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Healthy Snackin Chicks

 I am always looking for crunchy healthy snacks that are low in carbs, high in protein and not laden with bad oils. This is why I originally created flackers. Having said that, a girl needs alternatives and choices, right? There is always room for other healthy snack food, here is my second favorite: high in fiber, protein and a good healthy alternative to chips…popped chickpeas…yum!

Popped Chickpeas –

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

1 can of chickpeas, drained

Your favorite spices to taste

 Directions

Sauté the chickpeas in the olive oil until they pop. Sprinkle with your favorite spices to taste. Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Olympic Gold Medal Snacks

If you are an olympics fan and want to feel as fit as the athletes and look just as good then its important to feed yourself with only the best whole food ingredients even while munchng and snacking. Consider some of these fabulous healthy snacks while watching the olympic games. They will satisfy your cravings, keep you feeling full, energized and balanced!

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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In the mood for a simple luscious healthy filling afternoon snack ?

If you are in the mood for a light, filling, diabetic friendly, rich, creamy luscious healthy snack, say no more, avocado drizzled with balsamic vinegar…the end!

Try this for your afternoon delight;

slice an avocado in half, remove the pit, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Spoon each bite right out of the skin and enjoy! Or, place on a flacker, a piece of fruit or vegetable of your choice, then enjoy!

If you want to eat healthy, you can’t go wrong with this snack; avocados are high in fiber and monounsaturated healthy fats– both of which are super for weight management and have a steadying effect on blood sugar. Avocados are also loaded with potassium, so if you decide to add a littel salt, no worries, these two balance eachother out!

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Healthy Zesty Condiments (part two)

As promised, the second list of healthy delicious condiments is finally here!

Hummus; Naturally this one ends up on my list. I serve this with flackers at every single demo we do and who does not like hummus? Hummus, which is made with chickpeas, tahini (optional), garlic, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil, is easily one of the healthiest tastiest creamiest condiments I know that goes with just about everything and makes anything it lands on taste creamier and terribly good. Hummus can be eaten alone or on a cracker, flacker, piece of vegetable, chip or any other type of edible scooped or flat delivery thing that makes you happy. It is simply the best, most fabulously healthy rich addition to any snack.

If you make it yourself, and this is easy, especially if you have a food processor, use only the finest organic ingredients and extra virgin olive oil. The store-bought versions can sometimes be deceiving in terms of their healthy nature because the oils they use are questionable; soy oils, vegetables oils are often used to keep the price down but they are not as good for you, so buyer beware. So be a label reader and find a brand that uses good extra virgin olive oil.

Pesto; Ahhh pesto, how much do I love thee, let me count the ways! Pesto is a generally a macerated mix of basil, garlic, pine nuts, basil, olive oil, and grated cheese.  It’s a great source of healthy fats and also powerful antioxidants, mostly from the garlic and basil, but to some extent from the pine nuts and olive oil too. I like to use walnuts because then I am also adding omega-3 fatty acids and I generally avoid the cheese but that’s just me. I also will add kale leaves or spinach to my blender when mixing these items to get more antioxidants vitamins and minerals with each delicious scoop.

And finally, one of my ultimate favorites….hot sauce!  This is my addiction for sure, I love cayenne, black pepper, wasabi, anything to spice it up, I am for it all! And actually, hot sauce is, or can be, quite healthy and good for you while adding zing to almost anything.  Hot peppers, namely capsaicin, is actually fairly good for you, known in holistic medicine to increase circulation and to help heal stomach ulcers if you can believe that! Hot spices can even cause a slight and temporary metabolism increase.  The only drawback to most hot sauces is that some contain sugar, bad, and others have a moderately high amount of sodium, also can be bad if you are using too much a lot of the time, which for most people, not a problem.

So now you know my top choices of zesty, healthy condiments. Next time you are looking for that little something extra to add to your dish, don’t be afraid to indulge in one of these tasty additions. If you have a recipe for any of the above that you would like to share, please send I am always interested in new palate adventures!

Enjoy!.

recipes I like:

Hummus:

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/cumin-curried-hummus-10000000780414/

Pesto:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/pesto-recipe/index.html

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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