When it comes to feeding your kids, are you looking for some healthy snack options that don’t require a ton of prep?
If you have a garden, these snacks could be waiting right outside your door!
And best of all, most of these take little to no prep to go from garden to table! (Although, I would recommend washing any dirt off first. Otherwise it might get a little crunchy…)
Here are 10 snacks you can find (or grow in the future if you didn’t plant them this year) in your own garden!
“Fire carrots”, as my husband has nicknamed them, radishes make an excellent springtime snack (especially before the hot summer weather gives them a spicier flavor). As a bonus, they’re ready only a few weeks after you plant them.
Just wash them off, cut off the tops with their prickly leaves, and add a dash salt if you wish.
2. Carrots and Hummus
Where I live in the midwestern United States, I don’t know if you can grow garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas), but you can definitely grow carrots and dip them in hummus for an extra burst of flavor.
While carrots can also stand on their own as a kid-friendly snack, they pair really well with hummus.
Bonus points if you make the hummus yourself. Bonus bonus points if you roast garlic or red bell peppers from your own garden to flavor it.
3. Peppers and Ranch
Speaking of peppers, in a raw state, they make an excellent dipper for hummus, as mentioned above. They also pair well with other dips such as ranch, French Onion, Or dill-flavored dips.
Really any kind of veggie that tastes goods raw can be paired with a homemade dip for a quick delicious snack that’s better for you than prepackaged options.
The iconic summer treat, watermelon is perfect for a day at the beach, a backyard barbecue, or just because.
If you live in a climate where you can grow your own watermelons, you’ll soon learn just how much flavor homegrown ones have compared to their store-bought counterparts.
Berries are perfect for a snack because you can just grab a handful and plop them in your mouth, unlike many other fruits that require you to take off either the outside peel or the inside core.
Berries are also an excellent way to add color to your diet with their wide range of pinks, reds, purples, and blues.
6. Celery and Peanut Butter
With the addition of raisins or chocolate chips (my personal preference), this snack becomes the childhood favorite, Ants on a Log.
“Ants” or not, this snack contains protein and sweetness from the peanut butter and crunchiness from celery, making it a good pick-me-up for a mid-afternoon snack.
7. Snap Peas
My mother-in-law loves buying these to add to salads or just to eat as a snack, but I’d never tried them until we grew some this year in our garden.
Before, all I’d ever had were regular peas from the garden or frozen. While these peas are still delicious, their shells most certainly are not. With snap peas, you can skip the shelling stage and just plop them into your mouth.
8. Cherry Tomatoes
While they’re not quite as sweet as the berries I talked about earlier, cherry tomatoes have one similar perk. You can just grab them by the handful and eat them like popcorn.
These small tomatoes also come in other varieties such as grape tomatoes and plum tomatoes. Each variety within these types has a different flavor, so try a few and see what you like!
I’ll be honest, I’ve never actually successfully grown cantaloupe in any of the gardens I’ve had over the years.
I know some people can do it because I see roadside signs advertising it for sale. Evidently I’m not one of those people…
If you are, congratulations!
I love cantaloupe and would love to be able to grow it, especially with how much my son loves it and would eat it for every meal. Since I can’t, though, I have to get it from other sources.
If you are successful at growing cantaloupe, be prepared for a sweet treat right from your garden! To me, it tastes almost like candy, it’s so sweet. If you’re craving a sweet snack, this is a perfect one right out of your garden.
There you go! Nine healthy snacks you can source right from your garden! If you don’t have a garden, check out your local farmers market for in-season produce.
What is your favorite snack from your garden?