Healthy Snacks to Try

Healthy Snacks to Try

Olivia Meister ’19

     Has it been a goal of yours to eat healthier? Stuck with where to start? If you need a little help, I suggest snacks, and here are some tasty treats you may want to try.

     I’m sure you’ve tried granola bars before, but what about plain granola? I love eating granola especially when I add almond butter to it. If you mix about a tablespoon of almond butter with about ⅓ a cup of your favorite granola (there are so many different kinds out there), you have the perfect snack! If you don’t have almond butter you can use peanut butter. I would recommend the natural kind that needs to be refrigerated because it doesn’t contain sugar, or you could try your granola with honey. Plus you can add dried cranberries and any kind of nuts (peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, etc.).

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One of the many kinds of granola you can find to snack on (Photo courtesy https://oldemangranola.com)

     Yogurt can also be tasty, plus you can personalize it to your taste. Grab a cup of lowfat vanilla yogurt and mix things into it such as granola, honey, almond butter, peanut butter, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, bananas, peaches, pomegranate seeds, pineapple, apples or if you’re needing a little bit of chocolate, a few chocolate chips, but not the entire bag!

Mouth watering vanilla yogurt with some of the many fresh fruits you can add to it. (Photo courtesy http://brodandtaylor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/yogurt-with-berries-for-web.jpg)

Cold vanilla yogurt with a few of the many fresh fruits you can add to it. (Photo courtesy http://brodandtaylor.com)

     If you’re looking for a veggie snack, try dipping carrots, or celery in peanut butter, or try the famous ants on a log, which is peanut butter spread over celery and “ants” or raisins walking across the “log” of celery.

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The delicious and famous “ants on a log” snack (Photo courtesy http://blissfullydomestic.com)

     Or, another veggie option, make kale chips, I know these may not sound appetizing but you might be surprised at how they taste.

     Do you like dippin’ dots ice cream? Try making some of your own but instead of ice cream, make them out of lowfat yogurt. You can use any of your favorite yogurt flavors and freeze them like dipping’ dots.

If you’ve never dipped your apple slices in peanut butter, you’re seriously missing out. Here’s another fruit dip (including peanut butter of corse!) to try. All you need to do is mix peanut butter, vanilla yogurt, and honey together. The recipe calls for about 1 cup of yogurt, 1/3 cup of peanut butter, and 1 tablespoon of honey, but I eyeballed it in a much smaller portion with more peanut butter than any other ingredient, and it smelled like peanut butter fudge!

The mouth watering fruit dip surrounded by some of the suggested fruits to eat it with (Photo courtesy www.cookingclassy.com)

The mouth watering fruit dip surrounded by some of the suggested fruits to eat it with (Photo courtesy http://cookingclassy.com)

     You could also try guacamole toast. Trade the butter you usually spread across you toast for guacamole. It could also be your breakfast. Yum!

     Now next time you snack, trade those chips and that pop for something better for  you, and who knows, maybe you will actually like it.

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