It is a good idea to snack regularly throughout the day. A healthy snack will take the edge off your hunger so that you don’t binge at meal time. Eating snacks throughout the day can even help you feel less stress. Snack breaks are important, but so are the types of snacks you eat.
Here are a few quick and easy snack recipes that taste good and are good for your body. With these snacks you won’t be tempted to eat processed snack foods high in sugar, and salt.
Parmesan Pita Crisps
This snack will easily satisfy cravings for potato chips and other salty snacks. Real Simple suggests sprinkling 2 Tbs. of grated parmesan over a whole wheat pita. Then add 1/4 tsp. of oregano over the top. Broil the pita until the cheese is brown. Then cut the pita into quarters. You can make several pitas at a time and store them in a ziplock bag for snacks throughout the week. Try dipping the pitas in humus for added flavor and nutrition.
Cottage Cheese Dip
For a fast easy dip, Eating Well recommends adding a 1/4 tsp. of lemon pepper to a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese. You can dip crisp vegetables such as carrots, sugar snap peas or celery in this tasty dip. Try to use a low sodium cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is an excellent sources of calcium and adding veggies is a great way to get in extra servings during the day.
If you have a sweet tooth, turn to fruit instead of a candy bar. Yogurt and fruit go together in endless combinations. Blend some yogurt and fruit together for a quick delicious smoothy, or keep your fruit whole to top the yogurt and make a parfait. This recipe from Fitness Magazine for a yogurt parfait is truly unique and delicious. The recipe makes six servings so share it with friends or portion it out in storage containers for sweet snacks during the day.
Make Your Own Trail Mix
Nuts are a healthy source of protein. A few handfuls of trail mix during the day can quickly boost your energy. You can blend any combination of dried fruits and nuts to make a mix that includes all of your favorites. Try dried cherries, cashews and dark chocolate chips. Almonds, dried cranberries, raisins and walnuts also make a delicious combination. If you are watching your sodium, use unsalted roasted nuts and unsweetened dried fruit to avoid unneeded sugar.
Take time to plan out your snacks for the week. This will go even further to help you avoid eating unhealthy snack foods. Prepare what you can ahead of time so your snacks are ready right when you are hungry. Eating healthy snacks will help you feel better and have more energy all day long. Do you have any favorite healthy snack recipes to share?