The big ball has dropped and the statute of limitations for New Year’s Resolutions has “technically” passed. Still, why not try to do better? Establishing and/or maintaining a healthy lifestyle in 2019 will require a balance of exercise and healthy eating choices.
To that end, here are three healthy snacks that are fast and fun to prepare, satisfying to eat, easy on the wallet, and pretty portable to boot.
Thanksgiving may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t gobble up these handy snacks that boast a satisfying crunch.
Turkey is also an amazing source of protein, which aids in the preservation of muscle mass.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 4 slices of deli turkey breast
- Cream cheese
- Cucumber slivers
See where we’re going with this?
Spread the cream cheese evenly on a slice of turkey, place a sliver of cucumber in the center, and roll that masterpiece into a bite-sized super snack. You know what to do next.
Peanut Butter Bites
These no-bake marvels provide a nice energy boost at any time of day, while satisfying your sweet tooth at the same time.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 1 cup granola
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon honey
There are countless variations of this recipe available online. Some incorporate flaxseed and/or bran, while others throw in oats and brown sugar. Make it your own (within reason – no chocolate bar miniatures or bacon strips).
Assemble the basic ingredients, mix ’em all together, and refrigerate for an hour. After everything’s congealed sufficiently, form into balls. (This recipe should yield about 20 altogether.) Keep refrigerated until ready to eat. Then try not to clean the whole plate in one sitting. That’s counterproductive.
Serving size: 1-2 bites
Apple Slices with Peanut and/or Almond Butter
We’re doubling down on the granola-based healthy snacks. And why not? Granola can be a great source of fiber and iron. And when combined with a salty-sweet spread and the all-natural crunch of a good apple, you can’t go wrong.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 2 small apples
- 3 tablespoons of peanut or almond butter
- 2 tablespoons of semisweet chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons of granola
The first step is to core the apples and cut them crosswise into ¼ to ½-inch thick rounds. Spread each round with your choice of peanut or almond butter (or go crazy and alternate with both). Then sprinkle each with the chocolate chips and granola.
Now it’s time to get creative.
Make individual sandwiches by pressing two of the prepared apple rounds together – or make a Jenga-inspired tower of apple slices, stacking your peanut and almond butter rounds as high as you like (and then having a mouthwatering time taking everything down to the foundation.)
This recipe should yield at least 5 mini sandwiches. Serving size: 1-2.
Hungry yet? These healthy snacks are great for a burst of energy first thing in the morning, or after an intense workout at the studio. Speaking of which, a New Year is a great time to find out what your local personal training studio has to offer. Fitness Together Ellicott City has private and semi-private workout suites, sensational trainers, and flexible scheduling. Give us a call at 410-750-2228 to get started.