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Leading a healthy life has become increasingly popular nowadays, and diet plays a huge part in that. More and more people are steering towards organic foods and minding their well-being more, which is beneficial to the planet as a whole. But when you limit what you consume, you might run out of designs for meals.
When it comes to eating clean, things can get repetitive after a while if you don’t make a mental note out of being creative with your food. Finding more info on the Cruise Control food list is an adequate way to get inspired and find some recipe ideas to fuel your lifestyle. But before you do that, here are five snack alternatives you can try in half an hour or less.
1. Peach Pie Smoothie
It’s no secret that everyone likes a good slice of pie. And when it comes to fruits to fill it with, there’s nothing sweeter than peaches. But baking can be a time-consuming endeavor. The Food Network’s own Ellie Krieger has the perfect solution for that, namely a delicious and nourishing smoothie that is the perfect breakfast or mid-day snack.
- ½ cup non-fat milk (1% works too);
- ½ cup non-fat plain yogurt;
- 1 cup frozen peaches;
- 1 tbsp of honey (or more to taste);
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon;
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract;
- And a pinch of ground nutmeg and ginger.
All you need to do after you’ve gathered your ingredients is to put them in a blender and blend until the mixture is smooth. The aforementioned amounts result in one two-cup serving of peach pie smoothie that only takes 5 minutes to make, which means that it’s perfect when you’re craving a healthy, yet sweet treat when you’re on the go.
With a content of just 260 calories, the peach pie smooth is an excellent source of protein, calcium, and vitamin C. Furthermore, it also nourishes the body with fiber, iodine, phosphorus, riboflavin and vitamin A, making it an excellent choice for any occasion.
2. Hummus Crackers
Even though people in the Middle East have been enjoying hummus for centuries, this delicious treat has only recently entered the midst of international cuisine. Now you can find it in any grocery store across America and Europe, but it’s better if you make your own. Try the following recipe for a hummus snack with a twist.
- 1 can of chickpeas;
- 1 red pepper;
- 1 clove of garlic;
- ¼ can of tahini paste;
- 2 tbsp lemon juice;
- 1 tsp smoked paprika;
- ¼ ground cumin;
- Salt and pepper to taste;
- Fresh dill;
- And 16 crackers (brand of choice).
Broil your red pepper 3 minutes on each side, then transfer it to a bowl and let it cool down. Peel off its skin and discard the seeds to prepare it for the food processor. Add it in there alongside the chickpeas, garlic, tahini paste, smoked paprika, ground cumin, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Purée the mixture until it is smooth, then put it on the crackers.
Top the whole thing off with a bit of dill. If you want to put some fun into your snack, spread the hummus on the cracker in carrot shape and use the dill as the greenery on it. The entire process shouldn’t take longer than 20 minutes, which is a decent amount of time to spend making such a nutritious and savory snack.
At just 65 calories a bowl, it’s the perfect way to stay fit and not have to sacrifice your productivity or tweak your schedule. And it’s also a great source of protein and fiber, which will boost energy levels and keep you focused through the day.
3. Crispy Roasted Kale
Healthy living enthusiasts have been preaching the health benefits of kale for many years now. And all for good reason. Not only is it one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world, but it also lowers cholesterol and helps prevent cancer in the long run. Learn how to turn it into a savory snack with the recipe below.
- 2 bunches of curly kale;
- ¼ extra-virgin olive oil;
- Salt and pepper to taste;
- Fleur de sel.
Separate the kale bunches into leaves and cut out the stems. If some are too big for roasting, halve them at this point. Then put them in a bowl of water and wash well. drain the kale and dry it in a salad spinner or by leaving it out for a while if you don’t have such a tool. Then toss it with the olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spread the kale on three racks. Roasting too much of it simultaneously will cause it to steam rather than become crispy. Leave it for 15 minutes, or until it becomes satisfyingly crunchy, then sprinkle fleur de sel on top. The entire duration should be of no more than 30 minutes, out of which only 15 were spent actively.
The quantities mentioned above yield a total of 6 servings of crispy roasted kale. Each serving contains just 175 calories and 1 gram of saturated fat while providing the body with 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.
4. Garlic Potato Chips
While kale chips are undoubtedly a suitable alternative to the classic potato variety, sometimes you just crave those. Fortunately, Ellie Krieger has a tasty suggestion for all of us that will help us cook the perfect potato chip snack that is lean and nourishing at the same time. Here is everything you need to get started.
- 2 unpeeled russet potatoes;
- 2 tsp minced garlic;
- 1 tbsp olive oil;
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Heat the garlic with the olive oil until golden, then strain the oil for later use. Slice the potatoes thinly with a mandoline, then rinse them with cold water and leave them to dry. Toss them with the garlic oil and seasoning, then bake at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until they turn golden, crisp and delicious.
This healthy alternative to heavily processed, store-bought potato chips has just 100 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving, while providing the body with some fiber and protein to fuel it through the otherwise long hours until dinner.
5. Double Tomato Bruschetta
No healthy snack recipe list would be complete without some delightful bruschetta. This one is suited for all the tomato lovers out there who just can’t get enough of the healthy red veggies in their meals.
- 6 chopped plum tomatoes;
- ½ sun-dried tomatoes;
- 3 minced garlic cloves;
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar;
- ¼ cup olive oil;
- ¼ cup fresh basil;
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese;
- 1 French baguette;
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Slice the baguette into 3-inch pieces and broil for 2 minutes in a preheated oven. In a bowl, mix the two tomato varieties with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper. Spread evenly on the bread and put the mozzarella cheese on top. Broil for another 5 minutes until it becomes nice and melted.
With a calorie count of just 215 per serving, the double tomato bruschetta is an excellent source of protein, providing the body with a whopping 9 grams of it. Nevertheless, it’s the fattiest out of all these snacks, so don’t go overboard with it.
When you’re looking for something fast and nutritious to nibble on, each and every one of the previously presented snacks has great potential to energize you and aid you in being concentrated and productive through the day. And because they are a varied bunch, you will surely find something to suit any taste.