Even though there’s no shortage of healthy snack options out there, I tend to fall into the same snack ruts. My go-tos? A banana with peanut butter, a cup of fruity Greek yogurt, or an apple when I’m on-the-go. While all of those are great options, I’ve been getting a little more creative with my snacking recently, so I had to share.
My current favorite is plain Greek yogurt sweetened with a little honey and topped with banana slices and raw oats. Since plain Greek yogurt has a lot less sugar than the fruit-on-the-bottom kind and it’s usually a lot cheaper to buy big tubs of plain Greek yogurt than the individual cups, it’s a win-win. I’ve been loving the addition of raw oats to my yogurt bowls since they add some crunch and texture. It may also have something to do with the fact that I can’t be trusted around granola…and as much as I love thinking of storebought granola as being healthy, it actually has a lot of oil and added sugar in it, unfortunately. Taste-wise, I actually prefer the raw oats!
I’ve also been enjoying apple slices with almond butter. There’s something about taking the time to slice up an apple and dip it that makes it feel like a much more substantial snack. And Trader Joe’s Salted Almond Butter is amazing.
I’ve also been roasting a big pan of sweet potato rounds with salt, pepper, and garlic powder during the weekend to snack on throughout the week. I haven’t quite gotten the perfect crispiness yet, but I’ll share the cooking method when I do! I’ve also started cutting up a pineapple to have in my dorm fridge. I used to avoid buying pineapples since I have to cut them up, but it doesn’t take long, and it’s one of my favorite fruits to have around. A tip I learned for telling if it’s ripe is to try to pull one of the green stems out of the pineapple’s top. If it comes out easily, the pineapple’s ripe. You can also sniff the pineapple and if it smells a little bit sweet, then it’s ready.
And for an easy, no-prep snack to have on-the-go, I’ve been loving Apple Pie Larbars. These have 6 ingredients– raisins, almonds, unsweetened apples, walnuts, cinnamon, and dates– and that’s it! Since most granola bars on the shelves beside them are filled with 20 or 30 ingredients, many of which are unrecognizable, I love that Larbars are simple and made out of ingredients that someone without a degree in food science can understand. And if you’re up for it, you can try making them yourself!
What healthy snacks have you been loving recently?