Who knew snacking could actually help – not hurt your health?
It’s TRUE! 🙂 As long as you’re snacking on the right things of course! So don’t feel deprived if you are on a special diet – today we’re going to focus on those snacks that can help lower cholesterol (or at least don’t raise it!)
But these snacks are great for any diet – so even if you don’t have high cholesterol, feel free to snack away on these ideas!
Don’t toss those seeds! With a bit of seasoning and a little honey, you can make a sweet and spicy snack with a satisfying crunch. Pumpkin seeds (or pepitas) provide bone-strengthening magnesium and copper, cholesterol-lowering phytosterols, and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
Oats are an amazing food to add to your diet if you’re aiming to lower that cholesterol and these snack bites are FULL of it!
Another recipe comprised mostly of those amazing oats!
Or check out these Kris with Bliss originals!
~All of those contain oats!~ So eat up buttercup 🙂
fresh fruits and vegetables are an obvious choice-but can get a little boooooooooring… so to jazz them up try one of these choices:
-make a fruit smoothie
-DIP! use flavored yogurt, or flavor plain yogurt (Greek or regular) yourself by adding a TBSP of peanut butter, sugar free jams, crystal light packets, sugar-free pudding mix or even some cocoa powder!
-Dipping works well with fresh veggies too – just take Greek yogurt (or plain regular) and add some Ranch seasoning mix (or any seasonings you choose)… it won’t be hard to finish off that bag of baby carrots that way!
-Freeze it! Frozen grapes and watermelon are the perfect summer snack! I don’t even like watermelon, but enjoy it when it’s frozen! It’s also fun to blend up frozen watermelon and juice or lemonade for a healthy slushy – or just add a couple chunks of frozen watermelon or grapes to your water for a fruity change!
-Make a wrap-
(for a crepe-like wrap recipe click here)
~there are tons of ways to wrap up your fruits or veggies! For example, take a whole wheat tortilla and cover with that Greek yogurt and Ranch dip you made earlier, top with chopped peppers, corn, spinach/lettuce, and a little shredded cheese – you could even add some deli turkey or chicken to make it a more fulfilling snack or small meal!
-you could also top the tortilla with one of the fruit spreads we discussed and then add chopped fruit-
I like to add a banana and then sprinkle with granola or flax seed! Or make a Peanutty Apple Wrap (click for the recipe!)
Using lettuce leaves as wraps is also a great way to get in another serving of those veggies! Just take a lettuce leaf, add some deli turkey and roll up! Seems almost too easy, but I assure you – it tastes GREAT!
Other recipes I’ve created that are heavy on the fruits and veggies are:
and Larabars take 2
So there you have it! You can snack and not sabotage your healthy lifestyle! Let me know what your healthy snack choices are and if you try any of my recipes!