by Madelaine
(NC)

My family has some great easy dips – with a little pizazz! (Even if your stomach or system can’t handle much “pizzaz”)! We serve these a lot during the holidays, parties, and don’t lets forget watching the big game. Or Downton Abbey ??

I do understand that sometimes seniors have more sensitive stomachs and digestion and need food that is a little bland. But these are so good I wanted to share them anyway, because you can always change them, and remove an ingredient if you need to, or substitute your favorite that is less pizazzy. If that is a word. Some of these are good for dipping veggies into, as well. So here are a few of our favorites.

Spinach Appetizers

1 package of frozen spinach chopped, thaw and drain really well
4-5 green onions, chopped fine
1 tsp lemon juice
2-4 dashes of tobasco sauce
Real mayonnaise, enough to make it all spreadable
Salt to taste

Combine everything and chill well. Serve chilled, spread on Escort crackers (or your other favorite fancy crackers).

Picante Party Dip

1 medium size jar of Pace Picante Sauce, medium hot, (or else whatever else you like).
2 Haas (or Hass) avocados, chopped (these are the kind with dark bumpy skin and the inside is lightish green).
1 medium seedless English cucumber, chopped.
½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
1 tsp fresh lime juice.

Combine all the ingredients and chill well. Serve with chilled with white and blue corn tortilla chips.

Hot Curried Crab Dip

6 oz lump crab meat, picked through for shells and cartilage
8 oz softened cream cheese
1 tsp sweet curry powder
1 Tablespoon minced shallot
1 T milk
Freshly cracked black pepper

Mix all ingredients and place in a greased shallow baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly. Serve with melba toast rounds.

One thing I know is that seniors do love parties. My mother ate these dips just fine, as did her mother. But you can change them as you need to. Enjoy!

Join in and write your own page! It’s easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Share YOUR Healthy Snacks.

by Marilee
(Wisconsin)

We tried a really good crab appetizer with all kinds of stuff on top of a crispy cracker. You can either heat them or eat them cold. (I like them heated the best). You could also microwave them, but they are crispier if you heat them in a traditional or counter top type oven. Here is what to do.

Ingredients:
Crispy crackers (I prefer low salt Triscuits – they’re whole grain and healthier)
Can of crab meat, drained well
Seafood sauce (this is optional)
Shredded cheese, your choice
Spinach or lettuce leaf (I like spinach better)
Bread crumbs (optional)
Various toppings — such as slice of mushroom, small onion slice, pimento, celery, black or green olive, piece of fresh tomato, even one or two thin almond slices. Whatever your favorite toppings are.

Place your crackers on a cookie sheet. Spread on a little seafood sauce (if you like that). Then add a piece of lettuce or a spinach leaf. Put on a little pile of crab meat with a spoon. It this point, sprinkle on some bread crumbs if you’re going to use that – it adds a little more crispness. Top that with a little shredded cheese. Lastly, add on your other toppings. I really like a slice of fresh mushroom on mine. But use whatever you have around. If you’re not going to use the seafood sauce, these taste good with a little lemon juice squirted on the top, too.

I bake mine for 10 minutes on 300F in my little counter top oven. If you use a larger oven, you might do them at 325 or 350F.

I’d say to plan on anywhere from four to eight of these per person. They’re great for a snack just for yourself, or to serve at a party. And since they’re pretty complete, besides being used as an appetizer, they can be eaten as part of a quick lunch too. They go well with white wine or a sparkling juice. (Sometimes I make my own concoction with sparkling water or gingerale, plus some fruit juice added to it).

I’ve also tried a similar version of these using leftover lobster, white fish, and even tuna. For tuna, probably a little mayo would be better instead of seafood sauce.

Join in and write your own page! It’s easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Share YOUR Healthy Snacks.

by cooking_gal
(USA)


Whatever the occasion, this combination of food will keep you satisfied and healthy.

1) Nachos with low-fat cheddar cheese, whole-grain tortilla chips, and natural salsa (all three ingredients can be found at Whole Food’s)
2) Smartfood popcorn mixed with almonds and M&Ms or chocolate chips
3) S’mores with one marshmallow and a hunk of dark chocolate (dark chocolate contains antioxidants, a necessary ingredient)
4) Mini ice-cream sandwich: take 2 leftover cookies and slab frozen yogurt between each one. Delicious!

Join in and write your own page! It’s easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Share YOUR Healthy Snacks.

