As a health coach, one of the most common concerns I hear from people is that they find themselves overdoing it on snacks that leave them feeling less-than-amazing. Packaged, processed snacks are often filled with outrageous amounts of salt and sugar that can throw your system out of whack and lead to an unhealthy cycle of cravings. The next time you feel a craving kicking in, break the cycle by trying one of these delicious, wholesome and totally satisfying snacks.
If you tend to crave salty, crunchy snacks like potato chips, try these baked kale crisps:
Baked Kale Crisps
makes 4 - 6 servings
- 1 bunch kale (rinsed and dried)
- Coconut or olive oil cooking spray
- 1/4- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
Remove kale from stalks and break into 2-inch pieces.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray foil with cooking spray. Spread kale out over sheet, making sure the pieces don't overlap. Spray the kale generously with cooking oil and sprinkle with salt.
Bake for 9-15 minutes (the amount of time will vary with each oven) until the edges of the kale are nicely browned. Enjoy right away!
Crispy Apple Chips
Craving something sweet and crunchy like a cookie? Try these Cinnamon Apple Chips. They're crispy, chewy and will definitely hit the spot. They take a little longer to prepare so be sure to plan ahead.
makes 4 servings
- 4 apples
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
Preheat oven to 225° Fahrenheit.
Use a mandoline slicer or sharp knife to cut the apple into the thinnest possible slices (1/8" thick or less).
Place apple slices on a baking sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon and salt. Bake in the oven for 1 hour.
Remove slices from oven and set to cool. They will feel a little soft coming out of the oven but they will firm up as the cool. Enjoy as is, or dip in peanut butter!
Banana Soft Serve
Love having ice cream after dinner? Try swapping it out for banana soft serve. This is my absolute favorite dessert! I like to top it with dried coconut flakes.
makes 2 servings
- 2 bananas, removed from peel and frozen
- 1/4 unsweetened nondairy milk (I use almond)
- 1-2 tsp. agave
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for one minute or until completely smooth. Enjoy right away!
Making small swaps like replacing your afternoon bag of potato chips with kale chips can lead to big changes. Most importantly, don't beat yourself up if you make a less-than-amazing food choice. Just make sure your next meal is full of real, whole food and you'll be back on track before you know it.
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