Today’s guest post is from Karen at Karen Loves to Run. Be sure to stop by her blog and show her some love!
I don’t know about you but I love to snack. As a runner training for a handful of races, high mileage = hungry girl. It’s easy to make unhealthy snack choices (hello, chocolate covered pretzels) but lately I’ve been snacking happy at home with a few easy to make healthy snacks.
Here are some of my favorites:
Nuts are a great snack; they are packed with heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and protein. Mix some of your favorites together, add in some dried fruits and even some seeds and you’ve got your own trail mix. There are many trail mixes available at your local grocery store but I find that they are pricey and I can never find the exact combination I like. I’ve started making my own by buying larger bags of nuts, seeds and dried fruit and combining them into a large jar I keep in the kitchen. Making it at home also lets me come up with some tasty creations!
Homemade Trail Mix
- Almonds (unsalted)
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds
- Dried Cherries
- Dried Cranberries
Sometimes I roast and salt the almonds at home before putting them into the mix. It’s so simple to do:
Roasted Almonds: 4 cups almonds, 1T. canola or vegetable oil, Kosher salt on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (make sure almonds are coated in oil) pop in the oven for 12-13 minutes 350 degrees. Remove, sprinkle with desired amount of Kosher salt, set aside to cool.
Berry Sweet Parfait
This easy combination of yogurt, granola, berries topped with a bit of honey makes a sweet snack or healthy dessert. You can add in any of your favorite fruit (mine is strawberries) and make it with Greek yogurt for extra protein.
This one seems like a no brainer but until a few months ago I had never had frozen grapes, now I love them! It’s easy to pop them in the freezer for about an hour and voila! A frozen snack thats yummy and healthy.
Smoothies are a great snack anytime especially on the go or for breakfast. I make homemade freezer smoothie packets. They are perfect if you are short on time (especially if you are trying to get out the door in the morning). All you need to do is pull one out of the freezer and pop it in the blender.
- Homemade Freezer Smoothie Packets
- I find it’s easiest to prepare all of the ingredients at once and place them in a mixing bowl and toss together.
- Choose your favorite fruits (I prefer fresh but you can do this with frozen fruit as well) and divide into smaller portions. I save mine in snack size plastic bags and label them.
- You can pick and choose what you add into your smoothie I’ve been using: coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, a pinch of Flax seed or Chia seed, and my favorite…spinach! Adding spinach into your smoothie is a great way to boost it’s health benefits. My tip for green smoothies: stick to only a few fruits and make sure it’s something you love, the fruit flavor will overpower the spinach. I made a pineapple, banana and spinach smoothie.
I hope these ideas keep you snacking happy though out the day!
Question: What is your favorite at home healthy snack to make?