Get more healthy snack recipes – shared by you!

Snacking seems to be a favorite past time for all ages. Everybody loves to snack. But on what? For seniors especially, who can be light eaters, healthy snacks are nutritionally important.
So how do you handle nibbling and snacking?

Dips, spreads, fruit, veggies, appetizers, healthy chips and crackers. Salads and soups too. Snacking is often done not just for parties and fun, but out of boredom as well. This is especially true for seniors of all ages (and baby boomers).  However, as it has been said, we are what we eat. Including our snacks.

This page is all about more healthy snack recipes, and gives further ideas directly from our readers — telling about what they make for healthy snacks. A good way to sneak in a little extra nutrition! See how you might modify these to fit your needs.

You can share your favorite snack recipes below. It’s easy — just jump in below and start typing! Showcase and share yours. Scroll down a little further and you will see the listing of snack submissions we have received. Then enjoy!

Have A Great Snack Idea or a Question?

What’s your favorite healthy snack?

If you have a new snack idea to share, this is the place! It’s easy… just start typing! Scroll further down to see what others wrote.

What Other Visitors Have Shared

Click below to see snack ideas from other visitors…

Easy Dips 
My family has some great easy dips – with a little pizazz! (Even if your stomach or system can’t handle much “pizzaz”)! We serve these a lot during the …

English Muffin Recipe 
I’ve got easy English muffin recipe ideas with a little different twist. Are you familiar with the sprouted, whole grain breads? That is what makes the …

Crispy Crab Appetizer 
We tried a really good crab appetizer with all kinds of stuff on top of a crispy cracker. You can either heat them or eat them cold. (I like them heated …

Prosciutto Recipe 
One of my favorite appetizers is this delicious prosciutto recipe, using it wrapped around fresh fruit so you get the taste of salty and sweet. If …

Crab Cakes Recipe 
A batch of our crab cakes recipe can make a good, substantial snack that you can make up in advance and then freeze. Or also use them as a regular meal. …

Bruschetta Recipe 
If you’ve never made a bruschetta recipe (or even if you have) this one is especially very tasty. It includes chopped tomatos served on top of crusty, …

English Muffin Recipes 
English muffins recipes make an easy (and creative) way to do breakfast or snacks, so here are several unusual favorites. And you can add your favorite …

Iced Tea Recipes 
Here is a really nice alternative to iced tea recipes — Iced Pineapple Green Tea. I also use mint tea, with this surprise splash of pineapple. Makes …

The Sleepover Mix 
Whatever the occasion, this combination of food will keep you satisfied and healthy. 1) Nachos with low-fat cheddar cheese, whole-grain tortilla …

Pita Pizza 
A surprise pita pizza recipe, this one is made with BBQ sauce instead of regular pizza or tomato sauce! You can do all kinds of things with it, and it …

Red Pepper Recipe 
My super easy red pepper recipe makes a really healthy snack. These are full of flavor, simple to make, and can be served warm or cold. You can pile them …

Rhubarb Salad 
Rhubarb is one of my favorites, so here’s a great fresh rhubarb salad for those of you who grow it or get it, and maybe would like to have something new …

Crab Royale Recipe 
You may wonder what a crab royale recipe is. Well here’s a really simple and elegant crab recipe nice enough for any occasion. And in which you can use …

Toasty Egg Snacks 
Toasty egg snacks are a really healthy snack recipe to use with sliced hard boiled eggs and a toasted English muffin, or just toast. I always keep a few …

Apple Slice Snacks 
I love making apple slice snacks and dressing them up for a healthy in-betweener. Even a quick dessert. They’re delicious and very easy to make with lots …

Homemade Cheesy Snacks 
These delicious, cheesy biscuit-like snacks are made with cheddar and seasonings…with a little sherry added in for special flavor! Serve for snacks, …

Mini Snack Cracker Pizzas 
These mini cracker pizzas are really easy, and are yummy nutritious snacks to have around. We like to serve them at games or get-togethers too. My …

Crab and Cheese Fondue Dip 
Crab is one on my family’s favorite sea foods. This fondue, or warm dip (you don’t need a fondue pot or those forks — you can make it in a crock pot, …

Easy Salad Recipes 
Here’s a really healthy snack. I made this up after trying something similar in a restaurant. I love curry, but this can be done very mild. Chopped …

Fried Tomatoes 
This savory recipe for fried tomatoes has been in our friend group for a long time, and everybody loves it. I know there are many ways to do fried tomatoes, …

