When you have a snack that is delicious, healthy AND guilt-free, there’s no reason not to eat it.
Chick peas are loaded with fibre and plant-based protein and help to regulate your blood sugar levels. Purée a can with healthy oil, sesame butter and super antioxidants like garlic and lemon juice and serve with raw veggies for the win.
1 can chick peas
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil + drizzle for serving
1 clove garlic
Juice of 1/4 lemon
2 TBLSP tahini (sesame butter)
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp sea salt or to taste
Paprika (dash for garnish)
Purée all ingredients in a food processor until creamy. Add splash of water to thin, if necessary. Garnish with paprika and a drizzle more of olive olive oil.
2. Overnight Chia Pudding
Call it breakfast or call it a healthy snack. Either way, these couldn’t be easier to make, PLUS chia is high in fibre and protein, both of which help you sleep if you have this snack before bed.
Simply add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to 1/2 cup milk of choice in a mason jar. For a vegan option, use almond, rice or coconut. If you choose, add a tablespoon of plain probiotic yogurt and fresh or frozen fruit. Lid it, shake it, and refrigerate it overnight. Chia seeds absorb the liquid overnight so it’s ready to eat, or take with you, when you wake up. You can warm it up or serve cold, and add additional berries, shredded coconut, granola or seeds just before serving.
3. Smoothie Bowl
Smoothies are an easy way to get in your fruits, they are convenient, and you can drink one while on the drive to work…if you have to. A smoothie bowl is made using less liquid, giving it a thicker texture, and you top with chunks of fruits, granola, seed and nuts for a heartier meal or snack that keeps you full longer.
Begin with your favourite smoothie recipe and get creative with additions of shredded coconut, chia seeds, ground flax, berries, nuts or whatever you are in the mood for. It will be different every time, which keeps it exciting. Kids love smoothie bowls because it’s like eating ice cream for breakfast! Eat it with a spoon while still cold. Be aware that plain yogurt will contain natural-occurring sugar. Stick with full-fat yogurt and read the ingredient label to ensure there is not any added sugar.
4. Roasted Spicy Chickpeas
Roasted chick peas make a great snack alternative to chips when you’re craving that crunch! I’ve roasted these before with just sea salt, which my kids gobbled up in a flash.
For a twist, try spicing them up with some Chili powder and cumin for a kick.
Rinse the beans and pat dry as you gently roll them to remove the skins. Discard. This will make the beans a little easier to digest, especially if you find some bloating and discomfort after eating beans normally.
Add dry, skinless beans to a big bowl and drizzle with 2 TBLSP olive oil, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp sea salt and a dash of paprika. Toss well. Spread onto a baking sheet in a single layer. Here’s the trick: Place in a cool oven, THEN heat to 415F. Toss after about 15 minutes, then bake for another 15-20 or until nice and crispy.
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