There’s nothing worse than going to the grocery store to stock up on healthy fruits and vegetables and being sidetracked by all different kinds of junk food.
I know everyone struggles with this, including myself. The only difference was that today I went in there planning to totally avoid anything unhealthy; however, I felt bombarded from all sides. I managed to avoid the temptation and was pleased with myself, for a change.
The thought that went through my mind was not only the unhealthy aspect of those temptations providing nothing but empty calories, but also the fact that good money is just being thrown away. With the prices of food on the rise, this didn’t make sense to me. So here are some quick and healthy snack ideas for when your cravings are about to do you in.
- Freeze grapes, especially nice on a hot day.
- Freeze peeled bananas, either whole to eat like a popsicle or cut into chunks. Either way, just pop them in your mouth or use a blender or Magic Bullet to blend them down into a creamy treat (I’ve also heard that the inside of the peel is supposed to work good at whitening teeth).
- Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on apple slices.
- Homemade Trail Mix made using dried fruit, mixed nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and a few smarties mixed in for a sweet surprise.
- Add your favorite fruit to yogurt (you can also add chopped nuts and/or granola)
- Popcorn makes a great snack just go easy on the butter. Add your favorite spices to liven it up. Garlic, chili powder, whatever you like. If you really like your popcorn soggy, put water in a spray bottle and drench it as much as you want, then add the butter.
- Add finely chopped dates or dried fruit to applesauce for a sweet treat. Add cinnamon and/or nutmeg.
- A handful of mixed nuts and seeds is a satisfying snack, especially if you add some raisins to the mix.
- Sunflower seeds are good as well, but make sure to get the ones that are still in the shell; if you have to work to get at the little guys you won’t be so tempted to go overboard.
- Triscuit crackers spread with tuna or egg salad makes a good high protein snack.
- Pita Bread or raw vegetables and Hummus. If you don’t know what Hummus is, just take a 15 oz can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), ¼ cup of plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 garlic cloves, and 4 drops of sesame oil. Blend the chickpeas in the blender until smooth. Add everything else, then chill in the fridge to mix the flavors.
- Spread cheese on a tortilla.. Add diced tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, peppers, whatever you like. Roll up and bake till cheese is melted.
- Strawberries with Balsamic vinegar. I know this sounds bizarre but is actually quite delicious. Just mix together 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspon of freshly ground black pepper, and ½ pint of strawberries. Cover and put in the fridge for about an hour to blend together the flavors.
- Apples and cheddar cheese go so good together.
- Dates make a satisfying sweet treat.
- Make yummy homemade popsicles by blending your favorite fruits and freezing them in popsicle molds.
- A stick of celery spread with cheese whiz, cream cheese, peanut butter, or salsa is a very filling snack.
There are lots of ideas out there for quick and healthy snack ideas to help you eat well at snack time.