During this time of social distancing, we’re all looking for some different things to do to keep busy. One fun way to pass the time is to whip up some of your own creations that you can munch on throughout the week. Cooking and baking, whether from your own recipe or one you’ve found online, is a great way to spend some of your time at home. It can be a way to relax, a way to bond with family members, and a way to feel productive. Some people find cooking a great release for mental stress too.
The problem with all of this awesome baking? You’re usually left with a lot of tempting calories sitting around the house. The last thing you really want is to sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Luckily, getting safely delivered meals that ensure portion control and healthy eating is a wonderful perk of being a Diet-to-Go customer. You know exactly how many calories you’re eating each week and what recommendations fit within your individualized plans to reach your weight loss goals.* For many customers, there’s also room for a healthy snack or two throughout the week.
We want to encourage you to jump into cooking creatively for your family and yourself, but we also want to help you to have healthy options when you’re looking for something to nibble on. That’s why we rounded up 10 of our favorite sweet and salty healthy snack recipes to enjoy while social distancing, Add a little extra variety to your week!
1) Crispy Cocoa Kale Chips
Yields: About 20 chips
Serving Size: About 10 chips
You may never have thought of kale and chocolate as two ingredients that went together — but they are, actually, a heck of a match. The cocoa and coconut oil work to firm up the kale and create a sweet-tasting snack that you can munch on between the video conference calls and tasty Diet-to-Go meals throughout the week.
2) Cinnamon Yogurt Fruit Dip
Yields: 16 servings
Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Fruit is a great snack to enjoy when you’d like to have something sweet — and with this dip to compliment it, you’ll quickly find it’s your go-to. It mixes yogurt, vanilla, cinnamon and honey and is one of the simplest things you can make. Plus, the dip keeps in the refrigerator for up to five days — so you can easily return to it whenever you have a hankering for something sweet.
3) Bliss Balls
Yields: 9-14 balls
Serving Size: 1 ball
Calories: 100-200 (varied based on type)
Whether you’re a nut, chocolate, peanut butter, caramel or fruit lover, you can find your perfect flavor with these Bliss Balls. They’re packed with healthy fats, fiber, protein and complex carbs and make for an amazing pop-in-your-mouth treat.
4) No-Bake Banana Granola Bars
Yields: 10-12 bars
Serving Size: 1 bar
Perfect for a warm spring day, these no-bake banana granola bars are more like a dessert than a snack. They use ripe bananas as the main sweetener to avoid any excess sugar and are popped into the freezer to give them a cool flavor that make them especially enjoyable after dinner, sitting outside on the patio.
5) Layered Mocha and Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
Yields: 2-3 servings
Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories: ~150-200 calories
Skip the ice cream and opt for this Layered Mocha and Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding instead. You can go for a lightly sweetened version or add in a tablespoon of maple syrup for those with a bit higher level of sweet tooth. Either way, you’ll love this little mix — particularly in the morning.
6) Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
Yields: 2 cups
Serving Size: ⅓ cup
Salty, spicy and slightly crunchy, the chickpeas are the star in this healthy snack that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. They combine simple ingredients for a complex flavor profile that will make you forget you ever even wanted high-calorie junk food alternatives like chips or crackers.
7) Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Serving Size: ½ batch
Yes, these are made using sweet potatoes, but they’re actually perfect for creating a salty snack high in potassium, fiber and complex carbohydrates. The recipe uses olive oil and sea salt and so simple to make, you’ll be surprised it’s packed with so much flavor.
8) Roasted Salted Green Peas
Serving Size: 1g
If you’re not super into vegetables, there’s a way to have your cake and eat it too. Just try these roasted, salted green peas on for size, which have a crunchy texture and use only a few simple ingredients that work together for quite the flavor profile.
9) Avocado Toast
Serving Size: 1 piece of toast
If you have 3 minutes to spare, whipping up this avocado toast recipe is something you won’t regret. Sometimes, it’s the simple things that make for the best snack — and that’s certainly the case here. All you need is an avocado, bread, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and salt & pepper for a tasty snack that will keep you full and that you’ll want to make again and again.
10) Parmesan Carrot Fries
Yields: 4 servings
Serving Size: ¼ batch
French fries are one of Americans’ most beloved junk food items. Unfortunately, they also tend to come packed with calories and saturated fat. Luckily, swapping carrots for potatoes and leveraging the oven (instead of frier) gives you a nice alternative. This recipe provides a complex flavor profile that will satisfy even the most stubborn of vegetable haters.
Do you have a favorite snack recipe? Share the link in the comments below!
Author: Caitlin H
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.