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Crunchy, Crispy and Conscious: Healthy Tidbits with a Green Twist

Crunchy, Crispy and Conscious: Healthy tidbits with a green twist

We may not notice it, but those little midday bites we all crave are integral to our daily performance. It breaks up your morning or afternoon at work or school and becomes an energy booster. However, like with most things involving food, your mood can be influenced by the kind of nourishment you choose.

Sure, there is a quick energy rush after eating a candy bar or a cookie. But after that, there will be a subsequent and inevitable crash. It's enjoyable for a while, but after some time, you're hungry again and find yourself reaching for even more sugary foods.

On the other hand, healthy whole foods that are high in complex carbs and fiber can leave you feeling satisfied for hours rather than minutes, especially when you pair it with more protein or healthy fat. Think a handful of Oat Texas Twisted Praline paired with cheese, crackers and sliced avocado. 

Nana Joes Granola has you covered! We we list the best and healthiest mini-meal options that you can incorporate into your family's daily meals... but with a twist. They're all Green!

 

11 Healthy Green Bites for the Midday Munchies That You Can Try

Eating greens is simple. Naturally, meals that derive their gorgeous color from green vegetables can be incredibly healthful while being fun. These recipes are not only tasty, entertaining, and suitable for children, but they're also healthy and packed with nutrition. Don't forget that all Nana Joes Granola products are gluten-free, vegan and artisinally made daily in the heart of San Francisco. 

Green Smoothies

Making a tasty green treat you and your kids will love doesn't require cooking experience. Try a healthy green smoothie that is simple to make and will surely be a hit with kids. Try making this with kale, spinach, or avocado to get that nice green color.

Guacamole

The avocado, the "super food" of choice for all, might be one of the best green foods. They have vitamins B-6, C, E, and K. Avocados are full of healthy fats that help you feel full and avoid overindulging. They are fatty in all the right ways. They have flavor as well. With guac and chips, you'll surely enjoy your green treat.

Green Pancake

A pancake pizza with banana and spinach is an exciting meal that will help you get that color green into your family's diet without any of the fuss. Provide a delightful way to offer more vegetables for breakfast! Trust us, this will encourage the kids to eat more veggies, as this is rich in spinach and well-sweetened with fruit. It is dairy-free, gluten-free and paleo.

Spinach Tortilla Roll-Ups with a Side of Salad

Lay a slice of cheese and your choice of deli turkey, chicken, or ham on top of a tortilla wrap (opt for a garden spinach wrap for a vibrant burst of color!). Next, enhance the flavor by adding vegetables, such as carrots, cucumbers, and bell peppers. Feel free to add more veggies to suit your taste.

For a refreshing side dish, prepare a raspberry summer salad to enjoy with your roll-ups. Just mix strawberries with lettuce, almonds, melon, and dressing, and you’re good to go. This salad perfectly complements the savory taste of roll-ups, offering a delectable balance of flavors. Sprinkle our Paleo Orange Sunrise blend on top for the perfect crunch. 

Green Fruit Salad with Yogurt and Granola

Combine finely cut pears, green apples, kiwi, and grapes. Accompany with granola and yogurt on the side for dipping. It works great for a big breakfast or dinner, even though it may appear light at first. Oats and oat granolas are some of the most popular breakfast foods in the world because they are proven to be highly nutritious, filling and even tastey. 

Green Beans

This is a nutrient-dense vegetable you may want to nibble on because you get the fruit of this pod, the lean, mean green bean. To start, it's a great source of vitamin C, and one dish of green beans provides you with approximately 25% of your recommended daily intake.

Green Eggs and Ham

One big egg, fried or scrambled, provides only 78 calories and six grams of protein. When you combine one of those with a serving of ham (which has about 200 calories and 29 grams of protein), you have a plate loaded with protein. Turn those eggs green and watch your kids eyes widen with surprise and intrigue as they get excited for breakfast!

In the past, people colored their eggs green with food coloring. Although there is no proof that coloring is hazardous, mixing spinach into your eggs before frying them is a well-liked and healthier substitute for coloring. If you prepare it this way, you'll provide more than just vibrant green coloring—you'll also contribute extra vitamins and nutrients.

Mini Broccoli and Cheese Quiche

This dish is simple to prepare and offers a satisfying and nutritious breakfast for the entire family. If this suits your taste buds, you can occasionally sandwich one between two toasted English muffins.

Paleo Green Smoothie Donuts

The easiest and most enjoyable method to include vegetables in the breakfast menu is Paleo Green Smoothie Donuts. These are packed with gorgeous spinach and are made totally in your blender, with bananas acting as a natural sweetener. Prepare yourself because you will elevate your morning game with lots of veggies.

Avocado Toast

Spread avocado on toast after mashing it in a bowl. You can do one avocado that yields roughly four toast slices. If desired, lightly season the top with salt and pepper.

Green Tea

You could consider green tea to be nature's ultimate nectar with its numerous health advantages. When you steep those beautiful leaves in a cup of hot water, you can't go wrong because they are packed with heart-smart nutrients, antioxidants, and anti-aging properties. If you're not into tea bags, you may also try matcha, the powdered cousin of green tea, in cooking. You can include this amazing green food in many of your favorite recipes to reap even more health advantages.

 

There are many green food ideas out there to try. They are not only healthy, but they are also delicious and fun to make. You can incorporate green foods, whether from fruits or vegetables. We hope this list has given you just a few ideas for your upcoming midday nosh-fest.