I was recently diagnosed as prediabetic and have been desperately trying to lower my carb intake. I say “desperately” because I love carbs. Bread, pasta, crackers, pretzels, potatoes in any form… Oh the magical, magical carb. Trying to reduce my carb grams from what was probably over 200 a day to less than 100 a day has proven tough. I needed some healthy, easy snacks that were low carb AND kid-friendly. I don’t want to start making snacks that only I will eat- it’s not frugal or efficient, and therefore NOT Faking Fancy.
Below are 10 of my favorite healthy, easy snacks (kid tested!)
Paleo Corndog Muffins: These are delicious and easy to make! There is a big dispute in our house about how only weirdos use ketchup on their hot dogs and corn dogs. Actually, it’s just me that insists on using only mustard. Everyone else in our house is
in a taste-bud coma a weirdo. Do you eat your dogs with ketchup or mustard (or both)? Comment below!
Cinnamon Apple Chips with Peanut Butter Yogurt Sauce: I got a mandolin for Christmas and it changed my world in the kitchen. I’ve been slicing everything I can get my hands on. Sweet potatoes, zucchini…you name it. These apple chips are like candy, but much better for you – especially with the protein from the peanut butter sauce.
Low Carb Mozzarella Sticks: When I found this recipe I heard angels singing. They were singing, “healthyyyyy snack, healthy snack, made of cheese, cheese, cheese..” It was weird, but not unusual for me. Because I love cheese. (And I might have been holding a dirty martini while perusing Pinterest…don’t judge.)
Baked “Fried” Cauliflower Tater Tots: No wonder Napoleon didn’t share his tots, they are freaking delicious. These baked cauliflower tots take the “sin” out of this sinfully delicious snack. Chopping cauliflower is messy, but I heard Trader Joe’s had pre-chopped cauliflower so I need to check that out!
Flourless Peanut Butter Bread: I love to have warm cookies or bread on cold winter afternoons. This recipe totally is comfort food at it’s healthiest. Spread a little sugar free jelly on it for a truly rich and satisfying PB&J fix!
Crispy Jalapeno Cheese Crackers: I LOVE crackers, with Crunch Master Gluten Free crackers being my favorite. These jalapeno cheese crackers combine my love for spicy & crunchy into a super yummy treat! They only take two ingredients and are extremely quick to make.
Crispy Baked Avocado Slices with Chipotle Dipping Sauce: To be honest, this is only approved by 2 of my 3 kids, one of them can’t stand avocados. But that same kid read a street sign the other day and thought “Dr.” meant doctor, so his opinion on
anything snacks doesn’t count. If you like avocados this snack might be your favorite, the crispiness mixed with the creaminess makes them soo decadent!
Low Carb Pudding Mousse: The recipe linked here uses whipping cream and Jello pudding, but I like to use Sugar Free Cool Whip and pudding mix. It’s lower carb but not as fattening. The options are endless...chocolate mousse and lemon mousse are the two I make
myself the kids the most.
Cream Cheese Clouds: These are like little frozen cheesecake bites. Like the mousse recipe above, you can make a huge variety of flavors of these with just a few simple additions. I like to add some cocoa powder and peppermint extract for a cool and fluffy Mint Chocolate chip treat!
Crispy Cinnamon Twists: This recipe uses almond flour and coconut flour to make a light & flaky, low carb treat. They are a little more labor intensive than the other recipes, but they can still be hot and ready in less than thirty minutes. They taste like a Toaster Strudel and cinnamon sugar tortilla chips had a baby. A very, very delicious baby.
I hope you and your kids enjoy these healthy, easy snacks as much as my family does!