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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

55 Healthy Snack Ideas


Eating healthy doesn’t need to be complicated or boring! I found a great list of healthy snack ideas on the Beachbody site and thought I would share it here.  I have tweaked it a little here and there mostly because I don't believe in Low-fat!
Here are 55 easy-to-prepare snacks, that will keep your tastebuds happy.
1. Mini tostada
Spread 1/4 cup of organic refried beans on a small whole wheat tortilla. Top with shredded lettuce, diced tomato, and a sprinkle of your favorite cheese.
2. Frozen grapes
Freeze 1 cup of grapes and enjoy them as if they’re sorbet.
3. Greek yogurt with honey
Mix one teaspoon of honey into half a cup of plain, Greek yogurt.
4. Cinnamon apple
Sprinkle an apple with cinnamon for a treat that tastes more decadent than it is.
5. Strawberries and chocolate
Dip 4 or 5 (depending on their size) strawberries into 2 squares of melted dark chocolate.
6. Almost apple pie
Try 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce with a hint of cinnamon.
7. Jicama
Chop one and a half cups of jicama and add a splash of lemon juice and a pinch of salt for a tangy, refreshing treat.
8. Café Au Lait
Enjoy 8 ounces of milk with a shot of espresso.
9. Carrots with hummus
Crunch on 9 or 10 baby carrots with a side of 2 tablespoons of hummus.
10. Nuts
Eat a handful of 25 pistachios, 14 almonds, or 16 peanuts makes for a nice “good” fat and protein snack.
11. Eggs with guacamole
Hard boil an egg and replace the yolk with 2 tablespoons of guacamole for a protein-packed snack.
12. Edamame
Boil or steam one-half cup of unshelled edamame with a pinch of sea salt for a fiber-rich snack.
13. Bitter chocolate
Enjoy 1 large block or 3 small squares of dark chocolate.
14. Mediterranean tomato
Dice one medium tomato and top with 2 tablespoons feta cheese and a pinch of sea salt.

15. Kale Chips
Make your own kale chips for a fraction of the price with this recipe.
16. Bell peppers with balsamic vinegar
Drizzle 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar on top of 2 cups of sliced bell peppers.
17. Eggs with spinach
Scramble 3 egg whites with one-half cup of raw spinach and 1 Tbsp. of feta cheese.
18. Corn with garlic
Coat one-half of an ear of corn with a 1 tsp. of olive oil and 1 minced garlic clove. Grill until tender.
19. Santa Fe black beans
Combine one-quarter cup black beans, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1 Tbsp. of Greek yogurt for a hearty snack.
20. Chocolate banana
Dip one-half of a banana into 2 squares of melted dark chocolate.
21. Caprese
Top one ounce of mozzarella cheese with half a cup of cherry tomatoes and 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar.
22. Tuna salad
Mix together 2 ounces of water-packed tuna with 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard.
23. Sweet potato
Enjoy one small baked sweet potato plain or with a pinch of sea salt.
24. Popcorn
Munch on 2 cups of air popped popcorn.
25. Olives
For a salty snack, enjoy 9 kalamata olives.
26. Greek watermelon
Top 1 cup of watermelon with 2 tablespoons of crumbled feta.
27. Peanut butter
Even on its own, peanut (or almond) butter makes for a treat full of good fats.
28. Cottage cheese and melon
Combine three-quarters of a cup of melon with one-quarter cup of cottage cheese for a sweet dessert.
29. Strawberry and spinach salad
For a savory and sweet salad, mix together 1 cup of baby spinach with one-half cup of sliced strawberries. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.
30. Shakeology
Mix one-half serving of your favorite flavor of Shakeology with water.
31. Spiced cottage cheese
Mix 3/4 cup cottage cheese with a pinch of chili powder and a pinch of curry powder. Top with chopped scallions if desired.
32. Shrimp cocktail
Dip eight medium-sized cooked, peeled shrimp in 2 Tbsp. all-natural cocktail sauce.
33. Crisp bread and lox
Top a Wasa whole-grain cracker with 1 ounce of salmon lox, two slices of cucumber, and a pinch of crushed black pepper.
34. Ham-wrapped asparagus
Wrap three slices of lean, nitrate free deli ham around three cooked asparagus spears.
35. Mediterranean rice cake
Spread 1 Tbsp. of hummus on a whole grain rice cake. Top with two cucumber slices.
36. Carrot salad
Mix two grated carrots with one Tbsp. of raisins, one tsp. of raw sunflower seeds, and 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar.
37. Black bean salad
For a snack with protein and fiber, mix 1/4 cup drained black beans, one chopped tomato, half of green bell pepper chopped, and a pinch of chili powder.
38. Roasted red pepper Wasa cracker
Spread 2 Tbsp. hummus on a whole-grain Wasa cracker. Top with one jarred roasted red pepper, sliced.
39. Avocado cracker
Mash 1/4 avocado with a squeeze of lime. Spread on a Mary's Organic Cracker and top with a pinch of espelette pepper or smoked paprika.
40. Pistachios and cranberries
Combine 16 shelled pistachios with 1/4 cup unsweetened dried cranberries.

41. Veggies and ranch dip
Enjoy ranch dressing without the guilt! Dip 10 baby carrots and 8 cherry tomatoes into 2 Tbsp. of this homemade healthier ranch dip.
42. Frozen nutty banana
Roll half a peeled banana in one Tbsp. chopped peanuts, pressing so that nuts stick to the banana. Freeze. Enjoy!

43. Baked Apple Chips 
Bake your own apple chips and you can enjoy them with much less sugar. Here’s a recipe from Beachbody.
44. Cheese and cracker
Top one Wasa cracker with slices of 1 piece of string cheese
45. Italian cucumbers
Cut up 2 cucumbers and enjoy them with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar
46. Seaweed snacks
1 package of roasted seaweed snacks from Costco or your local supermarket.
47. Crunch + spice
Cut up 4 celery stalks and enjoy them with 1/4 cup salsa.
48. After school snack
Cut up 4 celery stalks and dip them in 1 tbsp. almond butter.
49. Cheesy popcorn
Sprinkle 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast over 2 cups air popped popcorn.
50. Turkey tartine
Top one slice whole grain bread with 2 slices deli turkey and 1 tsp. mustard.
51. PB + J
Top one Wasa cracker with 2 tsp. nut butter and 3 sliced strawberries.
52. Monkey snack
Cut up one half of a banana and dip it in 2 tsp. nut butter and then 1 tbsp. granola.
53. Easy avocado
Mash up one half of an avocado and mix it with 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar.
54. Japanese avocado
Mash up one half of an avocado and combine with with 1/4 tsp. soy sauce, 1/4 tsp. sesame seeds, and a drizzle of rice wine vinegar.

55. Chips and salsa
Try these corn tortilla chips with 2 tbsp. fresh salsa.

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