Category Archives: Snacks
Easy Snack Ideas
Sometimes you want a simple snack that tastes good and doesn’t require too much time or ingredients. Well, here are 3 options you can choose from. Two are sweet and one is salty. And you can always make your own variation of each.
Peanut Butter & Granola Apples
I recently saw this recipe in RedBook magazine and decided to give it a try. I have seen people eat peanut butter and apples before, but never with granola. I didn’t have any granola on hand so I use some rolled oats I bought at Target. All you have to do is slice an apple, spread peanut butter on one side, and cover with granola or oats. The oats I used had cocoa powder, nuts and seeds as well, but no sugar.
Cinnamon Apple Toast
This is very easy and delicious. It is a great item for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Use a piece of whole-wheat bread and spread a little butter on it. Then add apple slices and a little sprinkle of brown sugar and cinnamon. Broil in toaster oven for about 4 minutes, keep an eye on it as everyone likes their toast cooked a little different.
When there is not much in the house to eat or I just feel like some pizza, I usually make these mini pizzas. It requires the same ingredients as a regular pizza except you use Arnolds Whole Wheat sandwich thins for the crust. There are other brands of sandwich thins, but I like Arnolds the best.
In the picture, one pizza has tomato sauce, garlic powder, mozzarella and swiss cheese and fresh basil. The second pizza has tomato sauce with cheddar cheese and corn beef. The only reason I used corn beef was because we had some leftover and that was the only meat I had around. It tasted pretty good. Of course you can easily substitute pepperoni. I cooked mine in the toaster oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Make your pizza however you like. I usually like onions on mine.
Other snacks I like are mixed raw nuts, veggies and dip, cucumbers with tuna, and a small smoothie.
Do you have any favorite snack recipes? I would like to hear your unique creations, share them in the comment section below.
Spinach & Pepper Jack Hummus
I love hummus and I wanted to try making my own so I tried out this recipe. It is very tasty and makes a generous amount. You can always change it up depending on your particular taste.
What You Need
1 can of chickpeas (16 oz.) drained and rinsed
2 Tablespoons of tahini (ground sesame seeds)
2-3 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon
2 cups of fresh, roughly chopped spinach
1/4 cup of shredded pepper jack cheese
2 tablespoons of olive oil
sea salt & pepper to taste
How To Prepare
1. Put chickpeas, garlic, tahini and lemon juice in a food processor. (Don’t forget to drain and rinse the chickpeas first.)
2. Pulse until fully combined and all chickpeas are broken up.
3. Add in spinach, salt, pepper, cheese, and olive oil. Pulse until smooth and creamy.
4. Take a taste test and add more salt, pepper or lemon juice if necessary.
Serve with pita chips and refrigerate any leftover hummus.
I like to eat this with Stacys multigrain pita chips that I purchase at my local grocery store.
recipe adapted from: healthywithheather.com
Cucumbers Topped with Tuna, Dried Mango & Cranberries
This is a healthy snack idea or could even be eaten for lunch.
If you want to make it like a little sandwich, you could even put an extra cucumber slice on top.
WHAT YOU NEED
Tuna fish (prepared how you like it, read below to see my preference)
1/2 Cucumber sliced (or however many slices you want to make)
Dried fruit of your choice
HOW TO PREPARE
- Prepare tuna the way you normally would.
-I put a little bit of mayo, relish, and onions in mine.
- Cut the cucumber into slices, spread a little tuna on each slice and top with dried fruit
(my favorite is cranberries)
If you don’t like the skin you could peel it, but remember the skin has a lot of nutrients!
If you want to know the benefits of cucumber read my post here.