Liver Pate Recipe 
Ok, so I know you may think you have to be a liver lover to like this liver pate recipe. But really — this is really good! I do have to say, that lots …

Beer Nacho Sauce 
Does anyone need a wonderful healthy snack recipe for a homemade nacho sauce? It’s great for snacking on, especially when you watch the ball games, which …

Easy Quiche 
I just had to share this easy quiche recipe myself. It’s a super easy spinach and cheese quiche, a favorite of my family for years. We also call it “spinach …

Chunky Chicken Chili 
This chicken chili makes a nice healthy snack and has lots of protein in it, so it’s a substantial one too. It’s even filling enough for a real meal. It’s …

Click here to write your own.

Easy Dip Recipes 
I have a really good crab dip to share for a healthy snack. And it’s easy to make too. We use it to snack on, plus for parties and get-togethers. The crab …

Click here to write your own.

Many thanks to all those who have shared their great snack recipes with us all. We really appreciate it! And our readers give great feedback about how they are enjoying your ideas.

Be sure to also see:

Healthy Snack Recipes — This is our original page featuring lots more healthy recipes that can be eaten just about any time.
Share Your Healthy Desserts — Be sure to see our share forum featuring just desserts – recipes also submitted by our readers. And of course you can modify them to make them as healthy as you’d like!
Easy Healthy Recipes — Don’t miss our recipe central page, which is categorized to direct you to a variety of very yummy pages on our web site!

Home Page

by Frank
(Iowa)

Rhubarb is one of my favorites, so here’s a great fresh rhubarb salad for those of you who grow it or get it, and maybe would like to have something new to do with it. But in the off season, you can also get the frozen rhubarb – it also turns out very well. This recipe is a little tangy and a little sweet, and makes a great addition to a picnic or pot luck too.

3 cups of chopped rhubarb
2 cups of water
1 2/3 cups of a sweetener or sugar
1 package (6 oz.) of strawberry gelatin (sugarless or low cal will work)
1 can of crushed pineapple, drained well
1/2 cup of canned, or pre cooked whole cranberries (optional)
… or try adding in …
1/2 cup chopped apples
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In a sauce pan over medium heat: cook the rhubarb in the water for about 5 minutes, or until it is tender. Remove it from heat.

Stir in the sweetener and the gelatin, dissolving them both very well. Add and stir in the drained pineapple pieces. Add in the nuts.

If you happen to have the cranberries around, these are also really good to add in. Also add in the apples, if your are using them. I tried using both the extra cranberries and apples once. It was very good, but I needed more of the sauce because these additional ingredients added more volume to the recipe. So it would probably be a good idea to increase the amount of water, sugar, and gelatin a little, in that case. You will probably have to “guestimate” a little bit when adjusting for that.

Pour the whole mixture into an oiled mold. Chill, and then it is ready to serve. You can also add a little bit of whipping cream on top when serving. It’s almost good enough to use as a dessert! So why not even try putting it on top of some ice cream and use it like a sauce. It would probably be really good with some extra nuts on top. I just thought of the ice cream idea, so I think I’ll go try it out right now!

Join in and write your own page! It’s easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Share YOUR Healthy Snacks.

by Anna
(CA)

One of my favorite appetizers is this delicious prosciutto recipe, using it wrapped around fresh fruit so you get the taste of salty and sweet.

If you are not familiar with what prosciutto is, it is an already cooked, thinly slice lunch meat similar to ham. My husband is of Italian background, and it is a popular Italian food. It does contain a bit of salt and some fat content, so this recipe would not be one for people who are watching salt intake in their diets. But having a treat like this now and then is not going to greatly impact your whole health or diet. And because it is sliced very thinly, you are not getting a lot.

Some of the best things to wrap prosciutto around are chunks of melon, or dates, or fresh figs.

Here is what you need…
Very thin slices of prosciutto.
Chunks of melon, or dates and figs – or all of it!
Toothpicks. Used colored ones for parties.

Make sure the prosciutto is very thinly sliced, or the taste will be too overpowering vs. the melon, or other fruit. It will come sliced in the package at the store, so be sure it is the thin kind.
Cut the slices into narrow strips, about 2 to 3 inches long.
Wrap a strip around the chunk of melon of other fruit, and secure it all with a toothpick.
That’s it! Easy but delicious!

