What's your favorite healthy snack?
How about frozen grapes. They are like candy. Try them out. If you have a sweet tooth, they are a great way to satisfy the bad sugar cravings.
I live in the Cowichan Valley and have access to an organic blueberry farm. In season I buy pounds and pounds! of blueberries, freeze them and then have them not only for making yummy things but just to snack on frozen. Amazing little frozen bursts of health.
It's an unusual snack for some people and it is high in fat. It's a concentrated food. An average avocado has about 300 calories and 30 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbohydrates and 4-5 grams protein. But the creamy, soft, silky flesh is very satisfying with a little bit of lemon juice, salt and pepper. It's actually an anti-stress fruit because of it's high B-complex profile except B12. Plus 14 minerals including potassium, magnesium, iron and copper. But don't eat the whole fruit, it can add excess fat and weight.
I love all kinds of fruit. Sometimes I cut up strawberries, mangoes, bananas, and apples and pour fresh orange juice over top for a delicious fruit salad. My husband makes yummy smoothies too with frozen bananas, strawberries, vanilla yogurt, and a splash of orange juice.
Good one Lila, recently I had peaches that were wrapped in prosciutto with a basil leaf inside. The peaches were then grilled and then finished with a balsamic reduction. Can you fantastic...oh ya!
I have to say, the balsamic reduction really added a nice touch...here is a recipe for anyone that wants it.
There is nothing better than during fig season to stuff some beautiful ripe figs with goat cheese and then wrap them in proscuitto, then warm slightly under the broiler or on the grill till proscuitto is slightly crisp on the edges. Fantastic!!!! Combine with a nice glass of Fume' Blanc and absolute heaven!
Did you know that eating fresh cherries can cure gout? My hubby loves meat, cheese and all the greasy stuff and refuse to eat anything green, so he gets gout every few years. Fresh cherries is a tasty cure for some people. Alternatively, you can brew celery seed as tea, steep it in a hot flask & drink it all day for at least 3 days or until the gout goes away.
These are a quick and tasty snack, just take a few leaves of belgian endive, sprinkle with a few pieces of nice blue cheese or goat cheese if you prefer, then drizzle with a tiny bit of raw golden unfiltered honey. Honey that is raw and unfiltered is high in antioxidants, amino acids and essential minerals.
Great idea Patricia..sounds quick and easy. Did you know that Rouxbe has a similar recipe...I guess great minds think alike :-)
Here is the link to the recipe I am referring to for anyone that wants it - http://rouxbe.com/recipes/72-belgian-endive-salad/text
I don't really snack ever. However, I do enjoy making appitizers or simple accompaniments to a meal that can be considered or used as snacks. I enjoy fruit and pastries as snack-like foods. Brushcetta is one of my favorite little snack-like appitizer foods. I make it fresh and authentic - it is actually a very healthy snack. I also like to serve fresh steamed artichokes with a simple, light, and healthy dipping sauce (many times consisting of olive oil, garlic, and herbs). I also enjoy many homemade dips and/or salsas such as hummus, guacamole, mexican tomato salsa, Thai peanut sauce, tapenade, pico de gallo, roasted red pepper and garlic spread, and one of my favorites - baba ganoush (a middle eastern grill-roasted eggplant dip). I commonly serve these with slices of fresh vegetables, homemade pita or flat bread, and/or meat kabobs. I also make many extemely exotic small snack-like dishes such as Japanese maki (sushi), grilled Greek halloumi (a special cheese that is grilled and served with lemon and pita), or Thai mieng come (a Thai appitizer consisting of greens stuffed with shrimp, lime, spices, and a Thai sauce). I also enjoy baking fresh bread or other pastries such as muffins and biscuits. Drinks are also popular in my kitchen such as special mixtures of fruit juices, sparkling water, and sometimes milk or cream. Tea is the most popular drink in my household. My family and I drink a various amount of teas in the morning, during meals, for dessert, or just to warm up. We usually enjoy it with honey and sometimes milk. We also drink a lot of iced tea flavored with lemon or lime. Salads, soups, and stews are also daily enjoyed. Although I personally don't snack throughout the day, I definitely enjoy a wide variety of very healthy and flavorful (mostly ranging from extremely exotic) snack-like dishes.
I know it requires no cooking, but not everything has to. A quality food can be good enough on its own. Sometimes, when I am pressed for time, I'll have a couple glasses of milk while working on something instead of a meal.
My 3 year old son will take a handful of whatever frozen vegetables I have open in the freezer. He also will chow down on baby carrots (I can't cut up big ones, he won't eat those, just the machine made and bagged "baby" ones. and I always keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the floor in the kitchen (yes, the floor - he can reach it that way without taking up valuable counter space - I have a teeny kitchen).
(please note, that if there are fruit snacks around, he will ALWAYS choose those first, and all candy has to be out of arms reach! lol)