Healthy snack recipes are becoming a rage.That is why we’ve got some delicious, super-easy, and healthy snacks that are perfect for seniors. Snacking has become increasingly popular, especially low-salt, low-sugar foods. Nibbling can provide excellent nutrition If done right.
Healthy snacks are perfect for an actual meal or something light in the middle of the day. And of particular interest to those with nutrition problems or folks who like to nibble, pick at their food, or only eat small portions.
Our Healthy Snack Recipes
Shrimp Skewer or Salad
Seafood is one of the healthy snack recipes. You can buy several big-sized, ready-to-eat shrimp (or cook your own). On a skewer, begin with large folded romaine lettuce, add a chunk of red bell pepper, a baby tomato, another piece of shrimp, a broccoli piece, a chunk of red onion.
If desired, a chunk of red cabbage, another shrimp, another baby tomato, and ending with the second piece of folded romaine lettuce. Of course, you can use any of your favorite veggies. These skewers can also be dipped in your favorite dressing. It would be best to keep a bag of shrimps available in your freezer because they are so easy to add to many healthy snack recipes and meals.
Not only delicious, but chocolate strawberries also make an enjoyable activity. And we have loads of ways to decorate them, use them for parties, or gifts. The higher the cacao content with less sugar, the healthier it is.
Roasted Pumpkin Seed Snack
Natural pumpkin seeds are very high in nutrition. You need 2 to 4 cups of raw, wild green pumpkin seeds (depending on your baking sheet’s size); Tamari Sauce is a natural type of soy sauce, less processed, so healthier. Preheat oven to 350 and spread raw pumpkin seeds onto a cookie sheet, as thinly as possible, covering the sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until very slightly browned.
After that, carefully transfer seeds into a large bowl or kettle (not plastic – the hot seeds may leech plastic into the food). Sprinkle on 4 to 6 tablespoons of tamari sauce to taste. Stir to coat and cool and eat. Pumpkin seeds make a delicious healthy snack recipe.
No-Bake Carob Yummies
No-Bake Carob Yummies is a yummy family recipe that you can make using carob chips instead of chocolate chips (but you could use them instead, too). Carob comes from the brown pod of the carob tree. In the Middle East, the carob bean is called locust (as in the ancient locust and honey reference). It’s highly nutritious in vitamins and minerals and is excellent to include in elderly nutrition snacks.
Antioxidant Trail Mix
Trail Mix is a healthy snack recipe made from raw ingredients, which maintain nutrients. It’s fun to make yourself if you can’t find it pre-made at your natural foods store. You can buy the ingredients in bulk, in the amounts you desire, mix it, and serve. It is highly nutritious: walnuts, pecans, filberts, pistachios, dried cranberries, goji berries, dried red cherries, and dried blueberries. Trail mixes are great elderly nutrition snacks – it’s essential to get or make them as sugar-free as possible.
Cooked Apple Slices
Peel and slice up as many apples as you wish. If you use organic apples, you can wash and leave the skins on. Lay in a cake pan, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Maybe add raisins, dried cherries, cranberries, or other dried fruit (natural dried fruit without sulfur dioxide is best). Other options: pecans or walnut pieces. Sugar is not needed. Sprinkle a little water over the mixture for added moistness.
Cover the pan with a microwavable cover or paper towel to help keep moisture in. Microwave 2 to 3 minutes, depending on your microwave.
Bake in an oven, covered, for about half an hour on 350. Serve warm or cold.
Place slices in a saucepan with a little water and cinnamon. Cover and cook on a Medium Low burner, then Low until tender (at least 30 min).
Apricot Pecan Snack
You only need three ingredients for this one. Dried apricots, a soft, spreadable cheese, and a pecan slice. Some folks like to use cucumber instead of apricots. We use sweet spicy-sweet pecans from Trader Joe’s because they add a lot of zest! And it is hard to eat just one!
This recipe is similar to the nachos. To make it, use a small or medium-sized whole wheat tortilla or corn tortilla. Lay it flat, and on one half, spoon on refried beans or bean dip, chopped tomatoes, salsa, spinach leaves, chicken pieces, fish, etc. You can put in any vegetable that you like, including avocado or guacamole, broccoli, green or red peppers, onion, and so forth. Use your imagination for what to put on your tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese. Fold over the other half and microwave for about one minute. Any variations of this will make great healthy snack recipes.
Always use whole grains in healthy snack recipes as much as possible. For making nachos, you can use little or no-salt, whole-grain tortilla chips. Layer it onto a plate. Spoon on and spread refried beans, a bean dip (if you like beans), or Hummus. Cover with fresh baby spinach leaves. You can also add salsa, guacamole, and pieces of chicken. Even fish, which is delicious! Sprinkle with shredded cheese—microwave for 1 to 1 ½ minute. Add sour cream on top if required, or lemon if using fish. Serve warm. These are super-simple elderly nutrition snacks.
Easy Tuna Bumsteads
You need one or two toast pieces, a small can of tuna, a handful of spinach leaves, and a slice of cheese. Make the toast lightly. You can butter it if you like (some people like mayo instead) and put it on a plate. Add some pieces of flaked tuna as thick as you’d like. Top with a few spinach leaves and a slice of cheese. Put the toast with ingredients in the microwave and cook for about 1 minute or until cheese melts (time will differ according to your microwave). You can also add other seasonings or condiments as you like.
