Healthy snacks? The two words don’t seem like they should be seen together. LOL!
But there really are many excellent and delicious snacks that are inexpensive and easy to make.
This morning I overheard my 13 year old daughter complaining to her mother (my wife):
“Mom, why don’t we have any chips around here like my friends have at their house? When my friends come over here and I show them what we can snack on, they say we are wayyyy too healthy!”
Mission accomplished! I consider her complaint a compliment! LOL!
I truly believe my family is healthier than most. I proclaim that not to brag, but because I want you to know that it can be done. But expect a few complaints!
Keeping junk food out of the house is about the only way to control your family’s consumption of it. If you have to buy some for a party or other special event, hide it out in the garage. I’d recommend my favorite hiding place – under an overturned bucket!
Here are some of my favorite healthy snacks:
1) Popcorn. Make sure you use grapeseed oil or coconut oil to cook the kernels and then pure melted butter for the topping with sea salt. It’s easy to fill up fast on popcorn. Forget any of the microwave varieties, they are likely among the most unhealthy of all snacks. Avoid movie theater popcorn like the plague!
2) The Healing Trail Mix. Why is it healing? Because healing demands specific nutrients for cellular rebuilding, stronger immunity, and optimum organ function. These recipe ingredients specifically address these nutritional needs.For example, the raisins, dates and carob are high in fiber and anti-oxidants, the walnuts contain essential oils, the soy nuts are known to be a great protein source, and the sea salt is a healthier alternative than conventional salt because sea salt contains many minerals. The carob chips are a healthier alternative to chocolate. This recipe is a wonderful balance of fiber, healthy carbs, protein, and healthy fats. It’s also low glycemic and gluten free. And the taste? Fantastic! Kids love it!
The Healing Trail Mix recipe:
1 cup raisins
1 cup unsalted walnuts
1 cup roasted unsalted soy nuts
1 cup carob chips
½ cup chopped dried dates
1 /2 teaspoon sea salt
3) The Healing Smoothie. Yes, this is really a drink but makes a great snack. What makes this healing? The cranberry juice is known to be an anti-bacterial (kills your bad bugs), the blueberries and green vegetable are very high in anti-oxidants (keeps you fresh), the lemon juice is known to aid in detoxification( removes your pollution), the coconut water is high in electrolytes (minerals), the bananas are known to contain an excellent glycemic/fiber balance (won’t make you hyper), and the protein powder helps to minimize the insulin response( keeps you strong).
The Healing Smoothie recipe:
½ cup cranberry juice
½ cup blueberries
¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
½ cup coconut water
2 frozen well ripened bananas
1 tablespoon whey protein powder
4 ice cubes
Add one green (preferably organic) vegetable i.e. green pepper, cucumber, or spinach leaves.
Blend all ingredients in a large blender for 1 minute on high. Makes two 12 ounce servings.
4) The Healing Muffin. What’s so special about this? The egg, olive oil and flax provide essential oils beneficial for cardiovascular and brain function. The sea salt contains trace minerals helpful for a strong immune system. The refried beans are a great protein source. The oatmeal, figs, and whole wheat flour are a great source of fiber and are low glycemic. The carob chips are a healthier alternative to chocolate.
The Healing Muffin recipe:
1 egg (preferably from organically raised chickens)
¾ cup soy milk
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup flax
½ cup oatmeal
½ cup chopped figs
½ cup refried beans
3 tablespoons baking powder
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup carob chips
Mix all ingredients thoroughly, and fill pre-greased muffin pan receptacles about ¾ high.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes about 12 muffins.
5) The Healing Fudge. No you are not dreaming! Yahooo! Yes, fudge can be healthier and still taste great. This recipe avoids the excessive sugar and less healthy fat of traditional fudge. But remember, we still need to control ourselves! LOL.
The Healing Fudge recipe:
Sorry gang, this recipe is only obtainable when you purchase my book from this web site. If my withholding of this recipe makes you want to scream, I can assure you that you will scream in delight when you taste this fudge. You can order the book securely by clicking HERE. When you order, you’ll receive my free bonus ebook: The Healing Cookbook which contains the fudge recipe and a dozen or so of my other favorite healing recipes.
Again, we must control ourselves with all these recipes. You’ll likely feel fuller faster because of the wholesomeness of the ingredients.
So there you are, 5 healthy snacks that are easy to make, tasty, affordable, and delicious. I developed these recipes to complement my book Whole Health Healing: The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages.
Whoever said the food we healthy folks eat doesn’t taste good? Enjoy!
By the way, have you seen my other popular blog/web sites?
For the general public: http://www.wholehealthhealing.com
Specifically for doctors: http://www.reclaimthejoy.com