Do you love healthy snacks? With so many people being able to share amazing ideas for delicious tasty treats online, people looking for better nutrition have proven that food you eat in between meal time can be both nutritious and flavorful. Check out these 10 healthy and clean snacks.
1. Overnight Oats
A lot of people tend to think of oats for breakfast, but lots of people use oats in their food for all kinds of meals around the world. Overnight Oats are easy and great for your heart. They’re also really high in fiber, which is something that a lot of people don’t really get enough of. When you get enough fiber it can prevent you from having serious issues in the gut. You can take a mason jar with a lid, and put ½ cup of steel cut oats, a cup of your favorite almond milk, 2 tablespoons of vanilla vegan protein powder, and 1 tablespoon almond butter. Shake and leave overnight. Add a few frozen cherries for an additional sweetness!
2. Guacamole Dip
This one is super easy, and you only need a couple of ingredients. Avocado is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids and many of its components are antioxidants. That means that it can help you to fight off disease in a few different ways. All you need is 2 – 3 avocados, a ½ teaspoon of seasalt, a teaspoon of black pepper, 1-2 drops #cilantro essential oil and 1 roma tomato. If you want to give it a bit of a kick, you can try grinding or mincing up a jalapeno to add to it. Put it with your favorite seed crackers for a healthy snack.
3. Handful of Nuts
Nut’s are one of nature’s best snacks. They’re pretty easy to find at most stores, and they’re high in protein. Regular roasted nuts are okay, but raw nuts are better. If you’re looking to get the most out of your hand earned cash, go with almonds.
4. Roasted Chickpeas
If you’ve never had roasted chickpeas, then you’ve been missing out. Chickpeas are a high protein and have great benefits for the gut because they help feed important colonies of gut flora. This helps your good bacteria to keep the harmful types of bacteria at bay. They also have the added benefit that they are what have been called, slow carbs because of how they break down in your body. This process helps them to keep you full for longer, so they’re the perfect thing for staving off hunger. Just rinse and hand dry some chickpeas. Toss them with virgin olive oil and your favorite spices. Bake at 200°C until they reach a golden brown color. You can let them cool and snack away! (Along with my spices I love to toss with 3-4 drops each #blackpepper essential oil and with #turmeric essential oil )
5. Handful of Trail Mix
It doesn’t take a whole lot to put together your very own trail mix. Just select 5 of your favorite nuts. If you want to make sure it’s not too expensive, pad it with one of the cheaper nuts. Select one or two dried fruits that you love, and there you go.
6. Kale Chips
Kale has been one of the most celebrated foods by health and nutrition experts in years. In the last 10 – 15 years this leafy vegetable has made its way into everything from salads to smoothies in a coup that could dethrone the most beloved of vegetables, but there’s one more thing that you might not know, and it’s that this king of greens makes a great chip. Just preheat your oven to 165°C. While the oven is heating, rip the kale into small sections. Wash and dry the pieces, then place them on a surface with olive oil and your seasons selection. Bake until crispy.
7. Frozen Blueberries
It’s as simple as it sounds. All you need is some blueberries, and you freeze them. Find them fresh at your local grocery, and it’s even better if they’re locally sourced little blue fruit. They make a great sweet treat, or you can blend them into a smoothie. It’s another great way to get those antioxidants.
8. Apple Slices with Almond Butter Drizzle
Apples have been tied to health for years, and many people swear by them as a general remedy for hunger pains. Apples are also super high in fiber and pectin, so you can have one and know that your skin and liver will thank you for the extra help. Simple and delicious, just a few slices of apple with a very dainty thin drizzle of almond butter over the top. Full of protein, and a great way to settle that craving for sweet things.
9. Freshly Sprouted Salad
Sprouted salads are well known for their nutrient rich greens. High protein selections like those with beans will keep you satiated for longer periods. There are a million ways to enjoy these salads, so it’s best if you get out there and experiment.
10. Almond Butter Covered Rice Cakes
Almond butter is a high protein spread that is also high in fiber. If you rub a spoonful of almond butter on each of two rice cakes, you’re have a fast, tasty snack that can get your through morning.