If you’re going to use dates, this version is really good…
Cut the date in half.
Stuff it with goat cheese.
You can also add a bit of chopped chives.
Then put the date halves back together.
Wrap with the prosciutto strip, and secure it with a toothpick.

This makes a fabulous appetizer or snack, and the combination of the tastes is really outstanding. When I serve these at parties, they really get snatched up fast. So if you’re serving them for a group, make sure you have a nice large plate full. You are sure to get plenty of compliments.

Join in and write your own page! It’s easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Share YOUR Healthy Snacks.

by Bobbi
(Illinois)

This savory recipe for fried tomatoes has been in our friend group for a long time, and everybody loves it. I know there are many ways to do fried tomatoes, and this is just one of them. It seems they are popular in the southern part of the U.S., and it may be done differently there! I know there is a tradition for making fried green tomatoes, if you can get them. But here is our way that we’ve done it for years. I know that tomatoes have a lot of nutrients and even antioxidants, so this would be healthy for you, including for elderly who like to snack.

You can make these for a snack or serve them with breakfast, brunch, lunch, or whatever!

I’m so used to just making this without actually measuring everything out, that I’m just providing estimates here for some of the ingredients. A lot will depend on how many tomatoes you are using, and your preferences.

Cut several tomatoes into about 3/4 inch slices.
2 to 3 eggs, beaten
About 1 cup flour (for coating)
About 1 cup or so of bread crumbs
(The above depends on how many tomatoes you are using, so some of this is ball-park amounts).
1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp basil
You can vary the amounts of the seasonings, and you can add in anything else you like, too.
Bacon drippings, for frying if available (you can also use bacon bits in this recipe).
Several Tablespoons of olive oil for frying

Mix together the bread crumbs and seasonings in a flat pan. Put the flour in a separate pan, and the egg in a separate pan. Pie pans are good – this is for the coating process. Coat the tomatoes first in flour, then egg, then the bread crumb mixture. Heat the oil and bacon drippings together. When hot, place the coated tomatoes in the hot oil and fry till crisp on one side. Then turn. Turn just once.

Sometimes elderly, I know, are not able to eat a lot of salt. So the salt amount can be adjusted. This is a really delicious way of making fried tomatoes. It gives a good variation to snacking, and trying something new.

Join in and write your own page! It’s easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Share YOUR Healthy Snacks.

by Jeanine
(Tennessee)

I love making apple slice snacks and dressing them up for a healthy in-betweener. Even a quick dessert. They’re delicious and very easy to make with lots of variety. And my elderly mom loves to help and of course eat them too.

Basically, you first slice an apple into sections, either thick or thin depending on what you like. You don’t even have to peel it if you use organic, as the peels do have nutrients. But you do have to clean them well, of course. Sometimes I dip them in lemon juice to keep them from browning, depending on what I am going to put on them. Because there is a slight lemon taste that would not go with some of the other flavors! Then the fun part – how to fix them up.

Here are some of my ideas of things to put on apple slices.

* Apples slices and nut butter (my favorite is cashew butter – a fantastic taste if you’ve never tried it). You can also put a raisin on top.
* Apples and a slice of banana on top – with a walnut or pecan on top of that.
* Apples and squirt chocolate sauce! I actually use some sugar-free kind. Then I put a nut or sugar-free candy (like a chocolate) on top of it.
* Apples and (sugar-free) whipped cream, with a candy on top.
* Apples and whipped cream, with a half a strawberry on top.
* Apples first dipped in lemon juice to keep them from browning, and then sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg – no sugar.
* Apples and cheddar cheese slice. Or blue cheese if you like it.
* Apples and a piece of salami!
* Apples and yogurt. Sometimes plain, sometimes with fruit. I try to get the natural kind with natural fruit flavor. Although sometimes I confess I sprinkle on some colored sprinkles. Craisins are also good.
* Apples with a little cottage cheese on top, and then a fresh berry or one of the above items on top of that.

Hope you enjoy these! You can, after all, get many slices and possibilities from one apple. They go a long way!

Join in and write your own page! It’s easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Share YOUR Healthy Snacks.

by Mara
(Pennsylvania)

English muffins recipes make an easy (and creative) way to do breakfast or snacks, so here are several unusual favorites. And you can add your favorite stuff to them too.

When I make these I slice the English muffin, put it all together and then stick them in my counter-top toaster oven. I bake them at about 250F degrees for about 10 minutes. If you don’t have one of those, then just toast the English muffin as usual. Warm up the other ingredients in the microwave separately and then assemble. Or else after it’s toasted, put the other ingredients onto the English muffin and then microwave just for a few seconds, long enough to warm up everything else.

