Eight healthy, quick and easy-to-make snack ideas
Kale chips allow you to give into that savoury craving while being a healthier alternative to pot ato chips. Kale is rich in vitamin A, C and K, fibre and minerals including potassium and calcium. To make your own, tear a bunch of kale into bite-size pieces. Place the kale pieces on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, sprinkle the kale with sea salt and olive oil and cook for 10 to15 minutes (or until the edges are brown, but not burnt). For a more detailed recipe, please visit allrecipes.com/recipe/176957/baked-kale-chips/.
Smoothie bowls are a popular break fast craze that will look especially impressive on your Ins tagram account. Depending on the ingredients you choose, your bowl can be filled with lot s of vitamins, antioxidants and protein that will keep you full throughout the day. For this snack, you will need frozen or fresh fruit , some more fruit, veggies, nuts, raisins, and/or any thing else you want to put in it . You will also need a little bit of creativity if you want to make yours look like a work of art. For nine great smoothie bowl recipes you should try, visit greatist.com/eat/smootie-bowl-recipes.
While this may take more than two minutes in the microwave, stove cooked popcorn is a healthy way to still enjoy your favourite movie-time snack. Plain popcorn is a great source of whole grains, fibre and antioxidants. All you need is coconut oil, popcorn kernels and salt for flavour. For a detailed recipe, visit simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_popcorn/.
Yogurt and fruit parfait
This sweet treat is a good substitute for ice cream or any other kind of dessert. You will need non-fat vanilla yogurt, blueberries, strawberries and fresh granola (you can substitute the type of yogurt and fruit you prefer). Layer each of the ingredients starting with the yogurt and finish with a sprinkle of granola on top. For a more detailed recipe visit foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/yogurt-and-fruit-parfaits-recipe-1940127.
Avocado is made up of healthy monounsaturated fats and is a good source of fibre and potassium. Simply mash the avocado with a fork, mixing a small amount of lemon juice to stop the avocado from going brown. Spread over rye or whole wheat toast. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and red pepper flakes on top for flavour if desired. For a more detailed recipe visit realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/avocado-toast.
Edamame is probably one of the most fun snacks to eat. Popping the beans out of their shells is just as satisfying as popping bubble wrap. It is important to note that you should not eat the beans raw as it may cause digestion upset. All you need to do to cook the edamame is add a teaspoon of salt to some boiling water and cook the edamame pods for five minutes. For more detailed instructions, visit kevinandamanda.com/10-minute-restaurant-style-steamed-edamame/
Veggies and hummus
Pairing some hummus with your snack is a fast way to get through your sometimes hard-to-choke-down veggies. Making your own hummus and storing it is the best way of knowing that your hummus is fresh and doesn’t have unnecessary preservatives. For a detailed recipe, visit allrecipes.com/recipe/14830/hummus-iii/.
Apple slices and peanut butter
This recipe is as simple as cutting an apple into slices and using peanut butter as a dip. We recommend using all natural peanut butter and adding some raisins and a sprinkle of cinnamon to make it more flavourful. For a simple recipe please visit readyseteat.com/recipes-Apple-Slices-with-Creamy-Peanut-Butter-Dip-6062.