Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Healthy, cleaner snack ideas

Hi all,

As you may have seen in a previous post, I’ve been trying really hard to make an effort to be healthier and work on tracking. What has helped me do this is by not only pre-planning way ahead of time what I will be eating but also ensuring that I always have fresh and healthy foods stocked in my kitchen.

I find the meal part really easy as I looove cooking but tend to struggle to find healthier, clean snacks. Since I’m learning I figured I’d share what I’ve learned with you all. Here are a few clean snacks that I really enjoy:

  • Plain Greek Yogurt - Add fresh fruit or frozen fruit. I really like adding fresh pineapple or strawberries or frozen blueberries or raspberries. I find the blueberries add a nice little crunch. If you find it still tastes too plain you can add a bit of honey.

    TIP: I always substitute greek yogurt when it calls for sour cream in pretty much every recipe. Tastes the exact same! 
  • Fresh air-popped popcorn- From a popcorn maker! None of that bagged stuff.. they put so much crap in it! It’s unreal to see how little calories are in such a large amount when you pop it with air and no oil or butter. 
  • Cottage Cheese- I prefer it plain but you can add cut up fruit, seeds, nuts, honey or just eat it along side veggies.
  • Raw Almonds, Hazelnuts, Pecans, Walnuts, etc. - Not a large amount as they are high in fat. But the good kind that you need! A small handful is all you need. One at a time peeps.. savour it! PLUS nuts have many, many health benefits.
  • Roasted Chickpeas- Though I have not perfected making these.. I still really like them! There are many recipes online or on pinterest.. if you find a good one let me know! haha
  • Hummus- Ideally served with a side of veggies(peppers are good scoopers)!! Though whole grain pita won’t kill you ;) Hummus is also INSANELY easy to make and goes a long way. 
  • Guacamole- Quick and easy! Mash an Avocado, cut up some tomato and onion.. mix and you’re set! Oh yeah.. don’t forget to add lime or lemon to keep it tasting fresh. 
  • Dark Chocolate- A little bit of dark chocolate on a regular basis can actually be good for you!
  • Pre-cut fruits or veggies- These are probably the cleanest you can go. Cut up cantaloupe is one of my favourites but its always good to have a variety available. 


Some other ideas that I haven’t yet tried or maybe not that high on my “like” list would be hard boiled eggs, Steel-cut oatmeal and dried fruit.

Hope I gave you some inspiration!

Steph

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