For many of us, there is nothing worse than being stuck at home with nothing to do, sitting in front of the TV or on your phone, and snacking all day long. It’s a habit that, unfortunately, can make us gain unwanted weight. One of the things we all should be doing more of is exercising; whether it’s going for a walk or working out to a video. However, exercising is just part of the equation.
Finding healthier snacks to munch on is one solution. I love to snack, and salty and sweet are my favorites. I could finish off a pack of cookies or chips with no problem. But I know I can’t because I have such a hard time losing the weight. Getting creative with fruits, nuts, oatmeal and peanut butter has helped satisfy my cravings.
Below are a few ideas:
Energy bites – oats, peanut butter and honey are the only ingredients, although you can add mini chocolate chips or flax seed to the mix. 1 ½ cup oats, ½ cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup honey. Mix together, form into balls, freeze overnight, and store in the fridge.
Peanut butter and oat bars – 2 cups oats, ½ cup honey, ¾ cup peanut butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Heat PB and honey in microwave, add oats, cinnamon, and vanilla. Place in a greased 8 x 11 pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
Mixed nuts – according to healthline.com, mixed nuts are linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and may help prevent certain cancers, depression, and other illnesses
Apple slices or celery with peanut butter - Peanut butter may benefit heart health. It has been shown to increase good cholesterol and reduce the bad cholesterol.
Cottage cheese, flax seeds and cinnamon – all of these ingredients are healthy alone, but together, they are delicious. Find the recipe here.
Kale chips – kale chips are loaded with fiber and antioxidants. Find the recipe here.
Dark chocolate with almonds – Chocolate, almonds … Yes, please.
Cucumbers and hummus – hummus is made from chickpeas, olive oil and garlic, which can improve heart health and cucumbers have health benefits of its own.
A piece of fruit – fruit can help satisfy the sugar cravings.
Hard-boiled eggs- a great source of protein without the added fat.
Turkey roll-ups- a satisfying and healthy snack. Find the recipe here.