Snacking is often the evil culprit of unhealthy eating, as discussed in previous articles. Swamping out a few mediocre ingredients in cooking and baking can make a huge difference to you overall wellbeing.
Also, exchanging a few simple items in prepared snacks will get you back on track to healthy eating.
Craving something salty?
Kale chips are a great alternative for potato chips.
Toss kale leaves (thick spine removed) with olive oil and a light sprinkle of salt or seasonings of your choice and bake at 275 degrees F for 20 minutes (or until crisp) turning over halfway through. *Try with lemon salt: mix some fresh lemon zest with sea salt and pinch of dried garlic (optional) cover with lid and shake so that the oils from the lemon zest coat the salt.
Popcorn instead of potato chips.
Natural popcorn is a good source of fibre and has fewer calories and fat than greasy potato chips. Almost any flavouring lends itself nicely to popcorn. For example, try grating some fresh Parmesan cheese on top.
When having dip substitute Veggies for pita or bread.
Fresh, cold, crisp veggies are a no brainer. They accompany dips like hummus, babaganouj and spinach dip perfectly, instead of dry pieces of bread.
Edamame hummus is a great alternative to regular chick pea hummus.
Hummus is a fantastic source of protein and comes in a variety of flavours and while regular chick pea hummus is still packed with nutrients, give edamame hummus a try some time. Edamame beans are loaded with protein about 17g for a 155g serving. Turned into a hummus or other kind of dip, it’s a sure way to maximize protein intake.
Cacao nibs for chocolate in trail mix/ homemade trail mix over store bought.
While trail mixes are tasty and could be a very nutritious snack, most end up being loaded with sugar. In many mixes, the dried fruit is coated in a layer of sugar and candy coated chocolate is added. Homemade trail mix is simple to make and delicious. It’s a better alternative, rather than purchasing the store bought varieties.
Combine unsalted roasted almonds, cashews and any other nut of choice, toss in large shredded flakes of coconut, cacao nibs and dried goji berries for a superb trail mix. Be sure to keep the mix in the fridge if using goji berries, to ensure optimal freshness.
Frozen Yogurt for ice cream.
Frozen yogurt is just as scrumptious as ice cream with less fat and tons of protein. If you can find frozen greek yogurt, you can also freeze it yourself and reap all the benefits of 0% fat greek style yogurt.
Banana “ice cream” for ice cream.
Ice cream is wonderful and is a great little treat after a hearty meal, but ice cream can contain a lot of fat and sugar. A tasty snack that is just like ice cream without all the extras is simply bananas! Yes bananas. Freeze a few bananas, puree and enjoy. It’s as simple as that.
*Freeze over-ripe bananas, whole. When frozen remove skins with vegetable peeler.
Note: 3 bananas store perfectly in a Häagen-Dazs container.