Sundays for me are my days to mentally prepare for the week ahead. I like to jog in the mornings, go to the grocery store, and relax/ cook in the afternoon. I find a little prep work on Sundays goes a long way during the week. It’s simple stuff like washing my vegetables, making salad dressings, and making some weekday snacks so I can grab and go in the mornings. It just helps take a little stress off during the week. Now, some Sundays this doesn’t always happen, but when it does, I always feel happier.
Today, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite, healthy snacks I like to munch on throughout the week. They really don’t take a whole lot of effort – they’re almost too easy to even post, but maybe it will give you some ideas about how to choose better snacks than potato chips (although those are good too!).
Homemade trail mix. Pick your favorite nuts, seeds, dried fruits, a little dark chocolate, and maybe some healthy cereal. Nuts can be expensive, but it’s actually cheaper to make your own trail mix than buying it pre-made – and it lasts a long time. The best part is you can create your own – there are a million different combinations. Last week I discovered dried blueberries – they’re addicting!
Again, this is simple. Just blanch some sugar snap peas until they’re bright green – maybe 2 minutes depending on how crisp you like them. They will stay for the week, and they’re the perfect, slightly sweet snack.
And one of my favorites – roasted chick peas! I recommend pinching off their outer skin first, toss them in olive oil, salt pepper, cayenne, cumin, paprika (really any spices/ combination’s you like), then roast in a 450 degree oven for a good 35-40 minutes. It sounds like a lot, but it’s not. You should toss every 10 minutes or so. These are really wonderful – and of course, healthy!
In my cous-cous recipe I gave away one of my other favorite snacks – homemade pita chips. Check it out!