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We all know I’m a snacker. If you’ve been a long time reader or taken the time to browse through my recipe archives, you’d know that after breakfast, dessert or a snack is my favourite meal of the day. I have a gigantic sweet tooth and I’m all about satisfying it with mostly healthy sweet treats.
But, as much as I love baked goods, sometimes baking just isn’t possible, or – gasp – sometimes I’m just not in the mood. Take the last couple weeks for example. First I was packing up my life to move for the second time in 3 months. Then, I actually had to move and unpack in my new place. Not only was I tired after all of that, but my new apartment doesn’t have AC and temperatures were sky high last week. No way was I turning on the oven in those conditions.
So, I had to improvise and find healthy snacks that didn’t require much thought or prep.
1. Nut Butters
I’ve literally eaten peanut butter by the spoonful when I was feeling snackish, but there are so many ways to use it in snacks. Pre lactose intolerant days, I’d mix in peanut butter with some greek yogurt for a quick protein filled snack. These days I make my own nut butter and enjoy it on toast, with fruit slices or drizzled on my oatmeal.
2. Rolled Oats
If there’s ever a zombie apocalypse, I’ll have oats while everyone else has canned food. I love how filling they are, and a bowl of oatmeal is just as good cold as it is hot, which is pretty handy in the current heat – and the zombie apocalypse scenario. Plus, they’re versatile. I wrote an entire post dedicated to the many things you can make with oatmeal, but these coconut date energy balls are perfect if you’re against turning on the oven like I am right now. And, if you’re feeling particularly lazy, try plain oats and milk with some cinnamon and your favourite sweetener for the easiest and cheapest lazy girl cereal around.
3. Frozen fruits
Frozen fruits are a staple in my freezer. I always have a bag of mixed berries, another bag of some kind of tropical medley as well as ziplock bags of frozen bananas. In the summer, I even freeze my own fruit. It makes it so simple to just throw some fruit and what ever veggies I have on hand into my NutriBullet, blend and devour when I’m feeling for smoothies or other cold treats.
4. Dried Fruit, nuts and seeds
I went through a dates and almonds obsession last fall and it’s back cuz I’ve been going to town on the bags of dates I usually use for baking. Occasionally, I’ll mix it up and nosh on cranberries, dried coconut and almonds. Healthy fats and unrefined sugars for the win. But, if you’re not a fan of chowing down on dried fruit on it’s own as a snack, it’s also great in trail mixes and energy balls. But be warned, dried fruit can get expensive at the grocery store so try to buy it in bulk.
5. Fresh Fruit and Veggies
If all else fails – or just because I’m craving them – fruits and veggies make amazing healthy snacks. I always have bananas in my house and I keep apples, berries and melon on hand in rotation. I chop the vegetables and bigger fruits, like melon, at the beginning of the week so it’s easy to just grab some of the pre cut stuff when I’m feeling peckish. Simple and definitely healthy. Plus, fresh fruit is great for making popsicles, which are basically the snack of the summer.
What about you?
- What are your healthy snacking essentials?
- What snacks do you make using these ingredients?
Share in the comments below!
This is an updated version of a post originally published in October 2014.