Sometimes we get a craving for a snack, and more often than not the easiest snacks to indulge in are unhealthy ones. What makes a snack unhealthy? The high sugar content, high sodium content, preservatives, artificial colors, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and the list goes on. Basically, anything processed is bad for you. Anything that has more than 10 ingredients (10 easy to understand ingredients that are easy to read. Ex: Organic whole oats) is most likely bad for you. And finally, hidden sugar ingredients like maltodextrin, glucose, galactose, maltose, sucrose, cane juice crystals, and pretty much anything with “syrup” in the name such as buttered syrup, corn syrup solids, carob syrup, maple syrup, etc.
Processed foods are something that are best left on the shelf, but this doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in delicious snacks that are low in cholesterol and low in sugar! These three snack ideas will curb your cravings and satisfy your tummy!
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 oz unsweetened vanilla Greek yogurt (can also use cultured vanilla coconut milk)
- 4 bananas
- 3 tbsp granola (gluten free if needed, no added sugar)
First off, try making your own granola instead of buying granola. This way you prevent yourself from falling into the trap of processed foods that add sugar! Granola can be made with some rolled oats, nuts, unsweetened organic vanilla extract, cinnamon, cardamom, cherries or cranberries, etc. Just mix it all up and bake for 20 minutes on 300 degrees.
For the bananas bites, mix together the almond butter and yogurt and set aside. Slice the bananas into 1/4 – inch thick slices. Spread the yogurt mixture onto each slice (about 1/4 of a teaspoon) and sprinkle granola on top. Then cover with another banana slice and use a toothpick to keep it together. Once you’ve created them, put them on a freezer friendly plate and cover with plastic wrap. Pop into the freezer for 2 hours and voila! Serve them cold and immediately.
If you would like to make hummus from complete scratch, consider using dried beans, letting them soak overnight, then cook them. For a quick solution, you can use canned garbanzo beans (make sure there is no added sugar).
- 1¼ cups dried garbanzo beans
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup tahini
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 6½ tablespoons ice water
- 1-2 teaspoons salt, depending on taste
If you’re cooking garbanzo beans:
In a medium saucepan over high heat combine the garbanzo beans and the baking soda, stirring constantly for three minutes.
Add 6½ cups water to the pot and bring the beans to a boil. Continue to cook the beans over medium-high to high heat for anywhere from 20 -40 minutes depending on freshness. When the beans are tender enough to break up easily, but not turn to mush when pinched between your thumb and finger, they are done. Drain the cooking liquid.
Once garbanzo beans are cooked or you are using canned, you can start the hummus process:
Transfer the cooked garbanzo beans to a food processor fitted with the “S” blade and process until a thick yellowish paste forms.
With the machine running, add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Once they have been incorporated, drizzle in the ice-cold water and continue to process for five minutes until the hummus is smooth and velvety.
Transfer the hummus to a bowl and cover the surface with plastic wrap so that there is no way that air can get in between the hummus and the plastic wrap. Let the hummus sit for 30 minutes at room temperature. During this time the hummus will thicken slightly.
Lemon Meltaway Rounds
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/3 cup organic cashew flour
- 1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
- 1/4 tsp stevia or organic stevia vanilla extract
- 2 organic lemons (fresh squeezed juice)
- Lemon zest
- 1 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup organic coconut oil (melted/liquid)
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl or food processor.
Add lemon zest, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and vanilla extract to the mix.
Finally, once organic coconut oil is melted (can be melted in a sauce pan on melt or low setting), pour it into the mixture. Soon as the oil is in the mixture, use your hands or food processor to mix up the ingredients.
Once mixed, scoop bits of the mixture into your hands and roll until the mixture is round. You can also then dip the rounds into unsweetened coconut flakes. Then put on a plate and place into the fridge for at least 5 -10 minutes. Serve cold!
Don’t let your cravings get the best of you! Keep up on your health with delicious alternatives that are better in taste and better for you.