Snacking is something that we all do, whether it’s to satisfy a craving or to eliminate hunger. Isn’t it satisfying to lay on the couch with a bag of chips and to watch TV after a long day? Consuming a handful of chips might not seem like much at first, but over time, this can contribute to obesity, high blood sugar, and other various health conditions. There’s nothing wrong with snacking, but it’s what you’re eating that counts. The Hunger Actions team has compiled some snacks that are cost efficient, time saving, and delicious, so that you can have a healthy compromise! (Bonus: The kids will love it too!)
For Salty Cravings:
To make your own potato chips, wash a potato thoroughly and slice into very thin rounds (or use a mandolin to save time). Cover the rounds with a sprinkle of olive oil and salt and pepper for seasoning. Place the rounds onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 400°F/200ºC until they turn golden brown and the edges begin to curl. Let them cool, and enjoy!
Tip: This also works great for kale, sweet potato, or beets!
Popcorn itself is low in calories and contains high amounts of fiber; due to its association with movie theatres, it is often regarded as an unhealthy snack. Unflavored popcorn without any of the extra fat can not only be healthy, but also really easy to prepare! You can experiment with your own seasoning, such as various spices, healthy dips, or salt and pepper, in lieu of butter.
Make your own salsa by tossing tomatoes, bell pepper, onions and beans into a food processor (or whatever vegetables you prefer). If you don’t have a food processor, chop up your veggies finely, toss them into a bowl and season with salt and pepper for a delicious dipping sauce to serve with bread or pita. You can also just eat salsa by itself!
Tip: These would be delicious with veggie chips!
For Sweet Cravings:
Fruits are the best snacks to quench cravings for sweet food. You can eat them just the way they are or enhance their flavors with other methods of preparation. Freezing small berries and grapes are particularly delicious in the summer time (refreshing and nutrient rich). You can also make apple chips in the same way you would with veggie chips for a sweet, crunchy snack.
Guilt Free “Ice Cream”
Ice cream is absolutely delicious, but it’s hard to feel good when it’s so high in fat. To make a simple, tasty alternative, mash a banana with milk until it’s smooth and leave it in the freezer. Wait 30-40 minutes, and you will have frozen treat that you won’t feel bad about consuming.
Tip: Try adding other toppings, such as peanut butter or fruit jams for different flavors!
Cinnamon toast and a glass of milk is the perfect remedy for cold days. Take a slice of whole wheat toast and top it with some coconut oil and powdered cinnamon. Toast until golden brown, and dip the toast in honey. Absolutely delicious!
The next time you feel a craving coming on, give some of our recipes a try. We guarantee you and your family will love it! Be sure to take a look at next week’s blog post outlining some personal finance tips!