I used to buy snacks…. pretzels, small crackers, peanuts, cashews and, occasionally, potato chips (crisps).
Life changed…. Mon mari became a T1 diabetic and really couldn’t have snacks around, particularly snacks that offered no health benefits (crisps).
That gave me a really good excuse to not eat them either – and shed those pounds that had been stuck forever.
However, we both missed having that occasional bit of something to munch on.
My solution was to keep a big basket of nuts on the counter. We have almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts in the shell. We can’t just grab a handful on the run. We have to stop, crack them open, and pick the nut out of the shell. It’s a mindful way of snacking.
If you prefer your snacks to be less labor intensive here are some healthy ideas to play with – as long as you’re staying home anyway….
2 Healthy and Quick Snack Recipes You Really Should Try
Snacks, if well thought out, can play a major role when it comes to health. For example, they can boost nutrient intake, help maintain sufficient energy levels, and assist the body to recover after an exercise or vigorous physical activity. In this post, you’ll learn about two healthy and quick snack recipes you can try at home. You will also discover the nutritional values of the individual snacks you can make on your own.
Granola Bars Recipe
The granola bar recipe is ready in just 15 minutes. The result is ten absolutely delicious and gluten-free snack bars that are fairly healthy. Plus, this recipe uses readily available ingredients, some of which you may already have in your kitchen. What’s more, no special equipment is needed for the job except that which you already have in the kitchen.
What You Will Need
- Food processor
- Large mixing bowl
- A source of heat
- An oven(optional)
- 8×8-inch baking dish/small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper
- A drinking glass
- Parchment paper or plastic wrap
- Chopping board
- An airtight container(optional)
- 1-1/2 cups rolled-gluten-free oats.
- 1 cup pitted dates ( dates that have had their seeds removed). You can source these from your Home Chef meal kit if you are a subscriber. You can read this engaging review before subscribing to the company as a beginner. In a nutshell, Home Chef is a good alternative to Hello Fresh and Sun Basket. These are some of the best meal delivery services on the market right now.
- 1/4 cup almond butter or creamy salted natural peanut butter.
- 1 cup roasted, unsalted, loosely chopped almonds.
- 1/4 cup honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup.
- Optional additions: banana chips, chocolate chips, nuts, vanilla, and dried fruit.
- Using the food processor, process the dates to form a dough-like substance with tiny bits of dates.
- Optional: Preheat your oven to 350-degree F and toast your oats and almonds(if you don’t want to use them raw) until slightly golden brown or for 10-15 minutes.
- Otherwise, place the almonds, oats, and dates in the mixing bowl and set this aside.
- Next, warm the honey/agave nectar/maple syrup and peanut butter in the saucepan over low heat.
- Now, stir in the oat-almond-date mixture. Make sure to break up the dates and disperse them throughout the mixture.
- Next, transfer the mixture to the baking dish or small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily.
- Using the glass, press it down firmly until uniformly flattened.
- Thereafter, cover it with parchment/plastic wrap, and let it firm up in the fridge for about15 minutes.
- After that, remove from the refrigerator and chop into 10 even bars.
- Serve with milk or any other drink of your choice and put the remaining bars in an airtight container, storing them in the refrigerator.
Nutritional Value Per Serving(1 bar of granola)
- Carbohydrates–33.9 g
- Sugar: 20.7 g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 5.45 g
- Fiber–4.4 g
- Polyunsaturated Fat–2.47 g
- Saturated Fat–1.2 g
- Potassium–332 mg
- Calcium–61.72 mg
- Sodium–30 mg
- Iron–1.25 mg
- Vitamin A–33 IU
Roasted Groundnuts Recipe
This recipe yields two roasted peanut servings. A rich source of calcium and iron, minerals that play some critical roles in the body. For example, calcium helps maintain strong bones by supporting their structure and hardness. It also enables nerves to carry messages between the brain and every body part and muscle to move.
What You Will Need
- A frying pan of medium size.
- A source of heat.
- A tablespoon.
- A plate.
- 1 cup shelled peanuts (groundnuts)
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Turn your cooktop on and place the pan over the heat
- Heat the olive oil over medium heat
- Add nuts and salt.
- Using the spoon, stir the nuts continuously so that they don’t stick on the cooking pot and get burned.
- Once they have roasted enough, changing in coloration from deep red to light brown and starting to shed skin, remove the pan and turn off the heat.
- Note: At this point, the pan will be hot enough to continue roasting the nuts. As such, you want to transfer the nuts immediately to the plate.
- Finally, serve with coffee, tea, or your favorite drink.
Nutritional Value Per Serving(Half cup of peanuts / groundnuts)
- Protein–38 g.
- Monounsaturated fat–36 g.
- Polyunsaturated fat–23 g.
- Saturated fat–10 g.
- Carbohydrates–24 g.
- Dietary fiber–12 g.
- Sugar–6 g.
- Vitamin B-6–25%.
For many, cholesterol-packed-fast foods are what comes to mind whenever snacks are mentioned. Contrary to the general notion, snacks aren’t just about those unhealthy foods. There are good snacks that can contribute to your health in many different ways. The good news is that these snacks can be made at home using everyday ingredients and kitchen equipment. Two examples of them are; granola bars and roasted peanuts / groundnuts.
Have some fun and make some snacks!