So we all know that snacking can be a dangerous road towards excessive extra calories and weight gain but sometimes a healthy snack is necessary. It can help keep the metabolism going and provide a little extra fuel pre or post work out. Also, if you are throwing a party or having a gathering with friends, it is always helpful to have some “go-to” healthy snacks that you can prepare for you and your guests.
Here are some of my suggestions. I have included recipes where necessary. 🙂
Veggies & Hummus – In terms of veggies I prefer cucumbers, celery, cherry tomatoes, and peppers. I also use carrots, but sparingly because of the higher sugar content. My favorite hummus is the Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus (highly recommend!)
Ants on a Log – A nostalgic childhood favorite. The traditional is to simply fill a celery stick with natural peanut butter and top with a few raisins. I sometimes swap the peanut butter for almond butter and top with other dried fruit options like apricots or dried blueberries. You could even make a version filled with hummus or guacamole and top with roasted peppers, sundried tomatoes or a small slice of olive. The skies the limit!
Oven Baked Cinnamon Apple Crisps – a delicious and crunchy way to snaz up a traditional apple snack. See recipe below.
Greek Yogurt and Berries – I use 1 cup of the Trader Joes 0% plain greek yogurt. I add a little vanilla extract, 1 packet of stevia and a handful of berries. I sometimes throw in a couple walnuts for an extra crunch. Easy and delicious.
Fruit Kebobs – a fun “portion controlled” option to a traditional fruit salad.
Spiced Nuts – the Trader Joes chile lime cashews are seriously amazing but potentially dangerously addictive. Separate them into little zip lock bags or small containers to divide into serving size. (They sell great tiny tupperware for dressing, etc at the dollar store, those are great for portioning out and they are re-usable) The spice factor also aids in preventing overeating, so that is helpful!
Carbless Turkey Pinwheels: Spread a layer of hummus and dijon mustard (the combo tastes similar to a mayonnaise) on sliced turkey breast, top with a thin slice of low calorie cheese and some lettuce (you can add another layer of dijon/hummus if desired.) Roll up and cut into 1-inch pieces. You can add tomato or other veggies if desired.
Not so “Devlish” Deviled Eggs – this classic is totally rising in popularity again and I have made a lower calorie version that still retains the original deliciousness. See Recipe Below.