healthy snack ideas

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

    These Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are just in time for fall/pumpkin season!! For a crunchy, salty snack, try these super yummy, quick & easy pumpkin seed recipe! Pumpkin seeds may be small, but they’re packed full of valuable nutrients.Eating only a small amount of them can provide you with a substantial quantity of healthy fats, magnesium and zinc. Because of this, pumpkin seeds have been associated with several health benefits, including improved heart health, prostate health and protection against certain cancers. Here’s what you need: Seeds from one medium pumpkin, rinsed (about 1½ cups) Water ½ tsp. sea salt 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil ½ tsp. cayenne pepper (or garlic powder, seasoning salt, or 1 Tbsp. curry powder) (to taste; optional) Preparation: Preheat the oven to 300° F. Place seeds, water (2 cups water for every ½ cup of seeds), and salt in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; gently boil for 10 minutes. Drain thoroughly. Dry with paper towels. Coat baking sheet with oil; spread pumpkin seeds on baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until seeds are lightly browned. Let cool completely.

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Black Bean Hummus Recipe

Black Bean Hummus Recipe

You can’t go wrong with a Black Bean Hummus recipe, combining my two favorite things-black beans and hummus!!  YUMMY!!!  There are ssooo many ways to make hummus, but my fave is combining it will black beans!  Black beans are loaded with yummy flavors and contains more fiber than chickpeas.  This is great with all types of veggies, celery, peppers, carrots, you can use it in wraps, with tacos, chips, spoonful’s by itself (that may be a little much, but sometimes you can’t help yourself!)    Can’t really go wrong with this recipe this amazing beachbody recipe that is 21 day fix approved too!! Ingredients: 1 (15-oz.) can black beans, drained, rinsed (reserve liquid) ¼ cup low-sodium organic vegetable broth 3 Tbsp. tahini (sesame butter) 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) (to taste; optional) Ground cayenne pepper (to taste; optional) Preparation: Place all ingredients in a food processor (or blender), pulse until smooth. If hummus is too thick add 1 Tbsp. reserved liquid at a time until hummus is desired consistency. Season with salt and cayenne pepper if desired.   Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours to allow the flavors to blend.  …

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Eat THIS, NOT That Ideas

Eat THIS, NOT That Ideas

8 “Eat THIS, NOT That” ideas that you can try this week!! Small, easy changes like these add up and do make a difference.  They are simple substitutions you can make without even realizing!  Instead of choosing sugar filled flavored yogurt, choose plain Greek yogurt and fresh fruit.  Pretzels are another snack that seems okay, but picking up a handful almonds is much more healthy and just enough crunch!!  Another super yummy, easy healthy snack is apple with peanut butter & chocolate chips!  Ssooo yummy, so throw out those candy bars, processed snacks and try one of these 8 ” Eat this, not that” options instead!

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Healthier French Onion Dip

Healthier French Onion Dip

If you LOVE to dip (and who doesn’t?!) this Healthier French Onion Dip recipe is for you!!  It’s one of my fave healthy condiment recipes from Beachbody!  Perfect for dipping your veggies in and you don’t have to worry about all the extra calories and fat with this homemade recipe!!  It’s ssooo good you will NEVER buy store bought French onion dip again!!  This would also be perfect for a party snack too! Here’s what you’ll need: 2 Tbsp. olive oil 4 medium onions, chopped ½ cup low-sodium organic beef broth 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce ½ tsp. garlic powder Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper (to taste; optional) 2 cups reduced-fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt Directions: Heat oil in medium saucepan over very low heat.  Add onion, cook stirring frequently for about 20 minutes or until onions are soft and golden brown.  Add brother, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder.  Season with salt and pepper if desired; cook over medium heat stirring frequently for about 5 minutes or until brother has evaporated.  Remove from heat.  Let onion mixture cool completely.  Combine onion mixture and yogurt in a medium bowl; mix well.  Chill covered for 1 hour or overnight.

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Healthy Egg Salad Recipe

Healthy Egg Salad Recipe

  This Healthy Egg Salad Recipe makes for a perfect afternoon snack or even lunch! Serve it over lettuce leaves for some added nutrients and yummy flavor. Typical egg salad recipes are made with mayo and loaded with extra calories, so this one you hold the mayo for a more healthy version!  This is one you will want to save and make again & again, super easy, super quick and healthy!   Here’s what you’ll need: 2 hard boiled eggs, mashed 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese 2 small dill pickles, chopped 1 tablespoon of mustard Freshly ground black pepper   Just mix everything together and serve over lettuce leaves!!  SOOO good and 21 Day Fix approved!! Enjoy! Erin  

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11 Healthy Work Snacks…that don’t require a fridge!

11 Healthy Work Snacks…that don’t require a fridge!

Let’s be honest, if you spend the majority of your waking hours at work, that could mean eating breakfast, lunch, and a couple of snacks there too. Keep the right foods stocked to prevent trips to the vending machine, drive-thru, etc.  It can be hard to think of healthy items to keep at work that don’t require a refrigerator, but here is a list of 11 Healthy snacks to keep at your desk!!     1. Nuts 2. Clean Trail Mix 3. Fruit-Apples, Pears, Oranges, Bananas 4. Oatmeal 5. Whole grain crackers 6. Tuna-in water/no salt 7. Quest Protein Bars 8. Jerky-all natural, nitrate free 9. Roasted Chickpeas 10. Nut butter-all natural 11. Red Wine Vinegar-add flavor to salads, crackers, etc XO, Erin

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