Could it be…snacks as part of a healthy eating diet? Due to our fancy for all things sugar-laden, nutrient-deficient, and colorfully packaged, snacking gets a bad rap. The truth is avoiding snacks between meals when your stomach starts to growl will only trigger drops in blood sugar, headaches, and overeating later. Rather than grabbing for empty-calorie junk food, opt for a healthy, low-glycemic snack to keep energy high and hunger away. Whether you are in the mood for something salty or sweet, we have tasty wellness choices fit for a healthy lifestyle.

A Savory Bite

Chickpea Pops -Thoroughly drain one can of chickpeas. Sprinkle with olive oil, season with a dash of cayenne and garlic salt, and roast at 400° until crisp. Chickpeas are a clean protein source that is prime for a healthy lifestyle.

Sweet Potato Fries -  Slice one small to medium-sized sweet potato and lightly toss in extra virgin olive oil. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with Himalayan salt and snack!

Edamame – Simply steam 1 cup of frozen store-bought edamame. It’s an easy, haute Asian finger food.

Kale Chips – Tear kale leaves into large pieces and lightly toss in olive oil. Arrange on a baking sheet and bake at 350° until toasted. Sprinkle with some grated parmesan for a low-cal cheese fix.

Not-So-Buttered Toast – Spread Tahini over a slice of sprouted wheat toast. Top with shredded carrots, golden raisins and alfalfa sprouts. This is a great wellness snack, lunch or breakfast option.

 

The Sweet Tooth

Mocktail - In a blender, combine frozen peaches, unsweetened coconut milk and honey. Top with chopped salted macadamia nuts.

Yogurt of the Gods – Stir a dash of cinnamon and a teaspoon of agave into a half cup of plain Greek yogurt.

Chocolate Banana – Roll half of a banana in frozen dark (at least 70% cocoa) chocolate chips. A satiating way to quell a chocolate craving.

Homemade Popsicles – Puree strawberries, blackberries, kiwi, banana or whatever fruit you have on hand. Freeze the blend in Popsicle molds for a refreshing wellness treat.

Twist on a Childhood Classic – Dip apple slices in almond butter. Instead of grabbing a pre-packaged jar off the shelf, churn your own unsalted almonds at the grocery store. This is a cost effective way for fresh, healthy eating.