• Kristina Michelle

My Top 5 Easy, Healthy Snacks

I don’t about you guys, but the past few weeks of social isolation I have been extra hungry (starving) and my regular snacks just aren’t cutting it. I started to get creative and even started to try out TikTok recipes out of boredom. I swear I've been cooking more just to avoid actually eating all that time - that's how hungry I have been haha. All these snacks are pretty healthy, don’t require a lot of ingredients, and don’t take a lot of time.


1. Sliced Apples with Peanut Butter-Greek Yogurt Dip

Apples and Cinnamon with Peanut Butter-Greek Yogurt Dip

This is a recent snack I started to eat on a regular basis (usually at night when the munchies kick in). I posted it on my Instagram story a couple of days ago but thought I’d share it on here too. Cinnamon, apples, and peanut butter seem to be a god-made combination but never thought to add Greek yogurt into the mix. If vegan, substitute Greek-yogurt for a dairy-free yogurt like coconut yogurt.


To make the Peanut Butter-Greek Yogurt Dip just mix together equal parts of peanut butter (or whichever nut butter you prefer) and Greek yogurt. Yum!


2. Frozen Grapes with Lemon Juice

Frozen Grapes with Lemon Juice

This is exactly what it sounds like with no alteration. All you have to do is wash your grapes, put them in a bowl, squeeze some lemon juice over them, then freeze for minimum an hour. You can also not put lemon juice on them if you want to use the grapes as ice cubes for wine (wink wink).


3. Banana Egg-White Pancakes

Fluffy, light, and delicious. Made with only 2 ingredients. Recipe linked here.


4. My Green Smoothie That Doesn’t Taste Green

My Green Smoothie That Doesn’t Taste Green

This sweet, green, and healthy smoothie is perfect for a light breakfast or for a snack. Super nutritious with no added sugar or sweetener - you don't even taste the greens. I highly recommend having this at least once a day as an easy way to get your nutrients, especially during this time of self-isolation and lack of activity.


I found these crushed ginger cubes in the frozen fruit section at Longos and thought they were pretty cool. I believe I got them for $3.99 and come with 20 cubes.

Ingredients:

- 2 cups frozen spinach

- 1 cup frozen kale (kale has a more prominent taste)

- Couple pieces frozen fruit from frozen tropical fruit mix

- 1 cube frozen grated ginger (or two teaspoons)

- Half a ripe banana

- 1 tbs of chia seeds

- Optional: scoop of plain whey or vegan protein

- Pineapple juice

- Water


Directions:

If you don’t have a high speed blender like a Vitamix, start by blending together the frozen greens with pineapple juice or water. Then add in the rest of the ingredients one by one to ensure the smoothie has a smooth consistency and no chunks of greens. Enjoy!


5. Stovetop Italian-Parmesan Popcorn

Popcorn is great on its own or with a little butter, but this recipe is awesome when you’re looking for a little variety and more seasoning. This recipe promises to pack a lot of flavour without the pesky synthetic ingredients and calories from those popcorn seasoning shakers. Note: This recipe is simple but requires you to pay close attention. When cooking, don’t leave your pot unattended as olive oil has a low smoking point.


Ingredients:

- Popcorn kernels

- Olive oil

- Salt

- Italian seasoning

- Grated parmesan cheese


Directions:

1. Turn your stove burner onto medium-high heat and place the pot on top.

2. Once the bottom of the pot heats up (wait 3 minutes), pour in olive oil so that it covers the entire bottom in a light layer.

3. Put in three popcorn kernels, put the lid on, and wait. Pay attention.

4. Once the three popcorn kernels have popped, pour in your popcorn kernels so that they mostly cover the bottom, then put the lid back on.

5. You can shake the pan back and fourth to speed up the process or wait. They should start popping within two minutes but keep an eye on them. If they haven’t popped for a few minutes, lift the lid up to check on them to see if they’re burning (the kernels might not have enough moisture in them if they’ve been sitting around in your cupboard for too long).

6. Once they’ve popped, move the popcorn to a big bowl. Add in a salt, Italian seasoning, and your grated parmesan and shake it around.

7. ENJOY!


If you're still not confident making stove-pot popcorn, here's a video tutorial demonstrating how to make it if you're still unsure.


Make sure you heart this article at the bottom of the page and share with anyone who's trying to kick an unhealthy snacking habit! Hope everyone is being healthy and safe!

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