Wait a second. There are healthy snack options?
Doritos are made from corn…and corn is a vegetable…so they must be healthy.
Well, we all know that's not true, so allow me to break it down for you...
We all suffer from the 3PM, post-lunch sleepiness that challenges our clean eating goals and daily vows to stay away from cookies. And it’s true, I also thoroughly enjoy binge-watching old seasons of the Sopranos while snacking on a super salty corn chip. But I’m here to tell you, you can have your cake and eat it too (…kind of…) without breaking your weight loss goals or commitment to being a healthy human.
Here are 10 sweet & savory snack ideas that are quick, easy and healthy. Most of these can be made in advance to bring to the office or eat on-the-go. Happy Snacking!
Frozen Banana Slices Dipped in Chocolate
Slice 1 banana into ½ inch rounds and place on a small parchment paper-lined tray. Melt ¼ cup dark chocolate chips in the microwave or on the stove and drizzle melted chocolate over each banana slice. Place in freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sliced Apples with Yogurt and Peanut Butter Dip
Combine ½ tbsp. natural peanut butter with ½ container plain low-fat yogurt. Slice apples into rounds and top with some chopped almonds.
Vanilla (or Chocolate) Milkshake Smoothie
Cinnamon and Honey Roasted Chickpeas
Rinse and dry 1 can of chickpeas (hummusim) and lay flat on a parchment paper-lined tray. Bake in 200°C (400°F) oven for 40 minutes turning halfway through. Combine ¼ tsp. cinnamon, dash of nutmeg and 1 tsp. honey in a bowl and toss with the crunchy, baked chickpeas.
White Bean Hummus
Grab your favorite veggie slices and start dipping!
Spiced Roasted Chickpeas
Rinse and dry 1 can of chickpeas (hummusim) and lay flat on a parchment paper-lined tray. Bake in 200°C (400°F) oven for 40 minutes turning halfway through. Combine ¼ tsp. sea salt, ½ tsp. dried cumin, ¼ tsp. paprika (sweet or smoky) and ¼ tsp. dried coriander and toss with the crunchy, baked chickpeas.
Heat ½ tbsp. olive oil in pot on medium-high heat. Add 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels and cover the pot with a lid. Once the kernels start popping, shake the pot around. Listen for when the popping just about stops and remove from heat.
Pita Chips with Tzatziki
Cut 1 whole pita into 8 triangles, drizzle with olive salt and pepper and bake in 200°C (400°F) for about 10 minutes or until crispy. For the tzatziki, combine 1 container low-fat plain or plain greek yogurt with 1 shredded cucumber, 1 clove of garlic (minced), salt, pepper and freshly chopped dill (or mint). Cover and chill in fridge for 20 minutes before serving.
Keep a bag a frozen edamame in your freezer for emergency snacking. Boil in water for 5-7 minutes, drain and top with a bit of sea salt and a squeeze of lemon juice.
SWEET & SALTY BONUS
Mix ½ cup almonds, ¼ cup walnuts, ¼ cashews, ½ cup dried cranberries (NO SUGAR ADDED) and ¼ dark chocolate chips