After about a month of indulging on quarantine snacks, I decided it was about time to start making some healthy snacks for satisfaction in order to get back on my health grind. Over the last couple of weeks, I have discovered some of my favorite quick and easy snacks to make with the ingredients that I already had.
Banana “Ice Cream”
Peel a banana, break it into chunks, and put it in a Ziploc bag to freeze overnight. When the banana is frozen, put that banana and a little bit of yogurt or milk into a blender and blend until it’s the consistency of frozen yogurt. I’m absolutely obsessed with this one. It honestly tastes like a banana ice cream and it’s so much healthier!
Smoothies are amazing and easy to make at home. Blend frozen fruit of your choice with milk, water, or juice that you have and enjoy! I love adding spinach in my drinks because it makes me feel extra healthy even though the smoothie doesn’t taste like spinach at all. They are my favorite way to get in a lot of my nutrients.
When I was at college, going to Playa Bowls was absolutely one of my guilty pleasures. Michelle and I recreated the acai bowls that we usually order at home and realized it was super easy and cheaper too. Trader Joe’s sells frozen acai bowl blocks that have easy to follow directions. We then just cut up some granola fruit and put it on top. You could also add peanut butter, Nutella, honey, etc. to top it off! These are great to make at home because it’s also super customizable.
Yogurt, especially unsweetened or Greek yogurt, is a super healthy snack. It’s super easy to recreate this snack at home by just adding granola and fruit on top!
Apples with Peanut Butter
This one is self-explanatory. Put some peanut butter on some sliced apples and you have a quick and healthy snack choice! I use powdered peanut butter, to which you add water to achieve a normal peanut butter consistency. I think it’s a very good low-calorie replacement for normal peanut butter.
Chia Seed Pudding
Soak chia seeds in milk overnight in the fridge. In the morning, drizzle some honey over it, and top it off with some fruit. There are many benefits to having chia seeds and I was obsessed with this one a couple of years ago.
Frozen Muscat Grapes
Muscat grapes are some of my favorite fruits. They are super sweet and taste like candy. I typically get a bag of them at Whole Foods. I like to freeze my grapes and then eat them later and even though they are fruit, they really do taste like dessert candy.
We all know garlic bread is full of carbs and fat, especially with how much oil they’re typically drenched with. But there’s a way around all that excess oil. Toast slices of bread until they are crunchy. Take a chunk of garlic and just start rubbing it on your toast. Small pieces of garlic will come off onto the coarse bread for that garlic bread taste without all of that oil. When done, drizzle with a little bit of olive oil and sprinkle some herbs on top for maximum garlic bread vibes.
Bruschetta may seem like a fancy snack, but it’s actually really easy to make. Essentially, you need to gently brown some garlic with some olive oil in a saucepan, and add some chopped basil and tomatoes into that mixture when it has cooled. This would be perfect with the healthy garlic bread from the recipe above. Sprinkle parmesan and balsamic vinegar on top if you desire.
Steamed edamame might just be my favorite healthy snack! Steam or boil some edamame and add some salt and pepper for the best movie snack. I typically get a big bag that’s frozen from Costco so that it’s super cheap too!
Sweet Potato “Chips”
Slice some sweet potatoes as thinly as you would like, drizzle a little bit of oil on them and either bake or air fry them! Super delicious, super easy, but also healthy.
Mash up some avocado and spread it on some whole wheat bread (or bread of your choice). Add some seasonings or an egg on and enjoy.
Trail mix is another great idea for a healthy snack to make at home. If you have some nuts or some dark chocolate, raisins or any other dried fruit, combining everything to make a trail mix might just be the best way to enjoy a quick and healthy but also balanced snack.
Originally published at http://merakibeans.com on May 18, 2020.