Very excited to have my first ever Guest Blogger- Patty Javier Gomez from:
I met Patty a few months ago, as we were both cooking dinners for DINNERPARTYYVR.
Patty is sharing some Healthy Snack Ideas on the blog today!!
Snacking is a great way to curb hunger and incorporate healthy foods into your diet. Healthy snacking can be easy and fun, and a great way to get creative in your kitchen with your family!
Benefits of snacking include:
– Keeping your insulin from crashing.
-Sustain energy levels.
-Improve diet Quality-Snacking is a good way to introduce nutrient dense foods into your diet.
-Snacking helps fuel the body to prepare for and recover from exercise.
-Snacking is inversely related to body weight and may promote a healthier diet.
Here are some tips on how to integrate healthy snack options to your diet:
-Stock up your pantry and cupboards with healthy snacks.
-Make your snacks for the week ahead of time-Chop veggies, make a big batch of hummus at the beginning of the week and store in the fridge.
– When buying snack foods, read labels and avoid any made with Trans Fats.
-Avoid low fat foods- these items are pumped full of refined sugars.
-Make your food tasty so you will enjoy it- Trying kale chips for the first time? Add herbs and spices to your liking, just cause it’s healthy doesn’t mean it has to taste awful.
Healthy snack ideas to choose from:
- Apples and Nut butter
- Veggies and Hummus
- Organic popcorn-Add some sea salt paprika and olive oil! Get creative with your toppings using herbs and spices from your pantry.
- Pre-soaked Nuts and seed mix (soak your nuts in water overnight and dry on a cookie sheet in the oven on low, add seal salt and other flavours if you want)
- Protein balls
- Avocado stuffed with homage salsa
- Avocado with S&P and lime drizzle
- Yogurt with nuts, seeds and honey
- Kale chips
Patty and I made some Protein Energy Balls. They were delicious and you can even customize them!
Protein Energy Balls
1 cup dry Oats- we used Gluten free
1 cup of Nut butter
1/2 Cup of Honey
1/2 Cup nuts & Seeds ( omit if you have allergies)
1/4 Cup raisins or Cacao chips
2-3 Tb ground flax seeds or hemp seeds
1. Mix ingredients together in a bowl
2. Make into small balls
3. Put in container lined with parchment paper
4. Chill in fridge for an hour ( we put ours in the freezer for about 20 min so we could eat the right away!)
We also worked on these Roasted (Spiced) Chickpeas
2 cups of Chickpeas*
1 tsp Extra virgin Olive oil
Option 1 for topping:
option 2 for topping:
1.Dry chickpeas well with clean cloth/towel
2. Bake at 375F for 45 min or until they are crispy
3. Toss with olive oil and spices/herbs ( for the spices we added just a pinch and taste it to see if it was to our satisfaction, make sure to start with small amounts!)of our choice we made two different options!
*Dried Chickpeas-put in slow cooker submerged in water on low over night, they will to bake/eat the net day!
*Canned Chickpeas-Make sure to rinse well after opening!
Thank you so much Patty for sharing these healthy snack ideas with my readers!
Make sure to check out Patty’s website, because she offers healthy eating cooking classes & workshops!