Easy Healthy Snacks

Easy Healthy Snacks

Are you still trying to eat better and healthier? I know, it’s hard. So many people have explained to me that they just have a hard time thinking of snacks to replace the cookies, cake and ice cream. I’ve listed a few easy things that may help.

– “Ants on a log”- spread a nut butter such as almond butter onto a celery stick and roll it in raisins.

– “Banana ice cream”- peel a number of very ripe bananas (almost too ripe). Break them into one-inch pieces and freeze. When you need a sweet icy snack, pull out a few frozen bananas and put in the blender or the “nutra-blender”. The nutra-blender is a quick clean up. Blend the bananas with a very small amount of water or juice. Serve immediately. You can add carob powder, a flavored liquid stevia like the chocolate raspberry, or frozen berries to the blender for different flavors.

– Sticks of carrot, celery,jicama, cucumber, red, yellow, or green bell peppers.

– Sprouted Essene bread and apple slices. You can get Essene bread at most local health food grocery stores.

– Whole grain crackers with almond butter or a nut butter.

-Almonds and raisins mixture.

-Air popped popcorn

– Cupcakes made using whole grain flour and honey or molasses as the sweetener

– Popsicles made with fresh, unsweetened juice frozen in popsicle makers

-Frozen blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, banana chunks

-Herb teas frozen to make popsicles

– Here is a “special occasion candy” recipe:

1 cup natural almond butter or a nut butter
1/2 cup carob powder
1/2 cup ripe mashed banana
2 tsp. natural vanilla

Mix all the ingredients. Shape into balls and roll in cinnamon or unsweetened coconut. Press a walnut half into the center top. Store in refrigerator.

Try your hand at being creative. It just takes a few minutes to concentrate on it and you may surprise yourself with a great snack you can come up with.

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