Deluxe Grilled Cheese
Make sure to use a hearty whole-grain bread in this healthy snack recipe. Butter the two pieces of bread like usual. Or olive oil can be heated in the frypan instead. Add two slices of the cheese of your choice. Low-fat is best. Other options: You can add a slice of tomato, a few spinach leaves or romaine lettuce, a sliced ring of red pepper, and optional avocado slices—Grill the sandwich in a frying pan on both sides, as usual.
Muesli Breakfast Cereal
Muesli is a very healthy old-world cereal from Switzerland made from raw rolled oats, dried fruit, and nuts. It’s eaten uncooked, so it maintains nutritional value. The oats should ideally be organic and found in the bulk section of the natural foods area.
Mix: 3 cups of raw rolled oats; optional to add in 1 cup of rolled wheat; 1/4 cup of walnuts or pecans; 1/4 cup of sliced almonds; ½ cup raisins; ½ cup of dried cranberries; ¼ cup chopped dried apricots. Add a dash of cinnamon to taste. These are approximate amounts and can be adjusted. Any other dried fruit can be used too. Please keep it in a canister and serve it with milk (almond milk is great!) Let the milk soak in a bit to soften the oats. Top with fresh berries, bananas, or cut fruit. Very high in good fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Nut Butter Nibbles
Nut Butter Nibbles is one of our easiest healthy snack recipes. Spread your favorite nut butter like cashew or almonds on whole-grain crackers, and top with a banana slice. Or spread it on celery. You can also make an open-faced sandwich version on whole grain bread or toast.
This healthy snack recipe is an excellent replacement for soda pop. All you need is a bottle of carbonated water or natural ginger ale (health food aisle) and natural fruit juice (without added sugar). For example, you can use natural cranberry juice with a squirt of lemon. Fill a tall glass with about 1/3 carbonated water and 2/3 fruit juice. Vary proportions according to your fizz preference. Leave room for ice and maybe some fresh fruit. Great drinks for a party. You can mix different kinds of fruit juices to make a punch. Fresh fruit can be put on a skewer stick before putting into the drink.
Use seedless red grapes (red because they’re rich in antioxidants). Unless the grapes are organic, they should be carefully cleaned with a fruit and vegetable wash. Grapes are often heavily sprayed with pesticides. Pat dry, spread out on a plate, cover it with a plastic wrap, or lay them out in a large, flat plastic container with a lid. Put in the freezer for about an hour. They are great to munch on in hot weather and can be added to drinks too.
Chickpeas are used for many more things other than homemade Hummus. You can also use them to make a delicious salty snack that is adaptable based on your spice cabinet. Although cumin, chili, and oregano blend are best to use, any of your favorite herbs can do the work.
You need to preheat your oven to 350°F and pour some chickpeas onto a baking sheet in an even layer. After the range is heated, place the chickpeas in it for 8 to 10 minutes until it gets scorched. When it’s done, remove the chickpeas from the oven and toss them with oil and salt. Then place it again in the oven until it turns brown, dry, and crispy for 33 to 35 minutes.
Combine the seasoning and chickpeas on a sheet tray. Spread it into a thin layer and let it cool completely for a little bit, and then once it has been cooled, you can store it in a slightly open bag or lid jar to maintain its crispness.
Honey Garlic Cauliflower Bites
Parmesan cauliflower bites are quite crunchy and have a sweet flavor. These are good for your salt cravings if you don’t want to eat chips or other junk food. These delicious sticky bites save you from eating all those unhealthy things that you are craving.
To prepare it, you first need to preheat the oven at 400°F and line a large baking sheet with foil. Take a large bowl and combine flour and cauliflower in it, toss until it is fully coated. After that, you need to set up a dredging station. Add some panko breadcrumbs in one bowl, and in the other, add two tablespoons of water. Then dip the cauliflower in the mashed eggs and panko it until it is fully coated. Once done, transfer it to a baking sheet and season it with salt and pepper. Bake for about 20- 25 minutes until it gets golden and crispy.
In the meantime, make the sauce by mixing cornstarch and water in a small bowl until the cornstarch dissolves completely. Set it aside and combine soy sauce, honey, garlic, lime juice, and sriracha in a small saucepan on medium heat. When the mixture reaches the boiling point, reduce the heat, and add the cornstarch mixture. Bring it to the stew again and cook until the sauce gets thick for two minutes. Toss the cauliflower in the sauce until it is evenly cooked, and then place it back on the baking sheet and flame it for 2 minutes. After that, decorate it with scallions and serve it immediately.
Something to Grab
If you want something easy to stock and grab, don’t forget to check our article on Elderly Nutrition Snacks. It’s a great list of delicious healthy snack items to have around.
Note: Of course, we must be mindful of any issues with chewing or dietary restrictions. You can modify some of these to suit your needs. For example, if your senior loved one cannot eat cheese, they can sprinkle on a small amount of nutritional yeast – even on popcorn, to give it a sort of cheesy flavor.