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It’s always fun to treat your family and friends to homemade goodies when you can, but it can be tough to come up with new ideas or find the time to make baked goods from scratch. Thankfully, there are many readymade treats that everyone loves that you can stock up on. Try these tasty and easy treats the next time you have company:
1. Apple Juice
For a tasty and healthy snack, look no further than apple juice. This drink is low in calories and sugar and comes packed with essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, calcium, and potassium. It’s also a great way to help keep hunger at bay since apples are naturally high in fiber content. Apple juice is easy to keep on hand and your kids can quickly grab one from the fridge. Consider buying in bulk from a larger store so that you don’t have to make so many trips to the grocery store. Additionally, because of its mild taste profile, apple juice goes well with nearly anything you pair it with.
Yogurt is another healthy snack to keep on hand, especially when you’re craving something cold and sweet. Some yogurt varieties contain probiotics, or good bacteria, which can help aid digestion, boost immunity and even ease anxiety. There are many different flavors, brands, and types of yogurt to try so let your kids pick out a few each time you go to the store until they find their favorite. It is a great snack to keep around and does not take up a whole lot of room in the refrigerator. Keep a few fruit-flavored yogurts in the fridge as a quick snack.
Fresh fruit is delicious, easy to eat on the go, and is loaded with nutrients. A medium orange, for example, provides more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin C needs! Opt for fresh fruit to get the most out of this snack. Fruit is one of the best and easy snacks to toss in a lunchbox or take on a day trip. For example, oranges will keep good for the day and aren’t messy until you open the outer peel. Oranges are also very healthy for your family. There are tons of different fruits that your family can try to see if they like. Let them pick out a new fruit to try with dinner every once in a while so that they can see if they enjoy it.
4. Jelly Beans
Jelly beans are easy treats to keep on hand that everyone likes. Buy some different colors and you’ll be sure to please the pickiest eaters. You can even find a banana split, french vanilla, or pina colada jelly beans if you are wanting some extra special flavors. When you choose packs that have a huge variety of flavor, everyone is more likely to find ones that they enjoy. With so many flavors, it’s hard not to like them!
Store-bought crackers or old favorites like Ritz crackers, Saltines, Wheat Thins, or Triscuits can provide an easy-to-store option for unexpected guests. Keep them in a mason jar on your countertop to put out for last-minute company. You can also add spices like garlic salt or cayenne pepper to your favorite flavors of crackers for something extra. Crackers are also wonderful croutons for salads and soups.
6. Potato Chips
Everyone loves potato chips. They are easy to make, delicious, and affordable. If you’re looking to snack healthily, be mindful of the types of chips you choose. Although it seems like one serving of potato chips is only a few chips, each bag is usually 150 calories for just a few servings. Look on packages before buying to see how many servings are in one bag so you can keep track of your intake. You can even buy a variety box that is filled with smaller bags of potato chips. This way they will be less likely to go to waste because they are all separated into smaller bags. Everyone can also have their favorite chips because you will have options with the variety box. Potato chips are a great option for many families to consider.
Popcorn is a delicious and healthy treat to keep around. It contains fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Popcorn also contains complex carbohydrates, which make it a great choice for snacking when you need something low in fat and high in fiber. Plus, popcorn can be prepared with less oil than some other types of snack foods. To add flavor to your popcorn while making it healthier, try drizzling on some light salt-free butter or olive oil with herbs and spices before popping.
8. Frozen Fruit Bars
Frozen fruit bars are another option if you’re looking for a sweet treat. Just add a banana and some peanut butter, blend it in a food processor until smooth, and freeze the mixture using a popsicle mold. These bars are delicious, healthy, and easy to make if you’re short on time. Your family will love trying different types and flavors. It also doesn’t require any cooking or cleaning up time on your part!
9. Granola Bars
Granola bars are another fan favorite when it comes to great snacks. These bars are excellent as a quick breakfast or a snack. Whether you opt for protein bars or sweeter, dessert-style bars, your family and friends are sure to love them. You can find healthy granola bars that still taste great so everyone likes them. These are also a great option if you are wanting some snacks that can be easily taken on the go.
Conclusion for Easy Treats to Try Out
If you’re willing to get creative in the kitchen, try making your own. With a few basic ingredients, you can make a batch of delicious and healthy granola bars that you can give hungry guests any time. Not everyone has time to bake everything from scratch! Keep your kitchen stocked with these easy treats to keep your kids and their friends happy and hunger-free.