Monday, February 13, 2017

Healthy and Delicious Snack Combinations

Are you looking to add variety to your healthy snack ideas? Here are some delicious flavor combinations with no added fat or added sugar.

Apples, cheese, and peanuts

Some people think peanut butter on apple tastes like a caramel apple. I am not sure I would go that far, although the flavor combination is close, and it is flavorful. Cheese also goes well with apples, and with peanuts or peanut butter.

Below is a photo of my occasional morning snack:

  • ½ large apple
  • Less than 1 oz. low fat co-jack cheese
  • About 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter or lightly salted peanuts

½ apple with low fat cheese and natural peanut butter

Be sure to choose healthy products - such as natural peanut butter or lightly salted peanuts, and low fat cheese. Also - the apple portion should be greater than the cheese and peanut portions.

Variation: apple, cheese, and almonds

  • ½ large apple
  • 1 slice low fat Swiss cheese
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons almonds

If I have small apples, I will consume the entire apple with the cheese and nuts. When I have very large apples, I cut them in half. Cover the cut portion with plastic wrap, and the apple will still be fresh the next day. The apple in the photo above was cut in half the day before, and then covered with plastic wrap.

Trail Mix combinations

  • ½ cup unsalted nuts - I prefer almonds or walnuts, although my husband prefers peanuts
  • ¼ cup raisins or dried fruit, such as cherries, cranberries, or pineapple
  • Fresh coconut flakes
  • ½ cup pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, or flax seeds
  • ¼ cup Cheerios
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate or semi-sweet pieces

Combine all ingredients. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt, if desired. Store in a sealed jar or container.

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