When you’ve been on the healthy eating train for a while, keeping it up can become difficult over time. This is especially true when it comes to snacking because, let’s face it, you’re sick of cereal bars.
If you’re tired of eating the same plain trail mix and fruit, you should add variety with some creative snacks. That’s why today I’m sharing my top five healthy snack ideas that will satisfy you and keep you away from junk food. They’re super quick to whip up and very tasty.
Store bought granola is drenched in sugar and unhealthy vegetable oils. Although there are healthier varieties, their price makes me want to run out of the store crying. That’s why I make my own. It only takes 10 minutes!
All you need is some raw whole rolled oats, an oven, and whatever else your heart desires. Dried fruit, dark chocolate chips, chopped nuts, cinnamon, oil, and a sweetener of your choice are just a few options. Anything goes! I usually opt for a simple combo of chopped almonds and honey for extra crunch.
Mix all your ingredients in a bowl, and then spread them out on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pop it in a 300ºF preheated oven and let it cook for 8-10 minutes. You can make a bunch at a time, and use it to top your yogurt, smoothie bowls, or trail mix for the week.
Apple “Cookies” With Nut Butter
Craving cookies? Try this instead! Just cut an apple into thin, round slices and remove the core. Spread your favorite nut butter on the apple slices, and get wild with the toppings. Try some shaved coconut, sliced almonds, or even some of that fresh granola you made earlier! wink
Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes
I’m bananas for these pancakes! They’re great for when you’re craving something warm during the chillier months. Just mash a ripe banana with a fork, and mix in one egg to get a pasty consistency. Cook the mixture in a pan over medium heat, flipping it once, and that’s it! One banana is enough for two or three small pancakes, making it the perfect size for a one-person snack. Top them with your favorite spread, syrup, or eat them simply as is.
Sweet Potato “Toast”
Step away, bread! There’s a new leader in town. Cut a sweet potato into ¼-inch thick slices and pop them in the toaster. You might have to cook them twice depending on your toaster—just make sure that they’re lightly browned. Then, you can top them with whatever you want! Go for a quick almond butter and banana topping, or a more substantial spinach and poached egg combo.
Gluten-Free Mug Cakes
If you’re craving a warm, comforting muffin, but not craving the high sugar or the baking time, this super quick mug cake will hit the spot. For the base, mix together 3 tablespoons of your gluten-free flour of choice (coconut, almond, or oat flour), 2 tablespoons of your favorite sweetener, ½ teaspoon of baking powder, 1 egg, and about 2 tablespoons of milk.
You can now add whatever you want to this base. Frozen blueberries and banana are my go-to. Microwave your mix in a mug from 50 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on your microwave. You’ll know it’s done when your cake has doubled in size, and is slightly wet in the center. Grab a spoon, and enjoy!
I hope you’re feeling snacky, because now it’s your turn to put these ideas to the test! Get creative and add your own spin to them as you continue your healthy eating journey. Happy snacking!