Snacking is probably one of the hardest things to do on a diet. Sure, you can plan healthy lunches and dinners. But for a snack, you need something light, low calorie, health, and most importantly, easy!
Almonds and other nuts are a great snack to have. They can be stored in room temperature and are filling enough that a small baggy full will satisfy. Almost, in particular, are great for building muscles and fighting food cravings. They are full of protein, health fats, vitamin E, folate, fiber, magnesium and phosphate. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are also power houses when it comes to the nuts.
When choosing nuts, try to go as raw as possible. Salted nuts and smoked nuts are high in sodium, which leads to spikes in blood pressure. The only bad thing about raw nuts is that they can be very plain. Although plain is more healthy, it is harder to stick to something if it is boring. So try this recipe to mix up your nuts.
Ultimate Trail Mix
What you will need:
- 1 cup of whole, raw almonds.
- 1 cup pecans halves
- 1/3 cups of plain oats
- 2 tbs honey
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup of orange flavored dried cranberries (Craisins)
- 1 cup of dried apricots.
How to make it:
- Preheat the over to 350 degrees F.
- Place the nuts and oats in a bowl and coat lightly with cooking spray.
- Drizzle with 1 tbsp of honey and add the cinnamon, stirring to mix.
- Spread the nuts evenly on a pan and toast for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Once they have cooled, stir in the second tablespoon of honey and mix in the dried fruit.
- Split this into about 1/4 cup servings and place in ziplocks for on the go snacks.
- 170 calories
- 3g of protein
- 18g of carbs
- 9g of monounsaturated fat (the good kind!)
- 0g of saturated fat (the bad kind!)
- 3g of fiber
- 0mg of sodium.
Of course, this recipe can be mixed up, adding a few other great ingredients. If you have a version of this recipe that you like to use, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. I will post updates for everyone to see.
To you health,