Ham and Pineapple

Either make this all together and heat in the toaster oven, or warm ingredients separately and then put together, as follows:
While you’re toasting the English muffin, heat up one or two slices of ham (or turkey is good) and a slice of pineapple in the microwave. If you want cheese, put one slice on top of the piece of meat so it melts a little. Microwave just long enough to warm them; maybe 20 to 30 seconds, depending on yours. Then lightly butter the muffin, adding the ham and pineapple (and cheese if using) on top. This makes a really great flavored treat!

English Mexican Muffin

Prepare as explained above.
The ingredients that you put on the English muffin are:
Spread on a little salsa.
Some shredded Mexican style cheese (or whatever kind you like).
A few fresh spinach leaves on top.
I’ve also put a bit of mild jalapeno on top as well.
Again, either warm it all together in the toaster oven, or toast and warm ingredients separately.

Jam and Cream Cheese Deluxe

Prepare as explained above.
Here are the ingredients to put on the muffin for this one:
Spread with a layer of jam (I like the all-fruit kind).
Add a layer of your favorite cream cheese.
Then sprinkle with a few dark chocolate chips!
(You can melt them in the microwave for a few seconds if you want to).

Italian English Muffin

If you have some pasta sauce or tomato sauce left over (or can get a little), this is really good. Prepare as above.
Spread a layer of pasta sauce over the muffin.
Add on slices of either pepperoni or salami.
Add a layer of shredded cheese.
Top with some sliced black or green olives, if available.

Join in and write your own page! It’s easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Share YOUR Healthy Snacks.

by Dee
(U.S.)

I’ve got easy English muffin recipe ideas with a little different twist. Are you familiar with the sprouted, whole grain breads? That is what makes the real difference for these. The nutrition is fantastic and they taste fantastic too. The brand I get is “Food For Life.”

I discovered their muffins a few years ago, and the reason they’re so different is because they are made from 7 sprouted grains, which is much better for vitamins and enzymes, high-quality carbs, protein, and almost no fat. And the sodium is lower too. I found out about them from someone I know who is gluten intolerant, but can still eat their sprouted bread products with no problem.

Although ground like flour, with a consistency when you eat it like flour, what’s used is not really “flour” (although you’d never know). Apparently because the grain has been sprouted, it is then “Live” food and so much more nutritious. Also, they use a special baking process that better maintains the nutrients rather than cooking them out. So these are very good for anyone needing some concentrated, quality nutrition in a really easy and fast way, like many elderly do.

Anyway, didn’t mean this to sound like a pitch, but I really recommend these or something similar. Sprouted bread products are nice and substantial, so even half of one of these English muffins is satisfying, especially as we age and appetites get smaller. Any of these ideas will work for breakfast, lunch, or a snack. By the time you get done adding the different toppings, you’ll for sure have a complete protein meal.

Favorites

First toast the English muffin as usual. I also like to spread on a very little butter. Then try a variety of nut butters like natural peanut butter, almond butter of cashew butter. If you want to go all-out, add some honey or natural jam. The nut butter coupled with the sprouted grains will give a complete protein.

Another really good version is a couple slices of hard-boiled egg or scrambled egg, along with some turkey bacon. I used just one strip cut in half. Some people like ketchup on it. And a slice of cheese. If you use low-fat there are fewer calories, and lots of protein.

For a snack, you can have cream cheese with a little fresh fruit on top, or some all-fruit jam.

I’ve also put these in a toaster oven with a slice of low-fat cheese on top, which melts as the English muffin toasts, so you get a toasted cheese sandwich. I’ve even added a couple sliced walnuts or pecans on top too.

If you don’t like English muffins for some reason, the same company also make an excellent bread called Ezekiel bread, using sprouted and ground grains, beans; lentils, etc. based on the ancient verse from Ezekiel 4:9. It’s also a complete protein in itself and high in other nutrition as well. Any of the above English muffin recipe ideas will work with this bread too. (They also make a great cinnamon-raisin version.)

So if you haven’t yet had sprouted breads, give them a try. I think the nutrition is really worth it; they’re practically a meal in themselves, and perfect if you’re on the go. Just slap on a little peanut butter or slice of cheese and go out the door.

Join in and write your own page! It’s easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Share YOUR Healthy Snacks.