Snacking as an adult can help prevent overeating, increase your energy level and help get you through a long day. Being prepared can help you make better choices in what you grab to eat so you won’t have regrets later. Here are six easy snacks you can make ahead or grab on the go.
1. Trail Mix
Trail mix usually includes a variety of snacks in one. At the beginning of the week, put together a mix of your favorite granola, some nuts and dried fruit. You can even toss in a few CBD gummies for an extra little sweet pick me up. Divide the mix up into baggies or small containers that you can toss in your bag to snack on throughout the day. This mix is a great flexible option because you can change it up each week so you don’t get bored. Use peanuts one week and almonds the next. There are also many options of dried fruits you can add to get a different flavor. Bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raisins, apricots, peaches and apples are just the beginning. Mix it up to suit your own tastes.
2. Roasted Chickpeas
Chickpeas offer a variety of health benefits. They have been shown to improve digestion, aid with weight management and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of protein, especially for those who practice a vegetarian or vegan diet. For those who are trying to lose weight, they make a great snack because they have been shown to help keep you feeling fuller for longer. To make some delicious crunchy roasted chickpeas, start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Drain and rinse your chickpeas and pat them fully dry to prepare them for seasoning. Toss them in oil and some salt and spread them in a single layer and roast for 30 minutes. Every ten minutes pull them out and give them a shake. After 30 minutes of roasting, toss them in your choice of seasoning and place them back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
3. Apple Cookies
If you crave a sweet crunch but don’t want to chow down on high-calorie cookies, try making some apple cookies instead. Slice some apples thinly and spread a layer of peanut butter, Nutella or another nub butter on top. Be sure not to cut them too thin so you still get a satisfying crunch. Sprinkle on your favorite toppings, like chocolate chips, coconut sprinkles, dried fruits or nuts and dive in.
4. Zucchini Chips
The salty crunch of potato chips can be hard to resist. If you whip up a healthier alternative you’ll make it a lot easier to say no to this higher-calorie snack. Use a mandolin to thinly slice some zucchini, lay them out on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt. This will help get some moisture out before you bake them. Let them sit for 15 to 20 minutes before baking. Then place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, brush with olive oil and season to your liking. Bake in a 245-degree oven for an hour and a half to two hours.
5. Frozen Banana Bites
If ice cream is your normal go-to snack, some frozen fruit can be a healthier choice. Slice some bananas, spread with peanut butter and jelly on one and place a second banana slice on top to create a sandwich. You can freeze them as is, or choose to dress them up even further. Melt some chocolate to dip them in and then sprinkle with coconut flakes for a fancier treat. Or change up the filling by swapping the peanut butter for Nutella or adding a slice of strawberry.
Healthy snacking will keep your energy up throughout the day and help prevent overeating. Plan ahead and have some of these options on hand so you can be ready for a quick snack anytime you need it.