Unusual Snacking Options Beyond Almonds and Apples
Is your usual healthy snack getting a bit boring? Do you want something with more flavor, without the fat and calories that usually come with this feature? If so, you are in the right place.
There is no question that snacking is a pretty big deal in today’s modern life. According to a number of surveys and studies, people are snacking much more than they did even a decade ago. You may wonder how all this snacking is effective the average person. Interestingly, there is evidence that it is helpful and harmful. Some studies show this constant snacking is contributing to the obesity epidemic; however, other studies have shown that snacking can help you manage your weight.
The key for you is to find the happy medium in between unhealthy snacking that is leading to health issues and healthy snacking that helps with weight loss.
How to Enjoy Snacks and Avoid Gaining Weight
There are two key factors to the statement above:
- Control your portion sizes at regular meals
- Snack on healthy food options
When properly managed, snacking can contribute to a nutritious and healthy diet. If you are having a hard time coming up with healthy snacks that you actually look forward to eating – besides almonds, whole wheat toast, and almond butter – you may find that the leftover piece of cake or brownie is mighty appealing.
The good news is, you can find a number of unusual snacks that are not only nutritious but will also provide the variety you want to keep you on your healthy eating pattern.
Create Your Own Trail Mix
Yes, you can get pre-made trail mix at the store, but this is typically full of many of the extra calories, fats, and other substances you are trying to stay away from. You can make it fun by mixing in all your favorites. Consider adding coconut flakes, spicy wasabi peas, dried ginger, dark chocolate chips, dried cherries, granola, dates, dried fruit, walnuts, sunflower seeds – the sky is the limit when creating your own trail mix.
This is a pretty easy snack to have on hand. To make this snack start by rinsing the chickpeas, cover with two inches of water over the level of the beans and let them soak in the water overnight. In the morning, drain the water and rinse the peas again. Once they are rinsed, add the peas to a pot and boil them. Once they boil, turn the heat down, add some chili powder and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain the peas and toss the with lime juice.
Put the chickpeas on a baking sheet and place into a 400-degree oven for approximately 15 minutes. After 15 minutes have passed, brush the peas with the leftover lime juice and repeat this three times. On the last 15 minute interval, add salt and more chili powder. Once they are crispy and golden brown (after about 50 to 60 minutes), remove them from the oven and enjoy.
You can create a healthy and tasty kebab out of virtually anything. Try to use cubed grape tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, sliced carrots and use a peach salsa or pesto style dip. If you want a sweet treat, try dried fruit dipped in dark chocolate.
Believe it or not, if the fruit is flavonoid-rich it can be tossed in the oven. Select the dark grapes and preheat your oven up to 325, and bake them for 25 to 30 minutes or until some of the grapes begin to pop. Sprinkle them with a bit of cinnamon and enjoy.
Avocado Tea Sandwiches
Create this by combining a bit of vegan mayo, pepper, and lemon juice in a bowl and then spread it over wheat bread. Add some sliced ripe avocado and a few slices of cucumber to complete the delicious sandwich.
Mini Sweet Peppers
You have likely tried grape tomatoes, sugar snap peas, and mini carrots, but what about mini sweet peppers? About three of these only has 30 calories, but provide you with a third of the needed daily vitamin A and almost three days’ worth of vitamin C. Try dipping them in tzatziki or hummus for a twist.
As you can see, healthy snacking doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless. With the ideas here, you can keep your taste buds happy and enjoy snack time each day.