Healthy Snacks for Picky Eaters
By Randi Morse
For some reason it's during this time of year that I find myself craving snacks more than any other time of year. Maybe it's because holiday planning is in full swing and I'm ridiculously busy, or maybe it's because I live where the cold and snow force us to remain inside for so many months during the year. Either way, snacking is definitely my Achilles heel. When I grew up I was told that you should never snack, but I've also been told by a dietitian that snacking is completely healthy, as long as you do it in a healthy way. As I'm a "picky" eater, I struggled to find snacks that I could enjoy which were delicious and still healthy. Here are some of my favorite healthy snacks.
One of the things I adore about hummus is that there are so many different flavors you can get. It's even easy to make your own and make it any flavor, and as potent, as you want. In order to stay healthy I generally dip carrots in my hummus, but it's great on little pieces of toast as well.
There are times when you have a sweet tooth and nothing but chocolate will do. The good news is that dark chocolate is actually good for you, as long as you don't eat pounds of it at a time. Dark chocolate bark is super easy to make, and you can add any toppings you like with it. While my husband loves pretzels and dried cherries on it, I prefer simply having dark chocolate and some dried cranberries.
Green Bean Chips
While I really don't care for salad veggies, I adore side dish veggies, and green bean chips give me the crunch and saltiness I want while still being healthy! The recipe is simple (click on the story link below) and when you dip it in a little bit of ranch you've got the makings of the perfect midday snack.
Hard Boiled Eggs
I've found that the easiest way to make perfect hard boiled eggs every time is to cook them in my pressure cooker, but it's not difficult to cook them on a stove either. Hard boiled eggs are, quite frankly, the perfect snack. They're high in protein, low in carbs and are filling enough to tide you over until your next meal.
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