Our eating habits are greatly influenced our kitchen supplies and vice versa. By simply transforming our food choices, we can move in the right direction toward healthy eating. For example, removing junk food is a great first step; if you don’t store any junk food in your pantry, you will better be able to avoid the temptation to eat it. It is also imperative to make healthy choices while shopping at the grocery store or making your grocery list. Try shopping at whole or natural food markets to help make healthier choices easier.
It is important to make a conscious effort toward developing healthy eating habits to maintain your weight and for your overall well-being. Here are a few healthy snacks to help you stock up your pantry and develop a healthier lifestyle for a happy life.
This is an easy, refreshing snack (definitely great in summer). Just throw the bag in the freezer after washing them and that’s it!
2. Kale Chips
If you are craving something salty, try some kale chips as your vegan snack. They are available at the market in many flavors, but you can also make them at home. If you’re about convenience, Rhythm makes some fantastic kale chips that you can find at your local grocery store.
Smoothies are a healthy, nourishing, filling snack packed with nutrients. You can make a green smoothie by adding green ingredients you love along with some nutritional superfoods (maca, mushroom powder, etc) and drink up for a great day ahead.
4. Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Craving fries? Baked sweet potato fries are oil-free fries that won’t harm your vegan diet and are a delicious anytime snack.
5. Mixed Berries with Cinnamon
This is more than your average bowl of fruit. Mash up some of your favorite berries to your desired consistency and sprinkle with ground cinnamon. This bowl of goodness is loaded with antioxidants and easily satisfies your sweet tooth without sabotaging your diet.
6. Nuts and Seeds
This is often my go-to. Talk about nutritional powerhouses. These little guys pack in some great protein, fiber and fat, making them an all-around good choice. Plus, no prep required!
Ok, who doesn’t love chocolate? While milk and white chocolate are simply depleting foods, a high quality dark chocolate contains a good amount of antioxidants. You can opt for a dark chocolate bar, cacao nibs, or a premade batch of these amazing treats.
Choco Protein Balls
- 1 TBS almond flour
- 8oz almond butter
- 2 tsp cacao or cocoa powder
- 2 TBS chocolate protein powder (Julian Bakery’s is my favorite)
- 4oz ground hazelnuts, divided
- 1/2c whole hazelnuts
Combine all ingredients and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Then form into balls and roll through remaining ground hazelnuts.
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