When hunger pangs surge, one has the urge to reach for a quick snack that may be unhealthy and processed. This isn’t the best option for those aiming for weight loss, but because it is easier to eat a packaged product than fresh food, we end up making this mistake often. And what if we told you that a simple healthy snack is not always complicated? Here are some simple healthy snack recipes recommended by dieticians.
Healthy Snack #1: Baked Banana Chips
This healthy snack packed with potassium, fiber, and Vitamin C is really easy to prepare. All you need are 10 firm and ripe bananas and some freshly squeezed lemon juice. What turns out will be a delicious, filling and guilt-free version of potato chips! With these substitutes, weight loss will not feel like a big deal.
1. Preheat your oven at around 93° Celsius.
2. Prepare a baking pan by covering it with foil and a light greasing of cooking oil.
3. Slice bananas. Thinner the slice, the more the crunch.
4. Mix the bananas and lemon juice until they are evenly coated.
5. Place the bananas on the baking tray in spaced out positions and bake for 2 hours.
6. After 2 hours, flip the bananas and bake for 1.5 more hours. You can customize the final baking time based on how crispy you want them to be.
Healthy Snack #2: Veggie Spring Rolls
This healthy vegan recipe is filling and delicious. It does need more ingredients than may be convenient, but the result is sure to be delicious!
For this recipe, you will need rice paper rounds and a number of thinly sliced veggies. This includes cucumber, avocado, purple cabbage, jalapeño, and carrots, the latter of which can be grated or julienned. You can also add spices or flavors with chili sauce, basil, cilantro, mint, and lime.
1. Let rice paper sheets soften one by one in warm water for about 30 to 60 seconds, or until soft.
2. Spread out these sheets and fill them with a bit of each vegetable. Feel free to mix the ingredients around or try out different veggies and fillings.
3. Fold the sheets over both sides and roll them up. You can serve with a spicy dipping sauce or make your own with soy sauce, siracha, and sesame oil.
Healthy Snack #3: Peanut Butter Bites
These yummy sweet treats are great for an extra energy boost. You will need oats, chia seeds, dark chocolate, peanut butter, and dates, but you can also use any nut butter instead, or swap chia for flaxseed or hemp, or omit the chocolate and add more oats and peanut butter. The treat is fully customizable!
1. Place dates into a food processer or blender. Pulse until they’re in small chunks or turn spherical.
2. Add in the other ingredients and continue until they are well mixed together. Try to make sure the ingredients come into small pieces, but are not overly processed.
3. Roll the blended mix between your hands to make balls in the size you like.
4. Place the balls into the fridge or freezer and let set for 15 minutes. You can also eat them immediately if you like!
Healthy Snack #4: Spicy Roast Chickpeas
This healthy snack is full of fiber and makes a great substitute for a crispy munch binge. All you need are two cups of boiled chickpeas and some olive oil. For flavoring, you only need chili powder, salt, cumin, and some parsley – mix them around and use what you like best!
1. Preheat your oven to 200° Celsius.
2. Make sure your chickpeas are completely dry after boiling them. Pat them with paper towels if needed.
3. Place the chickpeas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roast them in the oven for 15 minutes.
4. Remove the chickpeas and toss them in a bowl with drizzles of olive oil. Mix them with your choice of spices. Try and get all the chickpeas coated evenly.
5. Roast again in the oven for 15 minutes. They should be golden and crispy.
Try these out and we are sure you’ll thank us with each bite of the quick and super healthy snack!
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