It unfairly carries a reputation for being a greasy bag of unhealthy potato chips or box of cookies gorged upon late at night. Snacks can be fuel for curbing hunger before running errands or prepping for a workout. Healthily re-energize with the following on-the-go, easy-to-make snacks that are deliciously nutritious and good for your heart health too!
Homemade Trail Mix
There’s no right or wrong way to make trail mix, yet keep in mind a balance of savory and sweet is the way to go. Pick your favorite ingredients, such as high-protein nuts, crunchy seeds and dried fruit. You can make additions and substitutions as you like. For a satisfying and guilt-free snack, gather these ingredients and mix together:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Dried cranberries
- Dried banana chips
- Semi-sweet chocolate or butterscotch chips
The soybean snack is low-fat, high in protein and fun to nosh on. It contains essential fatty acids, fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Shall we go on? Edamame is delicious and simple. Buy a bag of frozen soybean pods, cook in boiled salted water for 10 minutes, and the pods are ready to serve. For extra flavor, drizzle cooked edamame with soy sauce, lemon juice, rice vinegar, or sesame oil. You can even remove the beans and sauté them in olive oil. Yum!
Sandwiches are great on-the-go meals, but some people forget that sandwiches can be a great snack too. The carbohydrates from the bread and the high protein count from lunch meats like turkey and ham can be a great pre-workout snack. Get lean meat like turkey or chicken on a sandwich, and then pile on some veggies for a tasty and healthy meal!
Superfood Green Smoothies
Cure hunger and nourish your body by sipping on a smoothie right out of a mason jar. Blend organic, fresh produce full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and nutrients. The energy-boosting liquid nutrition will cleanse the body and release toxins. Include spinach, celery, cucumber, kale, beets, carrots, and broccoli stems into your plant-based beverage. Sweeten your super-food smoothie with a green apple, banana, shredded coconut, goji berries, and even almond milk or coconut water. Add ginger, lemon or lime juice, or mint as flavorful additives. Lastly, serve your green juice smoothie in a mason jar with a straw and enjoy!
Garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, contain healthy amounts of cholesterol-lowering fiber and energy-producing mineral manganese. The legume is also a great source of protein, folate and iron. Garbanzo beans are tasty right out of the can or dried. You can make the chickpeas into a hummus dip that you can enjoy on whole-grain pita bread or with carrot sticks. After rinsing and drying the beans, toss them into a food processor until the beans turn into a spread with a smooth consistency.
Add some flair to your hummus with any of these ingredients:
- Sundried tomatoes
- Roasted red peppers
- Black olives
- Greek yogurt
- Lemon or lime juice
- Feta or parmesan cheese
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