Healthy Snack Ideas/Recipes
I have turned into a snacker at work. No huge lunch but something light and two or three snack times during the day. I keep no-salt roasted almonds and no-sugar added dried fruit. I need some more ideas, something truly healthy and good tasting. I realize anything more complicated than fruit and nuts I will most likely have to make myself as I read the long ingredient labels listing high fructose corn syrup, sugar and partially etc... Any ideas will be helpful. Thank you!!
Thank you all, I do have a microwave and a minifridge available at work. No toaster oven, I wish! Things I bought and made: a trail mix with dried cherries, soynuts, pepitas, raisins and sunflower seeds, carrots with a sweet onion dip, pita chips and homeade hummus, yogurt cup, kashti granola bar, and grapes.
Question: I have only made my own popcorn on the stove, how do you microwave your own corn in a brown bag? Does the bag have to be a certain kind? Do you put the bag on a plate???
This is a DELICIOUS recipe for some pretty darn healthy cookies to take with you:
Makes 9-10 cookies:
1) Preheat oven to 375.
2) Put 1 cup of oats in a blender to turn into a fine, sandy texture. Now you have "oat flour". Doesn't have to be all perfectly ground up.
3) Put the oat flour into a bowl, along with 1/4 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp baking soda.
4) Melt 2.5 tbsp butter.
5) Weird part: get a small microwave-safe bowl, and heat 2 tbsp milk until nearly boiling. Whisk in 1/2 tbsp ground flax seeds, if you have them. If not - no worries.
6) Add 1 egg yolk and 1/4 cup sugar (or 2 tbsp sugar & 2 tbsp Splenda) to the hot milk & ground flax.
7) Mix the wet ingredients in with the dry ones.
8) Add in 1/3 cup of nuts, dry fruit, or dark chocolate fragments/chips.
9) Drop pieces of batter onto an ungreased nonstick cookie sheet.
10) Bake for 10-12 minutes. Be sure not to overcook them!
Let 'em cool, and presto - great cookies made mostly of oats & nuts.
I got the idea for this from this very board! You just put a few tablespoons of popping corn into a lunch bag size paper bag...scrunch the top closed...lay it down and microwave for about 2 minutes, maybe 2 1/2 minutes depending on your microwave. You do not need oil or butter but of course you could add it afterwards (I just add a tablespoon or 2 of melted butter and a small amount of salt right after it is done popping, when it's very hot) but others might add parmesan cheese, herbs, whatever. I really did not believe that this method works but I tried it one day and haven't gone back to pots on the stove or special air popper or microwave stuff since--to me, it's the cheapest and healthiest way to pop dried corn.
This is the coolest thing I have heard of in a while. (maybe I'm behind the times ;) )
I am excited to try it out!
BTW - I have a drawer full of home-made sea salt & black pepper crackers (so I know what's in 'em, unlike the questionable labels on most store-bought crackers) & dry cereal (Nature's Path Cranberry Zen makes ya fullest and is essentially a trail mix). I eat that stuff all day long @ work.. either plain or with cream cheese or PB/banana if I'm feeling bored.
I also made cinnamon / banana crackers that taste nice, but nothing like bananas (bummer).
Do you have a microwave? Toaster?
Slice apples, sprinkle w/ cinnamon, microwave til soft; eat w/ a Baby Bonne Bell or some sliced rotisserie chicken or other protein source
Whole wheat 50 cal la tortilla factory tortilla toasted with low fat or fat free cheddar/jack chese (TJ's has a nice soy blend high in protein and a little fiber) to make a quesadilla
Lentil, bean, quinoa based salads
Roasted veggies (made the night before)
Piece of Whole wheat lavash or tortilla spread w/ a little low fat cream cheese or fat-free or low fat sour cream, little bit of smoked salmon, tomato, onioh, lemon juice, and capers, rolled up and sliced into pinwheels
Egg white salad--egg whites chopped with low or fat free mayo or 0% total or non fat plain yogurt + onions and seasonings to your taste (I like curry)
Cottage cheese (low fat or fat free) mixed with salsa
Scoop a bagel, sprinkle with a little low fat cheese, toast til golden and melty; fill w/ cottage cheese and/or salsa.
Oatmeal w/ a scoop or two of protein powder mixed in (I like Isopure apple flavor to make apple cinnamon oatmeal)
Baked potato skins filled w/ cottage cheese and broccoli and light cheese or anything else to your liking
Healthy salmon croquettes made w/ salmon, onions, egg whites, Old Bay, ketchup, then fried in Pam.
Puree of Broccoli soup a la Gordon Ramsay
Egg white veggie frittata
Stuffed eggplant - cut in half and bake til soft; scoop flesh, and blend it with tofu, egg whites, then mix in chopped sundried tomatoes, chopped basil and oregano, and whatever else sounds good to you; refill shells, then return to oven til heated through; top with grated parmesan and broil til golden
Vitamuffins or Vitatops are great. They are found in the freezer case of some supermarkets, and sometimes in the healthy/organic frozen section. I love the chocolate ones and the cranberry bran. They are high in fiber, 6 grams, have no fat and are 100 calories each. They are quite good and filling because of the fiber.
I have a chocolate one at night as my snack with a cup of decaf chai tea. Yum!
Yum, some great ideas here!
Since you like nuts and dried fruit, here are a couple of tasty ways to combine them.
First, try stuffing dates with blue cheese, cream cheese, soft goat cheese, almonds or walnut pieces. Or stuff with cheese and top with a nut.
Second, buy Trader Joe's ground almonds, or grind up the nuts or seeds of your choice in a coffee grinder, and combine three part nuts with one part finely chopped dates or apricots (most easily done in a food processor). If desired, add one part shredded coconut. Roll by hand into bite-size balls. Sweet and healthy! My kids loved them!
I'm a big fan of the light lunch. Here are a few of my go to fav's. We do have a refrig, toaster and MW are work tho.
small vanilla yogurt & honey
fresh veggies with plain yogurt dip
dark chocolate s'mores with a glass of milk
homemade peanut butter & celery
skim milk pudding
water crackers & cheese bites
i love eating fresh mushrooms and red/green peppers, pop in my mouth
walk thru the produce and health food section of your local store for handy inspiration.
You mentioned dried fruit...how about fresh fruits/veggies...apples? Do you have access to a refrigerator at work? If so, hummus is nice to keep in the fridge to have with celery, very healthy combo. Yogurt also can be a healthy snack; low-fat mozzarella sticks too. For dry goods, have you ever tried dried edamame? Fresh Market sells wasabi edamame, very crunchy and delish. Ooh, I know...if you have a microwave at work, you could bring in plain old popping corn and pop that in a brown bag, I do it all the time. Just throwing out random thoughts here...others will offer better, I'm sure. Shredded wheat cereal squares to eat dry can be satisfying, maybe not delicious but it's a whole-grain snack; Herb Garden Triscuits are good as long as you don't eat too many of them (sodium).