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3 Quick and Healthy Snacks When You’re on the Run

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It’s no secret that the foods we choose to consume are reflected both on the inside and the outside of our bodies. Therefore, most people nowadays choose to go on diets. And if you want to combine healthy eating with weight loss, then the more restricting they are, the better. However, finding inspiration for your next meals can get hard in such cases.  

Top 3 Snack Recipes

When you’re following any diet, you really need to be very careful about what you choose to eat, and that includes the snacks you will nibble on during the day as well. naturally, they need to contain only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, no matter if they’re fruits, vegetables, meats or spices and other condiments.

For many people, eating natural meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is easy, but they still struggle with what they consume on the go while on break. After all, the most tempting thing about fast food is stated in the first word of its name. To help you change this, here are three quick and healthy snack recipes for when you’re on the run, but still, want to stay fit.

Smoky Kale Chips

If you’re looking for something quick, easy and delicious to munch on, you can never go wrong with smoky kale chips.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale;
  • 1 tbsp olive oil;
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika;
  • ¼ tsp salt.

Directions

First of all, you will need to remove both the stems and the center ribs from the bunch of kale you have chosen. Then, tear the leaves into 4-inch pieces at most and toss them into a mixing bowl together with the olive oil, smoked paprika, and salt. Preheat the oven and lay some baking sheets on a tray.

Bake the kale at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes, or until their edges get nice a brown. This nutritious and healthy alternative to classic potato chips has only 60 calorie per serving and 4 grams of fat, making it the perfect choice when you want to nibble on something crunchy during the movies.

Greek Cucumber Cups

This Delish-approved recipe serves both as a healthy snack for when you’re on the go, as well as a fun appetizer to share with friends and family before a proper meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 large cucumbers;
  • 1 pint quartered cherry tomatoes;
  • ½ cup crumbled feta;
  • ½ cup chopped Kalamata olives;
  • 1 minced garlic clove;
  • 2 tbsp chopped dill;
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil;
  • 1 tsp oregano;
  • the juice of 1 lemon;
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Directions

Cut each of the cucumbers into three-inch pieces and scoop out a hole in them using a melon baller. If you don’t have such a utensil on hand, a spoon will work just fine as well. To make the salad mixture for the filling, put all the other ingredients in a bowl and toss together thoroughly. Season to taste and then spoon it into each cucumber well.

Not only will these Greek-inspired apps be ready in less than 15 minutes, but they are also quite the low-carb treat. These exact quantities will produce 10 to 12 servings of this refreshing snack or appetizer. So, if you’re planning to eat them by yourself, or on the contrary, you are expecting guests, you will need to tweak them a little.

Balsamic Bruschetta

If you’re a fan of Italian cuisine with an organic twist, this recipe for balsamic bruschetta is perfect for you.

Ingredients

  • 8 diced plum tomatoes;
  • 1 loaf whole-grain bread;
  • ½ cup fresh chopped basil;
  • ¼ shaved Parmesan;
  • 2 minced garlic cloves;
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar;
  • 1 tsp olive oil;
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Directions

Slice and toast the entire loaf of whole-grain bread. