Five Healthy Snack Recipes made with REAL FOOD to Keep You Energized
One of the amazing things about being your own boss is that you have the time to cook healthy, nourishing meals on whatever schedule suits you best. Still, there’s something to be said for delicious food that’s quick and easy to make. Fast food doesn’t have to mean FAT food filled with additives, chemicals and junk.
Here’s some of my favorite snacks made with REAL FOOD to promote healthy, clean eating for busy people on-the-go.
Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
These sweet and salty nuts come in handy when I’m traveling with my family, especially when I have a sweet tooth. Recently I made these in Rome to keep me satisfied for a busy day of work and sightseeing. Nuts are great because their high protein and “good fat” content keeps you fuller for longer. You’ll need just three ingredients:
2 cups of almonds
3 tbsp. maple syrup
½ tbsp. cinnamon
Combine 2 cups of almonds in a bowl with 3 tbs. of maple syrup and ½ tbs. of cinnamon. Roast the almonds on a baking sheet in the oven for 20 minutes at 325 F, and that’s it! Make sure to let them cool before snacking. It’s hard to wait, isn’t it?
Avocado Egg Salad on Whole Wheat Toast
Have you seen the avocado on toast craze? Here’s a quick, healthy spin on the trendy toast phenomenon. The avocado and egg salad is picked with protein, Vitamin B2 and potassium. The whole-wheat toast or bagel will give you a quick boost of fiber. The recipe also includes a bit of apple cider vinegar to promote overall wellness – what can’t apple cider vinegar fix? It’s the best! You’ll need:
8 whole eggs – hardboiled, peeled and cooled
2 whole avocados – pitted and scooped
2 tbsp. real mayonnaise
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. turmeric
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
1.5 tbsp. finely chopped red onion
2 tbsp. fresh parsley
Combine the ingredients together into a bowl. Once it’s all mixed together, load up a whole-wheat piece of toast or a bagel with a generous amount of egg salad. Simple and quick to whip up – enjoy! Go ahead, have seconds.
Turkey, Goat Cheese and Avocado Rolls
This is a power snack loaded with nutrients. The best part? It’s low carb! You’re wrapping up the best bits with romaine lettuce. All of the ingredients will supply you with some much-needed protein and energy to get you through a long day.
4 leaves romaine lettuce
4 slices nitrite-free smoked turkey (or roast beef)
4 tbsp. soft goat cheese
4 tbsp. chopped walnuts (or pecans)
4 slices medium avocado
Chopped red bell pepper (for garnish, optional)
Top each lettuce leaf with 1 turkey slice, 1 tbsp. of goat cheese, 1 tsp. of walnuts and 1 slice of avocado. Roll it up and garnish with a chopped bell pepper, if desired. It’s a triple threat: Healthy, delicious AND fast! You’ll love it.
“Potato” Salad with Cauliflower Florets
If you’re willing to spend a few extra minutes prepping this snack, you’ll be glad you did! Cauliflowers can fool even the most zealous of carb-lovers. Plus, it’s filled with loads of vitamins and minerals, like 77% of your daily recommended Vitamin C. Here’s a “potato” salad recipe with cauliflower in place of the carb-rich potatoes we all know and love.
2 large cauliflower heads – washed and broken into small florets
1.5 dozen eggs – hard-boiled
1 bunch of green onions
5 sweet pickles
3 dill pickles
2 tbsp. real mayonnaise
2 tbsp. sweet relish
1 tsp. mustard
1/8 tsp. salt
Dash of paprika to taste
Steam the cauliflower florets until soft when poked with a fork, about 20 minutes. Chill cauliflower in the refrigerator. Peel the eggs when cool, and set aside 8 eggs for the garnish. Chop the remaining eggs, the green onions, the sweet pickles and the dill pickles. Mix together with the cauliflower in a large bowl. Add the mayonnaise, sweet relish, and the mustard. If desired, add more mayonnaise and mustard. Add the salt and stir well.
For the garnish, slice the 8 eggs, and arrange on top of the salad beginning in the center. Sprinkle paprika lightly over the top. Cover and chill.
How much do you love cauliflower right now? With all of its amazing health benefits, it’s hard not to. This snack can also be served as a side dish or main dish for lunch and dinner. It’s up to you!
This delicious, crunchy treat is perfect for springtime. Remember: When it comes to vegetables, the more the color, the better. Here’s what you’ll need:
3 roma tomatoes, cored and diced
1-2 jalapeno peppers, stems removed, seeded and diced (add more/less to taste)
1 large red bell pepper, cored and diced
1 large orange bell pepper, cored and diced
1 large yellow bell pepper, cored and diced
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro, loosely-packed
2/3 cup chopped red onion (about half of a small red onion)
2 tsp. freshly-squeezed lime juice (about 1 large lime)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1 small bag tortilla chips
Combine the tomatoes, jalapeno, bell peppers, black beans, corn, cilantro and red onion in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the lime juice, garlic powder, cumin and salt until combined. Add the juice to the bowl of salsa. Then toss everything until combined.
Done! How easy was that? Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 48 hours.