Five easy, healthy snacks

Happy Sunday! Here are a few simple snack ideas to keep you fueled all week. Keep reading for a fun trail mix idea and protein bar recommendations!

Veggie Wraps- these are seriously AMAZING! If you’re really used to eating meat this can seem a little underwhelming at first glance, but after one bite you’ll be sold.img_5113

Ingredients (yields two small tacos):

  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1/3 of an onion (any kind- can use frozen if necessary)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 small tortillas (I use Mission Soft Taco Carb Balance)
  • 2 tbs. hummus
  • 2/3 cup spinach
  • tzatziki sauce (for dipping)

The first thing you want to do is put your pan (I used a grill pan, but a skillet should work fine) on the oven and put it on medium heat. Add the olive oil to your pan and coat it. While that’s heating up, wash your veggies. Slice the zucchini lengthwise as thin as you’d like it and cut the carrots matchstick style. You can also peel the carrots, but I like them a little thicker so there’s more texture. The pan should be heated at this point, so go ahead and drop the carrots in there, adding some of the salt and pepper. While those are starting to cook (should take about 4-6 minutes) put the zucchini to the side and slice the onion, separating any big chunks. Put these with the carrots after about two minutes, but remember that we aren’t going to saute these. The zucchini should be lying flat on one side as a pancake would and the carrots and onions should be doing the same. How brown you want everything is totally your choice, but i cooked my veggies on each side for about three minutes. If your zucchini is really thin, you might want to only cook it 1-2 minutes. Once all the vegetables are on the pan, add the rest of the salt and pepper. Once their cooked, put them on low heat to keep them warm. Then put about 1 table spoon of hummus on each tortilla and coat it with a knife or spoon. Place 1/3 cup of spinach in each tortilla and flatten it down onto the hummus so it sticks. Finally, place the veggies inside the tortillas and serve with the tzatziki sauce, which really makes the dish come together. (I think next time I make this I’ll add some squash and maybe some rice or tomatoes, so feel free to try that as well!)

Trail Mix– this is certainly a smaller snack, but sometimes that’s all you need! I’m not a huge fan of buying packaged trail mix because often they’ll have added sugars or just things I don’t want, like raisins or apricots. The good thing about making your owfullsizerender-1n trail mix is that you get to customize it! I listed my usual ingredients below, but there’s no real “steps” to making this. Once you have everything you want for your snack, just toss it all together- that’s the great thing about this snack!

Ingredients (one serving):

  • 1/2 cup of granola (I am obsessed with the KIND Dark Chocolate Whole Grain Clusters, which you can pick up here. They’re delicious clusters of quinoa, granola, buckwheat, and you can read and pronounce all the ingredients.)
  • 1-2 squares of chocolate, broken into pieces (I use Lindt Extra Dark.)
  • 1/4  cup of almonds or pecans
  • optional: 1/4 cup of coconut shreds or dried fruit

Waffle “Pizza”- this snack is not only super yummy, but can also be a breakfast. Like the trail mix, the waffle “pizza” is totally easy to customize. Also, this snack is high in protein, which will hold you over longer.

Ingredients (one serving):

  • 1 waffle (I use blueberry buckwheat waffles from HEB, but I also recommend wholewheat or Kashi waffles.)
  • 1 tbs. peanut butter (if you’re allergic, try almond butter.)
  • 5 strawberries, sliced

Once you toast your waffle go ahead and spread the peanut butter on it and place the fruit right on top. Again, use whatever fruit you want and be creative! Once your waffle “pizza” is assembled, take a knife and cut it into four pieces. Enjoy!

Protein Bar- okay, so this one is kind of cheating…but sometimes you have no time and need a snack ASAP. And sometimes it’s just nice knowing you have snacks on hand that are ready to throw in your gym bag or your purse. For those reasons, protein bars are a great option. Like the trail mix, you have to be careful of the ingredients. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients on an “all natural” bar, you probably shouldn’t get it! My favorite brand for protein bars is Lärabar. They’re gluten-free, soy-free, vegan, dairy-free, and non-GMO. My favorite is the lemon bar, but I haven’t found one I haven’t liked. They also have variety packs available as well. I also love the KIND bars, but they definitely have a crunchier texture. If you aren’t allergic to nuts but aren’t a huge fan of their texture, I would recommend sticking to Lärabar.

Fro-Yo Berry Bites- anyone looking to satisfy their sweet tooth but not wreck their diet will love these! They’re yummy, refreshing, and easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 1 container of berry of choice (I  use strawberries for literally everything.)
  • 1 container of vanilla Greek yogurt

Start off by rinsing your fruit. If you have strawberries, you’ll need to cut it into desired size. Put the Greek yogurt in a separate bowl or dish and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Using a toothpick or fork, dunk each piece of fruit in the yogurt, coating it, and place it on the parchment. Repeat this until you’ve made the desired amount of fro-yo bites. Once you’re done, freeze for about two hours or until solid. You can keep these in a sealed container in the fridge or serve them immediately.

I hope you liked all of the snack ideas and will try them out! If you liked this article, you can subscribe my email below.

 

 

 

 

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