Summer vacation is over. It’s back to school for the kids and back to work for you! The kids might clamor for milk and cookies, but we know that grown-ups should snack better — and not out of a box. Here are five tasty, guilt-free homemade snacks to satisfy cravings for crispy, crunchy, creamy, sweet and fatty.
Crispy…Baked coconut-kale chips
Packaged kale chips can be pricey. It’s cheaper — and easy — to make them yourself. Bake them just right, and you'll swear that you're eating potato chips! Since kale is a leafy green that retains a high level of residual pesticide, use organic kale whenever possible.
Crunchy…Spicy olive oil-fried almonds
I’m not a fan of anything fried — except these almonds! A quick one-minute 'fry' in just one tablespoon of olive oil in a cast-iron skillet, gives these almonds their addictive crunch!
Creamy…White bean puree with sage
Nutrient-dense white beans, whipped into a creamy puree in the food processor (or blender), is a nourishing snack that hits the low blood sugar spot.
As a kid, I loved Reese’s winning combination of peanut butter and chocolate. My healthy version of that treat substitutes 85 percent dark chocolate for milk chocolate and organic almond butter for peanut butter with a sprinkle of sea salt. No added sugars, hydrogenated vegetable oils, artificial flavors or preservatives! Just deep dark chocolate that marries a hint of sweet with almond nuttiness and sea salt.
Buttery. Smooth. Fresh. When I crave a fatty, feel-good food, avocado is my go-to snack by way of this simple straight-up guacamole. (No chips required!).
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