November 13, 2020 4 min read
Sometimes you're just too hungry to wait for mealtime, and your stomach is making those embarrassing rumbles. You need a snack. It's easy to go for commercial snacks to keep the hunger pangs away but you really don't have to. With a little bit of effort, you can make yourself a homemade, healthy snack.
Here are some healthy snacks recipes you can try out and avoid giving in to junk food.
Imagine a cookie with no flour, no eggs, no butter, and no messy dough. If you're lousy at making conventional cookies, these are the cookies for you. And just because you're on an eat-healthy diet, doesn't mean you have to give up cookies. These cookies are as healthy as they get. Made primarily of bananas and oats, they pack essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber to give a tasty, energy-filled, and healthy snack. Bananas have a lot of sugar, and oats have lots of fiber, so you'll have energy and you won't feel hungry for a long time. Here's how you make them.
Granola bars should be healthy but commercial ones can get a little too sugary for comfort. They're a good source of protein, fiber, and even vitamins, depending on additional ingredients. Fortunately, they're not that hard to make at home, and you can choose to use organic ingredients only. Here is one of the most popular simple no-bake healthy snacks recipes.
This is one of the easiest healthy snacks recipes for a sweet tooth. All you need to do is cut the dates open, take out the pits and replace them with nut butter, like peanut or almond butter. With this simple snack, you've got your sugar boost, and the protein will stave off hunger for a while.
Avocados are packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbs, and healthy fats. They're tasty and filling, and provide a creamy twist to any meal.
Apples are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They also have the soluble fiber pectin in the apple skin. Pectin promotes good digestion, reduces acid reflux, helps with iron absorption, and helps to control blood sugar. The fruity sugars in the apple make it an excellent energy snack as it provides the sugars needed to burn energy.
The nut butter contains proteins and healthy fats which take time to digest and keep hunger pangs away while still providing energy.
Simply cut the apple up into slices and spread nut butter on the cut surface. You can be creative and add other ingredients like dried fruit and muesli onto the butter, and enjoy.
Sometimes you don't really want to eat anything, you just want a drink. Instead of going for a soda, why not make a cool watermelon smoothie?
Watermelons are about 92% water, so they're perfect for rehydrating on a hot summer afternoon. Simply blend the watermelon and refrigerate it. You can mix in other fruits like lemon, strawberries, or bananas. You can also mix in some mint or basil for a fresh, tingling flavor. If you like it thick, blend the melons with vanilla yogurt, whose taste complements that of the melon.
Avoid using ice cubes to cool the smoothie. Because the watermelon already has so much water, the ice cubes will dilute the melon taste when they melt. You can refrigerate the watermelon overnight to make sure it is cool enough, or simply stick the smoothie into the fridge to cool it.
You never know when the food craving is going to strike, so it's a good idea to have some easy healthy snacks recipes to turn to. That way, you can snack with a clear conscience. Try the recipes discussed in this post and start enjoying your snack times!