Becky here from Bite of Delight, and I’m excited to share 5 simple snacks for quick, healthy lunches! A new year brings new resolutions, and if you need some great new ideas for healthy eating, try these easy, delicious ideas. These are all whole food options (no processed snacks here), and gluten-free as well. They are quick and easy to make, so even when you’re busy and on the go, you can still eat well! All of these can be prepped ahead of time, or you can make them when you’re hungry. Anything to make life a little easier!
1. Sweet Potato Chips…in the microwave! One of our favorite healthy snacks! Thinly slice a medium sweet potato (I like to use skinny potatoes so the slices are all roughly the same size). A mandoline slicer is the easiest way to get thin, uniform slices. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit your microwave tray. Toss the sweet potato slices with a tablespoon of avocado oil (or olive oil) and put a single layer of sweet potato slices on the parchment. Lightly season with salt and pepper (or experiment with other flavors…cajun seasoning, cinnamon sugar, crushed rosemary, etc). Transfer parchment to the microwave and cook on high for 3-5 minutes. Microwaves vary in power, so start at three minutes and continue cooking in 30 second increments until done. Mine usually takes about 5 minutes (slightly longer if my slices are especially large). Chips are cooked when they are no longer moist, and beginning to feel crisp. They will continue to crisp up as they cool. Enjoy right away. (They should be crunchy when you eat them. If they aren’t, they just need a little more time in the microwave.) Store loosely covered on the counter. If you cover them tightly, they can go soft. 2. Peanut Butter/Greek Yogurt Dip. Combine equal parts peanut butter and vanilla greek yogurt. I typically combine 1/4 cup of each to equal 1/2 cup total. Serve with apples, or even on a toasted bagel! It only takes a few seconds to whip up, and kids love it just as much as adults! You can also use plain yogurt and sweeten it with honey. A sprinkle of cinnamon is a fun addition too! 3. Spicy Black Bean Hummus. A delicious alternative to hummus made with chick peas, and just as simple to make!
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