When it comes to eating healthy, it is often the small things that hold us back. Despite planning out healthy meals, when the afternoon rolls around many of us have the urge to indulge in a snack. While having small snacks throughout the day can actually help boost your metabolism, you have to make sure they are healthy and not just empty calories. Here are five simple recipes for snacking healthier at home.
DIY Trail Mix
Trail mix is a great snack, but often when you buy it in stores, it is filled with preservatives and excess salt or sugar. When you make your own trail mix you can choose the flavors you enjoy and cut out the stuff that is bad for you. Mix in your favorite nuts, dried fruit, and a bit of chocolate or yogurt pieces. You can find many ingredients to make a great trail mix at www.sincerelynuts.com.
Grown-up Ants on a Log
For a classic healthy snack with a grown-up twist, make ants on a log using hummus. To make this simple, healthy snack, cut up celery sticks into two-inch pieces. Fill the hollow side of the celery with your favorite hummus and top with diced olives or crumbled feta cheese. The decidedly grownup version of ants on a log is great for an afternoon snack or a party appetizer.
Dole recently came out with a chocolate covered banana product that looks delicious, but is filled with calories and preservatives. Make your own version of banana dippers at home for a healthier option. Simply peel a banana and slice it into quarters. Add a dollop of peanut butter or Nutella on the top of each banana (as if it was dipped in) and finish it off with peanuts, chia seeds, or dried nuts.
For the snackers who prefer something a bit more savory, avocado toast is an easy and healthy way to fight the munchies. To make this snack take a slice of whole wheat bread and toast it. While it is toasting, cut a ripe avocado in half and cut one half into another half. Mash the avocado in a small bowl to ensure it can be easily spread on the bread. After you have added your avocado, top with a touch of salt or hot sauce for an extra kick.
Make your own yogurt parfait as a delicious snack when craving something slightly sweet. Start with a short, clear glass and add plain Greek yogurt. Top with fruit and granola for a snack that is incredibly healthy and filling.
Snacking often can’t be avoided, but if you do indulge every now and then, do it right. These healthy recipes can be great options for making better diet choices at home.