With unseasonably warm weather reminding me that swim suit season is just around the corner (and I don’t have a prego bump as an excuse to opt out this year), I’ve been trying to eat healthier and limit my snacking. It’s obviously just a good habit anyways, but as a chronic light snacker it’s tricky.
My sister, who seeks out healthy foods due to multiple food allergies, mentioned that she had been snacking on roasted chickpeas lately. It inspired this easy, healthy snack mix that relies on zippy spices for big flavor. I’ll be able to keep this in my desk drawer at work and not feel guilty when those late afternoon munchies hit!
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas & Edamame
1 can chickpeas
1/2 bag shelled, frozen edamame – thawed
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1/4+ tsp sea salt
1/4+ tsp garlic powder
1/4+ tsp chipotle powder
Preheat oven to 400. Drain and rinse chickpeas in a colander and mix with thawed edamame. Let as much water drain as possible while you’re mixing your spices, then dab legumes with a paper towel to make as dry as possible. In a small bowl, combine cumin, brown sugar, salt, garlic and chipotle powders.
Transfer edamame and chickpeas to a medium bowl. Sprinkle spices over legumes and toss gently to evenly coat. Bake for 40-45 minutes, gently stirring every 15 minutes or so, until chickpeas are crispy on the outside. Let cool and transfer to a small bowl. Dust lightly with additional salt, chipotle and garlic if desired.
When Lincoln started on solid foods last year, I thought I had this whole food thing down pat. He ate every colorful vegetable I so lovingly pureed for him. Hooray! I do not have a finicky eater on my hands! Or so I thought…
Once Lincoln started to think a bit more independently (and by a bit, I mean VERY independent), meal and snack time began to change. My once blissful fresh produce state morphed into countless meals dropped on the floor and one frustrated mommy. I don’t necessarily believe it is the taste of the food Lincoln doesn’t like. He will eat peas one day and turn his nose the next. My little food critic decides what he will or will not eat before putting it into his mouth. So I have had to become crafty in making healthy and wholesome food for my pint sized Anthony Bourdain. If eating can be a fun experience, it is more likely the food will be consumed!
Enter: dip. The little man loves to dip his food in sauces. Most often he likes the sauce more than the dipping food. With the help of some healthy, creamy ingredients, I’ve started to create dips I feel better about than anything I can find in the store. (And they are great for moms too!)
Yogurt Veggie Dip
1 1/2 C plain Greek yogurt
1/3 C sour cream
1/2 large cucumber, finely diced
1/2 large carrot, finely grated
1 tsp dry dill
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1/2 tsp table salt
Add yogurt and sour cream to a large bowl. Stir thoroughly. Add cucumber and carrots, mix well. Add dry spices, mix well. Make sure to taste before serving to make sure the spices are to you or your child’s palette.
Serve with cut up fresh vegetables, crackers, pretzel sticks, pita bread or veggie chips.
I like to spoon the dip into individual containers. Lincoln finds himself to be pretty awesome when he has his own bowl in which to dip. It is a great and easy snack to have on hand.
If you don’t have kids, make this for yourself! It is a perfect lunchbox companion for those afternoon office munchies.
I am a girl who loves to snack. I often need to have something to munch on in between every meal in order to feel full all day. As you can imagine, this can add a lot of extra calories into my diet.
Over the years, I have developed a couple go-to snacks that curb my hunger but don’t necessarily kill my diet. All of these things are easy to keep on hand year round and can be made in a hurry. Here are my no fail healthy snacks.
-Apple slices dipped in 1 tablespoon of almond butter
-2 slices of deli turkey with a hand full of grapes
-One inch cube of hard cheese and 5 dried apricot halves
-Whole wheat crackers with low fat cream cheese sprinkled with dried cranberries
-Raw almonds mixed with dried fruit
-one whole grain toaster waffle spread with 1 tablespoon of nutella
-3 cups of air popped popcorn sprinkled with dark chocolate shavings
If you are feeling hungry throughout the day, reach for these healthy options instead of prepackaged 100 calorie packs or vending machine goodies and I promise you will have more energy and maybe even a smaller waistline!