Nut Butter Dip! My Favorite Evening Snack
Figuring out what to eat in the evenings can be a tricky business. You want snacks for evening rest time that are healthy, but also one that fills you up. Well, I have just the recipe for you. So often, I get asked, ‘What do I eat for evening snacks?’ I have a favorite, my go-to recipe, that I’d love to share with you.
Nut butter dip is my go-to snack. Every night after the kids go to bed; I have some ‘me’ time. I check my email, do some tweeting, and have a snack. For months, my evening snack has been a green apple with a nut butter dip. Nutritious, protein and healthy-fat filled, and delicious. You can’t possibly go wrong.
This is one of the easiest snacks recipes you can make. All you have to do is choose your favorite nut butter and make a creamy, lightly sweetened dip in a minute. My kids love it as much as I do. I give them an apple, peach, pear, or banana. Pick your fave and make it fun! Ryan loves to eat with a spoon too!
Craving healthy protein snacks or an evening snacks recipe? Try our sweetened nut butter dip. Find the super easy recipe below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Nutrition and cooking is a topic that most parents are concerned with. But, how do you know you’re feeding your children, and yourself, for that matter, the right thing?
Parents have so many questions, and I will always do my best to answer them. So, here are some frequently asked questions about evening snacks.
1. What Should I Eat for Evening Snacks?
If you want an alternative to the beautiful recipe above, there are plenty of other options out there. Try to keep your evening snacks on the smaller side before bed, if possible, but you certainly shouldn’t be going to bed hungry.
A fruit (a banana, some cherries, a kiwi) is an excellent option as they can actually help us sleep. Cheese and crackers are also good options for an evening snack, or if you’re feeling ambitious, hot cereal, trail mix, or pumpkin seeds all have properties that aid our sleep too.
The most important thing is that you keep your snacks as health-conscious as possible, which is just good practice anyway. Any of the options above will do the trick!
2. What Is the Easiest Snack to Make?
There are so many easy snacks recipes to make yourself that it would be impossible to list them all here. However, I will list my favorite ones to make, other than the sweetened nut butter dip, of course.
Fruit toast is a good one – all you need is a piece of wholemeal bread (or whichever bread you prefer), some cottage cheese, cashews, some pineapple, and, voila, fruit toast!
Overnight oats are another excellent option for healthy snacks– soak oats overnight in milk and yogurt and add your favorite fruits (and nut butter) to the top. Banana and peanut butter is a personal favorite, but you can find hundreds of snacks recipes online. Other easy options are,
- Frozen, yogurt-covered blueberries. All you have to do is dip blueberries in yogurt and freeze them. Have some with breakfast for an excellent source of minerals and vitamins. Easy peasy!
- Pizza-inspired flatbread. Grab a piece of crispbread and add tomatoes and feta cheese.
- Air-popped popcorn is a super easy and quick snack. All you need are popcorn kernels, a brown paper bag, and a microwave.
Even when it’s just a quick bite; it doesn’t hurt to get some health benefits at the same time!
3. What Snacks Can I Make at Home?
The opportunities are endless! Healthy, quick, or vegan recipes: any snack you can think of, you can find a recipe for it to make at home. The benefit of following your snacks recipes at home is that you know exactly what is going into it, allowing you to make healthier decisions than some pre-bought snacks.
So whether you’re a top chef or you’re just trying to muddle through, here are some ideas for you to try out:
- Roasted veggie chips (the same as potato chips but with other veggies).
- Chocolate granola bars for those who need a little chocolate to get them through the day.
- Watermelon sorbet. All you need is a watermelon!
- Smoothies. You can make these to any taste and fulfill any craving.
- Fruit roll-ups (yes, you can make them from scratch!)
Healthy snacks recipes don’t have to be hard! Many of the snacks listed above can be made quickly and in large amounts: perfect for serving at a family gathering!
4. What Are Popular Indian Snacks?
Just because you’re snacking doesn’t mean you have to stick to typically Americanized foods. For example, Indian snacks are trendy and can bring some variety to your evening snacks regime.
Appam is an Indian pancake, which happens to be shaped like a bowl. It is made from rice flour and coconut milk (you can also use premade idli batter). It is the perfect snack to nibble on because it is easy to make and filling.
Samosas. You can’t mention Indian snacks without mentioning samosas. These are deep-fried, triangular-shaped pastries, traditionally prepared with a filling of various meats or vegetables. With a crispy outside but soft inside, these are the ideal introduction to Indian cuisine if you’ve never tried it before.
Namak para is an ideal snack if you enjoy a hot cup of evening tea. It is easy to make – wheat flour, ghee, salt, asafoetida, and black pepper combine to make this savory recipe.
Aloo poha, or potato poha, is flattened rice that is cooked and served with potatoes. Combine some oil, green chilies, and dry herbs for a delightful meal. Best of all: you can cook it in a microwave!
5. What Are Some Tasty Snacks?
There are so many tasty snacks you can eat! Hopefully, this blog post has shown you some different options out there that you might not have thought of before. I am a massive fan of tasty snacks that are also healthy.
My favorite, of course, is the sweetened nut butter dip, but other favorites include smoothies, veggie chips, and fruit.
6. What Are Some Vegan Snacks Recipes?
More people than ever before are going vegan—but that doesn’t mean they can’t have some yummy snacks too! Vegan recipes can be quick, easy, and good for the whole family. Here are some I’ve mentioned, plus some more:
Fruit with nut butter dip. Nut butter is filled with protein, and having them with fruits gives you those added vitamins and minerals.
Appam is an example from Indian cuisine that comes in a variety of vegan options. Made from rice and coconut flour, these are great to have with evening tea.
Ants on a log. This is one of the easiest snacks recipes: celery filled with peanut butter and raisins. It’s easy to prepare, a good source of protein, and just as appropriate for an evening in as it is for a family gathering!
Honeyed popcorn. This works great for a movie at home: use honey and coconut oil instead of the traditional butter.
Following Your Own Snacks Recipes
Choosing what to have as your evening snack can be super fun. There are so many quick and easy options out there that are both filling and hearty.
My personal favorite is the sweetened nut butter dip, but that doesn’t mean I don’t branch out occasionally and deviate from my routine. So you might have to try a few different options before you find the right one for you.
Dina is a wife, mother of 4, and adrenaline junky. She loves to share children’s health information from her professional and personal experience. More About Dr Dina.