Eating healthy is easy to do at home, but when you are at school, work, or out running errands, it becomes especially difficult. These five healthy snack recipes will ensure you always have something nutritious to munch whenever an unusual craving or hunger pang strikes.
#1. Whole Wheat Tortilla
Warm a whole wheat tortilla shell, then add 2 tablespoons mashed black beans, 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese, and two tablespoons salsa in the center. For added protein, you could add some diced chicken or shredded beef as well. Roll up and place a dab of sour cream, some lettuce, and diced tomato on top if desired. This healthy snack is not only full of protein, but is also rich in antioxidants such as lycopene that are known to fight cancer.
#2. Protein Peanut Butter Balls
For times when you want something sweet or would rather skip your protein shake, this healthy snack will do the trick. Combine two scoops of protein powder along with a half cup of peanut or other nut butter, one cup of oatmeal and ¼ cup dried cranberries or raisins. Mix everything together evenly, then form into tiny balls. For added texture, you may roll the finished balls in chopped nuts or more dry oats. Store in a covered container at room temperature-there is no need to refrigerate. Also try out peanut butter chocolate chip snack bars.
#3. Spicy Energy Blend Trail Mix
Mix together pumpkin seeds, mangos and dried dates along with a spice rub of your choosing until everything is evenly coated. For a bit more variety, you could also add sunflower seeds, almonds, or peanuts to your pumpkin seeds, or substitute dates or mangos for dried pineapple, papaya or raisins. This is a great healthy snack to keep in your backpack or purse for times when you suddenly get an unexpected craving or hunger pang.
#4. Bagel and Ricotta Cheese
Cut a wheat or whole-grain bagel in half and toast if desired. Spread with two tablespoons of fresh ricotta cheese, then top with sliced strawberries or blueberries. For times when you need a bit more energy, you can also drizzle the top with a bit of honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar (just be sure not to overdo it). This healthy snack is very filling, and can almost be considered a meal in itself.
#5. Delicious Snack Wraps
Spread a bit of cream cheese over top of a tortilla shell. Cover with lettuce leaves, slivers of green pepper, sliced cherry tomatoes or any other vegetable you desire. Place a thin slice of turkey breast over top, then “roll” everything neatly together, securing with a toothpick if necessary. You can cut these snack wraps in half for children, or slice into rolls and create delicious appetizers for your next party.
Having a healthy snack doesn’t have to be boring, as these five recipes clearly show. Use your imagination, and you are bound to come up with quite a few others that are easy and fun to make.