Homemade Snacks to Keep your New Year’s Resolutions on Track
The start of a new year seems like the perfect time to reboot health routine and start a new diet — that is, until you’re about halfway through your week and craving your usual snack of crunchy, salted potato chips or creamy caramel-filled milk chocolate. Whether you’ve vowed to lose weight this year, to eat more vegetables, or to go gluten-free, your snacking routine can either help you reach your goals or quickly sabotage your success. Luckily, there are a number of healthy and delicious homemade snacks that are both easy to make and resolution-friendly.
Regardless of your New Year’s health and diet goals, you’ll need to rely on snacks that are healthy and filling. If you’re hungry, it will be more difficult to avoid temptations (like that plate of chewy chocolate chip cookies your co-worker brought into the office). Look for snacks that are rich in fiber and protein; they’ll help you stay fuller longer. Nuts, seeds, and beans are healthy snacking staples, as they’re good sources of both. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help boost your fiber intake and (as far as snacking is concerned) eggs are a great way to get more protein in your diet.
Another way to help keep your healthy snacking routine on track is to choose snacks that are flavorful and versatile. If you’re tired of snacking on plain hard-boiled eggs for extra protein, try scooping out the yolks and filling the halved whites with a bright, citrusy guacamole. Or, blend that same guacamole into a basic white bean dip to make your crudités more interesting. Using a healthy snack or ingredient in a number of creative can help prevent monotony which can, in turn, help you stick to your diet-related resolutions.
So, before you reach for that bag of potato chips or sugar-loaded candy bar, consider healthier ways to satisfy your salt or sugar cravings. We’ve got a few ideas to get you started.
Easy Homemade Hummus
What could be quicker and easier than just tossing ingredients into a food processor? Ready in a matter of minutes, hummus is a healthy and delicious way to stay full between meals. Click here for our best hummus recipes.
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Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.