Who loves to snack? I know I do, but sometimes I have the worst snacking habits. If I have a decision between bananas and peanut butter or peanut butter on top of chocolate chip cookies, I’ll eat it all! My New Year’s Resolution is to snack healthier and I’ve been doing much better! I’m a very healthy (main) meal eater, but when it comes to those midday cravings, I’m the absolute worst and I know plenty of people out there can relate to this. If you finished the workout from my last blog then you deserve a cookie with toppings, BUT you’ll regret it! Trust me, there’s nothing worse than getting a good ole’ kick your butt workout in then wasting it away with an unhealthy meal or snack. Here are 3 easy and tasty snacks that will fulfill your cravings, the healthy way!
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
cinnamon- to taste
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2-2 cups chopped apples
-Preheat oven to 400°F and grease a muffin pan.
-In a large bowl, stir together flour, oats, sugars, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, stir together milk/water, eggs, oil, and vanilla until blended. Combine wet and dry ingredients. -Stir in apple.
-Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups and bake for 15-20 minutes or until muffins pass the toothpick test.
-Allow muffins to cool on a wire rack for five minutes before removing from pan to continue cooling.
-Eat warm or completely cooled.
Photo credit: http://cathlincooks.blogspot.com/2009/03/apple-cinnamon-oatmeal-muffins.html
2. Seasoned Cucumbers
1 cucumber peeled and sliced
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
chile powder- to taste
-Mix lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl.-Add cucumbers, toss and sprinkle chile powder on top!
6 ounces plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp. unsweetened baking cocoa
Stevia- to taste
-Stir all ingredients until smooth. Pop in the freezer for 30-45 minutes. Enjoy! Can also eat as is (not frozen) like pudding or dip pretzels in it!
Photo credit: http://muffin-topless.com/2012/06/23/rich-chocolate-protein-froyo/