Whether you’re looking to lose weight or just want to lead a healthier life, it can be hard to make sure you’re filling your diet with good food that will not only give you energy, but provide necessary nutrients for your body. Preparing three full meals can be tough, and your body might also need an extra boost throughout the day. While snacking gets a bad reputation, if you’re eating healthy snacks, there’s nothing to worry about. Check out our three favorite guilt-free snacks!
Apricot-Walnut Cereal Bars
This recipe from EatingWell is a great way to start your morning and a quick treat to replace other granola or cereal bars. This recipe is full of protein! You can also get creative by trying out other fruit and nut combinations. Have fun with this one!
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup chopped walnuts (2 ounces)
3 cups unsweetened puffed-grain cereal, such as Kashi
2 cups chopped dried apricots
¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
12 ounces silken tofu, drained (about 1 ⅓ cups)
1 large egg
½ cup canola oil
1 cup honey
2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Apply cooking spray or butter to a large jellyroll-style pan.
- Lightly toast oats and walnuts using a baking sheet. This should take 8 to 10 minutes. Mix lightly toasted oats and walnuts with puffed cereal, dried apricots, flour, and salt.
- Puree tofu, egg, oil, honey, vanilla, and lemon zest in a food processor or blender until completely smooth.
- Make a well in the middle of the oat mixture and mix in the tofu blend until completely combined. Pour into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool before cutting into bars.
Baked Kale Chips
Are you addicted to salty snacks? Always munching on potato chips? These kale chips are for you then! AllRecipes has a great recipe for baked kale chips. Kale chips are a great alternative to other salty snacks that are higher in fat and are packed full of nutrients.
1 bunch of kale
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- With a knife, remove the leaves from the stems and break into bite-sized pieces.
- Sprinkle salt over the kale pieces and mix with a little bit of olive oil.
- Bake until crisp. This should take about 10 to 15 minutes.
Spiced Chickpea “Nuts”
For those of you who love snacking on nuts, try this great alternative! EatingWell has a fabulous recipe for spiced chickpeas that are much lower in fat than nuts and are also full of protein and fiber. Make it your own by adding your favorite spices to the mix!
1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, rinsed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees and position rack in top third of the oven.
- Make sure chickpeas are completely dried. Toss them in a bowl with all the ingredients. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until browned – about 25 to 30 minutes. Make sure to move the chickpeas around once or twice. Let cool for 15 minutes.
Enjoy making these tasty snacks!