3 Delicious & Nutritious Snack Ideas
I love healthy foods. I love comfort foods. I love to snack. I love to snack on comfort foods. It’s just hard sometimes to bring the “healthy” together with “comfort”. That’s why I’ve thought up some of my most favorite snacks that give me deep satisfaction as I indulge in them. You can adapt these snacks to the different seasons, adding ingredients that make you feel light and tangy for spring and summer or spicy and cozy for fall and winter.
If you are an individual who would like to keep the “comfort” in those skinny jeans this season…….read on.
- Breads and Muffins
When fall rolls around, my baking instincts kick in. The only problem is…..we tend to EAT those baked goodies. I have discovered (thanks to the amazing Trim Healthy Mama cookbook) a way to have what I love without making my blood sugar spike…….and then crash. The secret weapon? Gluten free oats.
If you have a blender, you can make those beautiful golden oats into beautiful golden “flour” that becomes the base for the beautiful breads and muffins. Can you tell how much I love those healthy carbs?
With the recipe I’m about to share, you can have the freedom to add all kinds of ingredients to spice things up. There’s so much creativity just dying to be released! This recipe calls for stevia instead of sugar. It’s your choice whether or not you decide to substitute or use regular sugar.
There’s also a good amount of protein found in oats and Greek yogurt. What’s not to love?!
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, ground into flour in a blender
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (left whole)
1/4 teaspoon mineral salt
2 teaspoons aluminum free baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon (at least!) cinnamon (or to taste)
1 teaspoon all spice (or to taste)
1 teaspoon nutmeg (or to taste)
1/2 cup stevia (I use their Gentle Sweet blend that you can find online, or if you’re on Pinterest you can look up homemade blends to find what looks most delicious to you)
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup egg whites (carton or fresh), lightly beaten
This is the base recipe. I add 2 bananas if I want banana bread, I add 2 cups shredded zucchini if I want zucchini muffins, and I can add blueberries, peaches, carrots……you get the idea. I also put in a cup of unsweetened apple sauce to give it some amazing flavor and texture.
(You can find amazing resources and recipes like this one at www.trimealthymama.com. I have read their book and cook almost exclusively from their very extensive cookbook. You will fall in love with their story and approach to healthy living!)
Can you tell I love versatile foods? There’s something about going into the kitchen to a few staple ingredients and walking out with a yummy masterpiece! It’s just icing on the proverbial cake (healthy cake, of course….with healthy icing….) that my body is being truly strengthened and nourished while I stuff my face.
One of my favorite breakfasts and snacks lately has been plain whole fat yogurt. The possibilities are endless from there! I add a packet of SweetLeaf stevia to take away some of the tartness.
My favorite toppings include:
- Chia and Flax seeds (I bought a mixture of the two that is finely ground)
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
- Almonds lightly salted with sea salt
- Pumpkin seeds (These things are giants in the protein world!)
- Berries (These gems are full of antioxidants and lower in sugars than other fruit)
- Healthy granola (you’ll need to closely monitor the ingredients. I would make your own if you’re overly concerned about sugar content)
Smoothies are an excellent way to cram all kinds of healthy foods into one drink that you can enjoy at any time of the day! If you work, you can make it ahead of time and pack it in a large mason jar with a tight lid and sip on it for your mid-morning snack, or use it as an afternoon boost to help prevent the 3:00 crash.
Here are some of my favorite ingredients for smoothies:
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Frozen mixed berries
- 1/2 a banana (I personally don’t use bananas just because of the sugar content, so if you do choose to add them to your smoothie, you’ll want to keep it to a small amount)
- Protein powder (I LOVE Plant Fusion unflavored protein powder. You can buy it _____on Amazon for a really good price)
- Baby spinach
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Gluten free steel cut oats
- Unsweet coconut flakes
- Unsweet peanut butter
- Unsweet almond butter
- Banana extract
- Lime extract
- Pumpkin extract
I hope that your creative juices are flowing, and that you feel inspired to prepare healthy and nourishing snacks for yourself and your family.
What are some of your favorite healthy snacks?
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