Many of us resolve to eat healthier in the New Year, but our busy schedules sabotage our plans. Let’s face it — when you’re in a rush, it’s just easier to snack on pre-packaged treats that don’t always have the healthiest ingredients. But after a People magazine story started trending last week, highlighting a recent study that linked processed foods to an increased risk of earlier death, you may be second-guessing your snack choices.
Never fear! With some planning and a little preparation ahead of time, you can make healthy, homemade snacks to grab and go the next time hunger strikes. We searched high and low for simple, healthy recipes you can make in your own kitchen. Best of all, many of the ingredients may already be in your refrigerator or solid wood cabinetry. Let’s get started.
No-Bake Granola Bars
We like this healthy recipe for 5-Ingredient Granola Bars from The Minimalist Baker, because it’s as simple as can be. These hearty, satisfying bars contain dates, almonds, rolled oats, peanut butter, and the natural sweetener of your choice (honey, maple syrup or agave nectar) — no baking required! Click here for the recipe.
Healthy Morning Muffins
This easy muffin recipe from Martha Stewart makes the perfect grab and go breakfast or snack. With healthy ingredients like shredded carrots, banana, rolled oats, eggs, extra virgin olive oil, and a pinch of nutmeg from the spice rack in your solid wood cabinetry, you can feel good about having a sweet treat. Click here for the recipe.
Mango Fruit Roll-Ups
If you are craving something chewy, these Mango Fruit Roll-Ups from Just a Taste are made with real fruit and zero added sugar. They are also super simple to make. All you need are a few mangos, a food processor or blender, rimmed baking sheets lined with parchment paper, and an oven. For complete instructions, click here.
Homemade Cheese Crackers
If you prefer a savory snack, check out this recipe for Homemade Cheese Crackers from Chef in Training. Salty and filled with sharp Cheddar, these bite-sized crackers have a kick, thanks to the addition of crushed red pepper flakes. Click here for the recipe.
Baked Veggie Chips
If you crave crunchy snacks and want a tasty and quick way to add more vegetables to your diet, you are going to love this Baked Veggie Chip recipe from Rachel Ray Everyday. This snack packs a healthy punch with parsnips, sweet potatoes, celery root, beets, and a sprinkle of sea salt. For instructions, click here.
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