Healthy Snacks

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Grilled Banana
Bananas are great raw right out of the peel, but you can do wonders to their flavor if you grill or roast them first.

Sometimes you can foresee the need for a snack, and if you have a tinge of hunger and you know it’s going to be full blown in about 10 minutes, get started on this banana snack and you’ll be all set.

It’s good to smell the roasted flavor and get good and ready for a snack right when the timer dings.

What You Need:
1 Ripe Banana
Cinnamon (optional)

Steps:
Peel and grill banana on a George Foreman until properly browned. Alternatively, peel bake it in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes.

Low Calorie Grilled Bananas

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Exotic Smoothie
One way to satisfy a snack craving is to use foods that you don’t typically eat. It gives the snack a novelty fee, and tells the brain that you’re not going without, but rather that you have plenty of different foods at your disposal. This may just end up being your go-to smoothie, which is quite alright.

What You Need:
Mango, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Pomegranates (choose fruits you don’t often eat, avoid common fruits like apples, bananas, and berries)
1 cup Coconut Milk
1 cup Ice

Steps:
Add everything into the blender and smoothie it up.

Tropical Smoothie

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Buffalo Kale Chips
These chips will satisfy your buffalo wing craving without adding to your midsection. They’re not deep fried, and not fried at all, but will come out crispy and crunchy and loaded with spicy buffalo wing flavor.

What You Need:
1 bunch Curly Kale
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp Buffalo Wing Sauce Powder

Steps:
Rinse and dry kale with a paper towel. Place on baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with wing sauce powder. For extra flavoring use a large ziplock freezer bag to shake the kale around in the powder for a thicker and more evenly distributed coating. Place in 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until kale is crunchy and chip-like.

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Homemade Pudding
Making your own snacks from scratch is a surefire way to stay on the healthy side and avoid chemicals and additives that find their way into pre-packaged food. While it may be easier to buy the pudding packs at the store, you’ll find that by having to make the pudding at home you aren’t tempted to have a pudding every time you open the fridge and see the pudding staring back at you.

What You Need:
1 Avocado
1 tbsp Cacao Powder
1 tbsp Peanut Butter
1 tbsp Milk

Steps:
Break out the food processor and add everything to it. Blend until it looks like pudding. Chill for maximum effect, or eat it straight up if you’re in emergency mode.

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Creamy Berries
Berries of all types are great for a snack because they’ll give you energy, fiber, and protection from free radicals from the antioxidants they contain. They also have a tarty sweetness to them that is very satisfying.

Add to that some cream in the form of coconut cream, and you’ve got everything you need for a healthy snack that does everything from satisfy a craving to hold you over for an hour or so.

What You Need:
1 handful Berries (recommended: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
1/2 cup Coconut Cream

Steps:
Add the berries to the cream and stir it up for a quick snack.

Healthy Creamy Berry Snack

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Chocolate Coconut Milk
Dark chocolate will be your friend in times of need when you’re trying to stay healthy and prevent yourself from indulging in unhealthy snacks. Here’s a take on a classic, with a coconut twist that makes it more than just a glass of chocolate milk.

What You Need:
1 squares Dark Chocolate (at least 70%)
8 oz Milk (skim or 2%)
1 tsp Toasted Coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (optional, for a thicker shake-style drink and more protein)

Steps:
Melt the dark chocolate and pour into the milk. Add in the toasted coconut. Blend until properly mixed, or stir if you don’t mind chewing on the coconut flakes.

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DIY Sorbet
Keeping a supply of sorbet on hand is a great way to cool down in the summer and give yourself a sweet treat when you’re looking for a pick-me-up between meals.

This sorbet will provide you with antioxidants, and is dairy free so you can enjoy it without worrying about an upset stomach later. Honey is used in lieu of refined sugar, giving it sweetness without slowing you down.

What You Need:
1 cup Fresh Strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup Kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 tsp Raw, Organic Honey
1 tbsp Coconut Cream

Steps:
Blend all ingredients until well-mixed. Place in storage container and freeze until solid. Portioning it off before freezing is a great idea rather than freezing it all in one big container.

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Sweet French Fries
These are french fries that are sweet in a few different ways. They use sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, and there’s honey added to really bring out the sweetness. You’ll be getting plenty of Vitamin A, which should give you some energy to make it through the rest of your workday or just to get you to dinner.

What You Need:
1 large Sweet Potato
1 tsp Organic Honey
1 dash Cinnamon (optional)

Steps:
Bake the sweet potatoes for 10 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Remove from oven and drizzle honey over the fries. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until honey has caramelized.

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Curry Shrimp Cocktail
A traditional shrimp cocktail relies heavily on the cocktail sauce for its flavor. In this version we’re going to give the shrimp themselves a robust flavor before dunking them in the sauce. The combination of different flavors keeps the palate interesting and allows you to go easy on the sauce while still feeling like you’re having a treat.

What You Need:
1 dozen Peel and Eat Shrimp
1 tbsp Curry Powder
1 tbsp Cocktail Sauce

Steps:
Peel the shrimp and coat with curry powder and serve with a side of cocktail sauce.

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Cheese and Whole Grain Crackers
Cheese and crackers is a time-tested snack that’s guaranteed to satisfy, especially when you doctor it up so it’s healthier. Whole grain crackers will make sure that you’re getting important minerals and extra fiber compared to ordinary crackers.

The cheese you go with is also important, and we’ve given our recommendation below. If you go the feta route be sure to buy it in blocks so you can cut it into slices.

What You Need:
4-8 slices Cheese (recommended: Feta, Swiss, Cheddar)
4-8 Whole Grain Crackers

Steps:
Place cheese on crackers and enjoy. Optionally you can add a dab of dijon mustard if the combination is too dry.

Cheese and Whole Grain Crackers

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Chipotle Edamame
Edamame is the trendy appetizer that is showing up more and more on restaurant menus, but you can easily enjoy this at home. Here we’re jazzing it up with some chipotle peppers and the adobo sauce they come with.

What You Need:
1 cup Edamame
1-3 Chipotle peppers
1 tbsp Adobo Sauce
1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Steps:
Fry up the edamame in the olive oil keeping it in its pod. Add in the chipotles with sauce, and continue stirring until the edamame has soaked up the sauce. If you like spicy things, eat the peppers, if not stick to the edamame, which is now infused with the chipotle flavor.

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Cucumber Roulade
Roulade is just a fancy name for a roll, but just because it’s snack time doesn’t mean we can’t class it up. Making things look pretty enough to be served as appetizers will only serve to make you feel special and make the snack that much more enjoyable.

What You Need:
1 Cucumber
1/2 cup Organic Cream Cheese
3 slices Turkey Breast

Steps:
Slice the cucumbers lengthwise to form nice thin strips for rolling. Spread cream cheese unto the strips. Lay turkey onto the cream cheese. Roll up the cucumber strip until it looks something like a cinnamon roll.

Cucumber Roulade

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~ by Colorful Soul on 05/06/2014.

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