So when it comes to snack foods I need things that include:
1) Eat Standing Up or On the Drive Home: Quick bursts of good filling energy that makes me feel like I can keep going without having to set up a table-top to eat from!
2) Eat at My Desk: Something I can eat without silverware and look forward to grabbing during a break from the action
3) Sweet Things: Sometimes living sugar-free can be a bit of a challenge! Bring on the mock desserts that I make for myself without any added sweeteners--my blueberry "cobbler" nighttime snack for example or my homemade applesauce!
4) Salty/Savory Things: Yes this is a heart-healthy diet but I don't think a little added salt now and then is going to kill me since we aren't eating added salt in our main meals!
There are some awesome recipes for snacks in the Vegan blogosphere that I want to try:
The Fat Free Vegan: Microwave potato chips, roasted curried chickpeas, kale chips!
Robin Robertson's Spinach & White Bean Fritters (I think I'll be able to modify these by baking them?)
Robin Robertson's "Finger Lickin' Tempeh Fingers" from her book: "Party Vegan"
AND, here are a few ideas that my husband and I use!
- Items You Can Eat Standing Up or On the Drive Home
- Homemade Oat Bars from dates, bananas, dried cranberries & oats
- Homemade Trail Mix (raw rolled oats, raisins or prunes, raw irish/steel cut oats)
- Mexican Chickpeas (we use the chickpea filling from the Happy Herbivore's Chickpea Taco's using this AWESOME homemade taco seasoning mix --you can snack on these & they are super yummy, kinda crunchy & filling!)
- Fruit of course!
- Air-popped Popcorn (The Healthy Librarian has a recipe here, just scroll to the bottom of the post)
- Items You Can Eat At Your Desk
- Homemade & Store-Bought Tahini-free Bean Dips: (with my favorite oil-free cracker: Mary's Gone Crackers)
- black bean, white bean, hummus, lentil, etc
- right now my go-to hummus recipes are in the Dr. Esselstyn's Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease. My main favorite is made with chickpeas, garlic, tahini, dijon mustard and spring onions!
- another favorite is Ann Esselstyn's Artichoke Bean dip (also from Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease.
- Salsa! (with my homemade tortilla chips)
- garlic chipotle (my favorite Trader Joe's flavor), pineapple, fire roasted, etc
- Sweet Things
- Homemade Blueberry "cobbler" (thawed frozen blueberries with oat milk & toasted rolled oats)
- Homemade Banana "ice cream" (Ann Esselstyn's recipe: frozen peeled bananas mixed in a blender or food processor--instant ice cream. This is seriously & surprisingly delicious!)
- Frozen Mango (THANK YOU Trader Joes for your nicely peeled & cubed frozen mango!)
- Sugar-free Homemade Applesauce (see my recipe from my previous post here.)
- Dates or Figs (I try to eat no more than three of each when snacking because of their high glycemic index)
- Salty/Savory Things:
- Homemade Sweet or White Potato Chips (see microwaved potato chip recipe above--I season mine with garlic powder & kosher salt)
- Homemade Tortilla Chips
- I just take plain corn tortillas and bake them in the oven at 350 until they turn brown & then I break them into pieces and use them as chips.
- Homemade Veggie Chips
What are YOUR favorite snacks? I'm always looking for more recipes--any ideas? Please post in the comments section :-)
Coming Up on Medical System Tuesday:
- Tip #8 For The Best Hospital Care: Be Nice ~ Insider Tips on How to Get the BEST Medical Care in the Hospital ~
Coming Up Next Week:
- BOOK REVIEW: "29 Gifts!"
- SuperImmunity for Kids ~Part 2~!
- Practical Stuff: Kitchen Tools That Help & Products I Like!!
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