Does anyone actually eat three square meals a day anymore? With breakfast on-the-go when you’re in a hurry, lunch half eaten at your desk, and dinner a combination of takeout and leftovers, snacking is a must. While chips and candies are an obvious and tasty choice, there are plenty of healthy options to whip up instead.
Sometimes, it’s the kind of snacks that we choose that can help keep our energy up instead of feeling sluggish. Honestly, how good do you feel after that double order of fries? How about some crunchy and salt roasted nuts instead when the three o’clock munchies hit?
If after-school snacks have you in a rut, we’ve got you covered. Kids love chicken tenders, but you it’s easy to bake your own with half the fat and calories. Plus, they keep for a few days in the refrigerator when tightly sealed, so make a big batch and keep them on hand.
Trim the junk food snacks in exchange for some of these healthy snacks. Check out our list and make sure that you incorporate some of these tasty snacks into your daily snacking routine.
Hummus is a creamy and indulgent dip that can be made in just minutes with canned beans. Place drained and rinsed chickpeas beans, tahini, lemon, garlic, and salt in a food processor and process until smooth.
If you crave something crunchy and salty, try roasted nuts. Mix an assortment of nuts with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven at 450 degrees F for about 10 minutes until golden brown.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.
This story was originally published October 24, 2014.