When it comes to losing weight or simply maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it can be quite challenging to do so. This is mainly due to all the snack foods that are widely available that are high in calories and low in nutrition. As a result, these snacks tend to satisfy the sweet tooth and nothing else. The fact of the matter is that one candy bar can easily become three and this will lead to being overweight or obese over time. As a result, if weight loss or maintenance is required, then healthier snacks needs to be eaten. It may be tempting to cut out snacks altogether, but this may lead to binging later on. This article will cover a few healthy snack recipes that anyone can make and it will surely satisfy any craving.
The first type of snack craving that will be covered is of course, sweet and chocolate. Most people crave for chocolate or sweets on a daily basis, but these usually pack lots of unwanted calories and sugars. Instead of reaching for that milk chocolate bar, it may be better to eat a few pieces of dark chocolate instead. Dark chocolate will provide that chocolatey taste that is desired while having less sugar and calories. It also has numerous health benefits and can even help to prevent heart disease.
Baked chocolate goods such as chocolate cakes and brownies can also be made and enjoyed. However, when making these types of snacks, a few ingredient swaps need to be done. Instead of using butter, a substitute of pureed apple sauce can be used. This will not only reduce overall calories in the cake or brownie, but also make it much healthier. Also, other vegetables can be added such as beets and shredded squash which can create a lovely nutty flavor and increase the overall moistness of the brownie or cake.
Another snack that can be easily made are sweet rice cakes. All that is needed for this recipe are a few rice cakes, peanut butter, shredded coconut and a topping of choice such as dried cherries, dried cranberries, chocolate chips etc. Simply spread a tablespoon of peanut butter on top of each rice cake, sprinkle with the shredded coconut and top with a 2 teaspoons of dried cherries or other topping. This snack is not only tasty but very quick to prepare which makes it the perfect option for busy people.
Some people prefer salty or savory snacks and one great option is to make healthy kale chips instead of reaching for that pack of potato chips. In order to make kale chips, simply wash the kale and slice it into pieces. Sprinkle generously with olive oil and salt and bake in the oven until it’s crisp. These chips are simply delicious and can be eaten without a guilty conscience.
We have covered some of the best healthy snack recipes that just about anyone can make. All it takes is a bit of research and experimentation and snack time can become the healthiest part of one’s day.