick peas as well and bookmarked it for this coming up weekend. I like the oven dried pineapple too; you might be interested in this idea for decorating cupcakes or even cakes: http://annies-eats.com/2011/02/28/how-to-make-dried-pineapple-flowers/

    • I highly recommend Charles’ chick peas — they are great for a change! I did see a version of pineapple flowers by Martha Stewart when I was looking for the oven-dried fruit technique. I’ll be sure to check out your link!

  5. For sure going to try the Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Bars as that is always a struggle too, as to how to eat well in the morning when everything is time-sensitive~!

    • Mornings really are crazy aren’t they? The breakfast bars would be great for those mornings when you need to eat in the car because you are running late! (Thanks for your comment — they always make me happy!)

  6. Beth says:

    Everything looks so great, and I’m especially intrigued by the quinoa bars. Believe it or not, I have a 14-year old who still brings home some of her fruits and veggies!

  7. Norma Chang says:

    Your kid comment about too busy and didn’t have time to eat the veggies and grapes brings back fond memory of my kids when they were growing up. They were always full if a meal on the table is not to their liking.
    Those are great snack ideas.

  8. Parents today have to be so creative in order to get their kids to eat right. Especially if they are in school because there are so many other outside food influences! These do look like some great links to food that would draw more interest of the kids and adults. Thanks for sharing this!

  9. You’re such a good mom, adapting lunches and including such gourmet snacks as these! I’m going to have to try those granola bars you’ve mentioned!!

  10. Charles says:

    Aw. blush – thanks Barb… such a nice little comment about me 🙂 Thanks for the shout-out and for introducing me to these other little beauties too. I love the look of the pineapple… I can imagine it being dense and chewy and delicious!

    • Looks like you’re a bit of an internet sensation Charles. I just read Betsy’s post and she’s profiling and praising these little chick pea gems as well! Thanks again. The pineapple was good — very different from anything I’ve tried before. I’d like to try this technique with some other fruits.

  11. Oooooh, Barb! Smoked paprika roasted chickpeas…I’ll try that next for sure! What a great post and what wonderful and healthy snack ideas…for little and BIG kids, too! I may have to try Yummy’s granola bars…we’re on a healthy kick and granola is definitely a part of it. I’ve never made bars, though, and need to correct that. How funny we both posted Charles’ recipe today!

  12. Sissi says:

    Barb, thank you for so many fantastic healthy snack ideas! I’m one of those who loves snacking and I try to make sure I always have a relatively healthy choice in the kitchen. I must test some of these. Dried pineapple and tortilla chips look particularly tempting.

    • I really believe that snacking is good for you Sissi. You know I can’t believe how easy and fast the tortilla chips are and I’d say that are the frontrunner with the girls out of all of these snacks. The pineapple was one of my favourites.

  13. Sissi says:

    Ok, so you see, you have made me so hungry, I have eaten the last “b” from your name 😉 Sorry for this typo (I think it’s not the first time! Your dishes always make me so hungry!)

  14. Kristy says:

    Would you believe I made the roasted chickpeas with smoked paprika this week as well. The kids loved them! They didn’t even last a day. 🙂 I also like the idea of parm baked chips. Yum! I’m guessing those wouldn’t make it home from school. 🙂

    • That is too funny that you made them with smoked paprika! Charles made quite an impression on all of us with those chick peas. I highly recommend the parm baked chips, as they were the #1 snack with the girls out of this line up. Good guess too — they didn’t come back again.

  15. Wow, thanks for the shoutout! You have some great ideas here. I can’t wait to try the dried pineapple.

  16. shailyn says:

    Barb, maybe this is a dumb question, but here it comes: for the breakfast bars, did you cook the quinoa first? or did it go into the mix dry and uncooked? Looking forward to trying it!
    thanks for all the ideas.

    • It’s not a dumb question Shailyn…I wondered at first too but realized that you don’t cook it first — you just toast it in the oven for a few minutes as per the recipe. I realized that it is the same thing with the oatmeal..you don’t cook it either. The end result is a nice crunchy texture to the bars from the Quinoa. Hope you try them!

  17. Karen says:

    Nice snacks that would definitely be welcomed by anyone. I just baked tortilla chips the other day and was surprised how nice and crispy they were. I’ll try the different seasoning suggestions.

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