Healthy Snacks for at Home and On the Go
Voices in My Head
"Step away from the cookie jar. Step-away-from-the-cookie-jar." That's a quote from just one of the voices in my head. It's the one that tries to protect me from poor food choices. I want to share a few of the easy, fast, healthy snacks and foods that have worked for me over the long haul, and the long haul is what it's all about when it comes to weight control and health maintenance.
Frozen Grapes, as a Snack and in Fruit Smoothies to Replace Ice
I will share the easiest first. Grapes, but not just grapes. Frozen Grapes. Red or green, they turn out great. Why are frozen grapes so sweet? Anyone involved in the wine industry knows the answer to that. When we put grapes in the freezer, it's the water that freezes. The grape juice that remains has all of the sugar concentrated in it. When you pop that little frozen orb into your mouth, the first reaction is shock at how cold it is. But with the first bite, you forget all about that.
Do you like fruit smoothies? Instead of using ice in your next fruit smoothie, throw in some frozen grapes. Instead of diluting your smoothie with frozen water, enhance the fruit flavor with frozen grapes.
Here is one side benefit of frozen grapes that I have noticed. This may not work for anyone else, but it has worked for me repeatedly. If I have a sinus headache and eat some frozen grapes, it goes away. I assume the cold shrinks swelling in the sinuses above the roof of the mouth. I'm no doctor, so I will stop with that. I just thought it was worth mentioning. If it works for you, call Dr. Oz so he can tell the world.
Cheese, Veggies and Almonds
This snack is more like a meal. One ounce of cheese, a small handful of raw almonds and small portions of several raw vegetables. Eating all of these at once makes a unique flavor. The only word that describes it for me is "earthy." I like to take this with me when I go for a hike. It is all finger food, so it works well with eating while I walk. The taste of the food and the natural surroundings blend beautifully. The hike does not have to be in the mountains or forest. Take a bag of this mix to work and eat it as you walk a few blocks at lunch time.
I used to get carried away at the grocery store in the produce section. I would grab far too much, intending on using it all. I would often end up wasting a lot of food that way. I have since learned to grab a few things and eat them till they are gone.
Homemade Trail Mix
Here is a snack that will send the Cookie Monster in you running for cover. It is a blend of raw almonds, sunflower seeds, dried cherries and chocolate morsels. This snack will leave you feeling full for a while and is packed with good stuff. Almonds are twenty percent protein. Grab a handful and think of every fifth one as a chunk of solid protein. Sunflower seeds are amazing. They provide healthy acids and fats as well as a variety of minerals. I eat cherries partly just to support the cherry farmers in my area of northern Michigan. The bright red of the cherry reminds us that it is packed with antioxidants. Did you know that cherries have an anti-inflammatory effect on the human body? Finally we come to the chocolate. Why chocolate you ask? Well, all I can say is, it's chocolate.
Simple, Easy, Healty Snacks and Foods
These are three simple, easy, healthy snacks and foods that will satisfy your hunger in different ways. The key is that they are so easy. Why do we eat the packaged cookies and other packaged snacks? Well, they taste great, yes, but it is also because they are easy. If we make easy snacks, quick snacks and healthy snacks, snacks that are also good healthy food, they will have a better chance at competing with the junk foods.
You might still be wondering why I put those chocolate morsels in an otherwise healthy snack. All I can say is that it has to do with one of the other voices in my head. The voice says something like this: "Eat chocolate and no body gets hurt."