—How to slim-down with delicious treats and snacks
You may have resolved to lose weight, but you don’t have to compromise on flavor! Try these delicious, diet-friendly snacks and treats to get you on the right track to reach your weight loss goals.
If you are interested in learning more healthy recipes, you may want to look into attending culinary courses in your area. There are good culinary schools in Chicago and other major cities to help take your cooking skills to the next level.
1. Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are incredibly healthy, rich in zinc and healthy fats, and high in fiber. And when roasted, they make a wonderful tasty, savory snack. Try out this recipe with simple virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and a little baking. Or develop your own recipe with spices that suit your palate.
2. Roasted Garlic Hummus
High-protein snacks are great for losing weight during January. They help you feel full longer and keep your blood sugar levels more even so you can skip those wild swings in cravings for food. This roasted garlic recipe takes a little more time that the conventional recipes, but it is amazingly delicious and healthy.
3. Fruit and Nut Granola Bars
You can always go out to the grocery store and buy granola bars, but these are often filled with questionable ingredients and are wrapped in unnecessary packaging. Try making your own to control the ingredients and minimize your waste (green is good, too!). These are filled with all kinds of healthy, filling ingredients like oatmeal, almonds, pistachios, coconut, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, and dried blueberries. Yum!
4. Perfectly Simple Guacamole
If you’re on a low-fat diet, this recipe might not do you for your New Year’s snack list, but if you’re looking for a healthy snack that’s filling and high in healthy fats, then this is the one for you. Pair this simple guacamole recipe with healthy baked pita chips or whole grain crackers to add a little more fiber and substance.
5. Spicy Roasted Chickpeas with Rosemary & Brown Sugar
Chickpeas are an excellent choice for snacking, but you don’t have to just make hummus out of them. Try out this roasted version for a new and interesting twist in your New Year’s snacking routine. They’re made with roasted spices like rosemary, cayenne pepper, and kosher salt, and are sweetened up a bit with brown sugar (though you can skip this if you’d prefer only savory. Filling and spicy!
6. Tofu Chips
Here’s another unique way to incorporate protein into your snacks in a tasty and fun way! These are simple to make – simply cut fry-shaped tofu sticks, coat them in a bit of batter made with Chinese spices, and fry for a nice crispy finish. Make them even healthier by baking them instead of frying!
7. Apple Walnut Crumb Bars
Sometimes you need a bit of a sweet snack to keep you going, and these healthy bars are an excellent choice. They’re made with oats and lemons and walnuts and fresh apples so their foundation is very healthy. If you’re worried about carbs or fat, simply cut back on the butter and sugar a bit to make them even more New Year friendly.
8. 100-Calorie Quick Snacks
Being prepared to snack is always most of the battle, and having some 100-carlorie snacks on hand will make your New Year’s resolutions much easier to keep. And sometimes a simple boiled egg is all you’ll need, although other options include pre-cut cheese or small containers filled with 100 calories of snack mix.