All throughout January we’re bringing you 30 Days & Ways to a Healthy New Year, a series of easy strategies for overall wellness (and because we love food, it’s focuses on the foods and cooking techniques to add into your life instead of what to take away.) Read on for our latest eat well strategy: eat healthy snacks.
If you go too long between meals without eating, you’re more likely to overindulge come mealtime. That’s why we like to eat healthy snacks throughout the day like nuts, fruit, cheese and veggies, to curb our appetites. Try a few of our favorites below.
|Brûléed Grapefruit with Cinnamon and Mint
This isn’t the broiled grapefruit of the 1960s—we’ve updated it by sprinkling it lightly with cinnamon and brown sugar, then topping with slivered mint and almonds.
|Chewy Fruit and Nut Bars
These homemade bars make great snacks or lunch-box treats. You can assemble them in minutes and walk away while they set in the refrigerator—no baking required! Use this recipe as a template for variations using any of your favorite dried fruits and nuts.
Spiced chickpeas, accented with paprika, cumin and cayenne like the ones pictured here, are typically fried. In this preparation, they’re cooked in an air fryer for a similar texture with a fraction of the fat.
|Smoky Eggplant Dip
This creamy mixture contains no cream. Instead, it’s made with smoky, fire-roasted eggplant, lemon juice and plenty of crushed garlic. Serve it with warmed pita wedges or endive leaves.
|Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic and Herbs
Anyone who likes classic French fries is guaranteed to like these cheese-and-herb-dusted sweet potato fries. They are roasted rather than deep-fried, which makes them healthier without sacrificing flavor. Leaving the peel on adds more taste and texture to the dish and also retains more nutrients.
|Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Smoked Paprika
These crispy baked chips made from sturdy fresh greens are every bit as addictive as other chips, but are guilt-free.
Not only are smoothies a convenient on-the-go option, they’re also a fantastic way to give your digestive system a bit of a break. For something different, try blending together ripe kiwis, lime, and pear (and if you want a little extra fiber, you can even leave the skins on the kiwi, too).
Edamame are green soybeans. Munch on them for an easy snack—they’re tasty and good for you, too.
|Sweet Potato Hummus
Add a fresh, seasonal twist to traditional hummus by swapping out the chickpeas for roasted sweet potatoes.