It is no secret that being stuck at home makes you want to snack. Whether you are just bored or actually hungry, it is very easy to indulge in some unhealthy snacks and treats while we are unable to go out and about to keep yourself busy. The good news: We have healthy alternatives! Try some of these healthy snacks and treats to satisfy your cravings in this time of social distancing.
Apples and Almond Butter
This snack is great if you have a sweet tooth. The natural sugars from the apple will give you satisfy your sugar cravings, while the almond butter (or nut butter of your choice) will keep you fuller longer. It is the best of both worlds! Tip: To make this snack seem more indulgent, zap the almond butter in the microwave for about 20 second to make it melty. Then, drizzle it over your sliced apples.
Kale chips are a salty alternative for those greasy potato chips. All you need is fresh kale leaves (pre-cut or whole), olive oil and seasoning of choice. Pre-heat your oven to 350 ℉, and cut up your kale, forgoing the woody kale stems. Toss the kale in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and add in your favorite seasoning. Spread the kale out on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake the kale for about 10-15 minutes until the chips are browned and crispy. Store in an air tight container.
Guacamole with Carrots and Bell Peppers
Everyone loves guacamole… but no one needs the extra carbs found in tortilla chips! Why not use veggies as a vessel for your guac? Carrots and bell peppers are full of antioxidants and packed with vitamins, making them great to snack on during a corona virus pandemic. Use these veggies as the perfect dippers for your favorite guacamole.
Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Basil
This Mediterranean classic is the perfect snack that is just a little fancy. With low-fat mozzarella to pack a protein bunch, it is a great after-lunch snack to tide you over until dinner. Slice up your tomatoes and mozzarella; arrange the slices nicely on a plate (for the insta pic of course); and drizzle with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Last, but not least, add some fresh basil. Now, take a picture of your masterpiece to share this awesome quarantine snack with your social media friends!
It’s it great that something so tasty as dark chocolate is actually healthy! Studies have found that the flavanols in dark chocolate protect against heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. This super food is a great after-dinner treat for those of us who are repeat midnight snackers. You never have to feel guilty when snacking on dark chocolate.