If you’re like many of us spending more time at home, it’s easy to reach for ice cream or cookies when you’re wanting a quick snack. However, there are many easy, healthier choices to help when you’re “hangry.” Here are a few you can grab from the store or quickly make at home when hunger hits.
Trail mix can be a great protein source and energy boost with healthy fats. You can buy this pre-made in the store, or mix up some of your own with your favorite nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and fun stuff like popcorn or cocoa nibs. Nuts are a healthy source of protein, and seeds can include protein, iron, and other vitamins and minerals.
Chickpeas are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber and can help improve digestion, aid in weight management, and even reduce the risk of heart disease. They are also high in protein. To roast your chickpeas, first rinse and drain them, then pat them dry with a paper towel. Toss them with olive oil, salt, and any of your other favorite spices. Roast them in a 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, shaking occasionally.
A bowl of yogurt has the calcium your bones need to grow and remain strong. It can also help with weight loss, control blood pressure, and aid in faster workout recovery. Greek yogurt is also a source of protein. Top your bowl with some sliced fruit, dried coconut, or cocoa nibs.
Whole oats are rich in antioxidants and fiber, can help lower cholesterol levels, improve blood sugar, and make you feel fuller longer. You can make your own oatmeal on the stovetop, or purchase it from the store. Mix it with water, or use milk or almond milk for a little extra flavor and boost of calcium.
Granola can help improve your blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels and blood sugar, and improve your gut health. However, granola bars with too much sugar or additives can do more harm to your body than good. Be sure to limit the number you eat, and either make your own from scratch or read the ingredients before buying from the store.
HARD BOILED EGG
These only take a few minutes to make and are packed with protein. They are also very filling yet low in calories. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pair with your favorite mustard for some extra kick.
Vegetables are full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals your body needs to be healthy. Cut up peppers, celery, cucumber, carrots, broccoli, or cauliflower and eat them raw. If you don’t like to eat them plain, try with a tablespoon or two of hummus or guacamole.
Much healthier than other chip alternatives, kale is loaded with fiber and antioxidants that can help lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease and colon cancer. Mix 1 cup of bite-sized kale leaves, 1 tbs of olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Place the kale on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees. Or, throw them in the air fryer for a few minutes, shaking regularly.
Chia seeds provide fiber and antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and improve your heart health. Mix 1 tbs of chia seeds with ½ cup of water or almond milk and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Then, stir in 1 tbs of cocoa powder, 1 tbs of peanut butter, and a pinch of sweetener (optional).