Healthy Snacking!

{By Samantha Roose}

You wander around the kitchen wondering what you should eat…Your tummy’s rumbling.  And the next meal isn’t for another 2 hours!  What is healthy, enjoyable and will get me to the next meal?

Well, here’s a couple of recommendations and recipes…some not quite so healthy as others:

– 1 apple smeared with peanut butter or almond butter

– 1 banana smeared with peanut butter or almond butter

Celery Sticks smeared with peanut butter or almond butter (can you tell I like nut butters???)
– A baby dill pickle rolled in a slice of ham lined with creamy cheese (this is one of my FAVORITES, but it’s not the healthiest option out there)
– A piece of lunch meat and a slice of cheese wrapped in lettuce (another of my favorites)

Trail Mix

Trail Mix:

  • ¼ C walnuts
  • ¼ C peanuts
  • ¼ C almonds
  • ¼ C raisins
  • ¼ C craisins (dried cranberries)
  • ¼ C chocolate chips : D

Basically any combination of dried fruits and nuts in equal amounts.  Some other fun ideas: dried mango, dried papaya, dried pineapple!!!, sunflower seeds, cashews!!!…)  Have fun!  One caution though; get yourself a measuring cup (about ¼ C) and measure your portion or you might just eat the entire container!

Veggies with Humus

  • 2 cans of chick peas/garbanzo beans (one drained, one slightly drained)
  • 1/ C olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 2/3 C sesame seeds

Everything in the blender with the rest of the ingredients and blend until sesame seeds are pureed and the consistency is even throughout. Feel free to play around with more lemon juice, more garlic, and or more sesame seeds for an extra zing!

Hopefully you can survive till your next meal and maybe even enjoy healthy snacking!!!