We spend so much time and money healthy meals, we often have minimal resources left when it comes to snacks. I’m here to showcase 6 minimalist snacks to get you started on your healthy eating journey this year. These snacks all have 5 ingredients or less and take less than 10 minutes to prepare.
1. Prune Trail Mix
I love adding a bit of natural sweetness to my trail mix, as I aim to avoid added, refined sugar to my foods. To accomplish this, I added California Prunes to this trail mix – the highest quality prunes in the world. Prunes have a low glycemic index and are high in fibre, keeping blood sugars stable. Traditionally prunes have been known to support digestive health (which they do!), but recently I learned that eating just one daily serving of 5-6 prunes (40 g) actually supports bone health – for more information on this study see here.
Prune Trail Mix
- 3/4 cup walnuts
- 3/4 cup pepita seeds
- 1/2 cup chopped California prunes
- 1/4 cup coconut
- 1 tsp sea salt
- In a medium bowl, toss together the above ingredients.
2. Beet Hummus
I think most of us can agree that dips make eating vegetables so much better. However, the same dips all of the time can get boring! Switch up your typical hummus dip and turn it into a roasted beet hummus. This recipe is creamy, garlic-y and has such a lovely texture.
- 3 small roasted beets
- one 15-oz can chickpeas
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- In a blender, add all of the ingredients and pulse until smooth. Serve with cucumbers.
3. Maple Cinnamon Popcorn
Popcorn is one of my favourite snacks. It’s high in fibre and is a whole grain. Instead of the salty and processed toppings that we typically add to our popcorn, let’s add some flavour with sweet spices and maple syrup.
Maple Cinnamon Popcorn
- 3 cups popped popcorn
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Mix maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg with the popped popcorn.
4. Spiced Golden Yogurt
I’m fascinated with the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric. Turmeric’s active compound Curcumin is touted to be a superfood – its scientifically proven to be anti-inflammatory for the body, cancer fighting, mood enhancing and boosts your immune system against infection (to name just a few). I’m always looking for new ways to use this spice – the latest is mixed in with yogurt!
Spiced Golden Yogurt
- 1.5 cup Greek yogurt
- 3/4 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- Maple syrup, drizzled
- In a medium bowl, mix together yogurt and spices. Serve with peppers
5. Sunflower Butter Protein Apple Sandwiches
This ones for my teacher friends who can’t bring nuts to school. Nuts are such a great source of nutrition and easy snack. However, get around this by using sunflower butter instead! Simply store some apples, sunflower seed butter and hemp seeds in your desk and assemble this snack when you’re getting those mid-afternoon cravings.
Sunflower Butter Protein Apple Slices
- 2 Apples
- 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- Slice apples as per personal preference.
- Spread sunflower seed butter on apple slices. Sprinkle with hemp seeds.
6. Roasted Edamame and Pomm Seeds
Do you ever get a craving for sweet and salty? I know I do! This snack satisfies both cravings, while adding a ton of fibre and protein to keep you full for a long time.
Roasted Edamame with Pomm Seeds
- 1 cup frozen edamame
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- In a frying pan, warm up frozen edamame for about 5 minutes. Add sea salt once warmed up. Serve with pomegranate seeds.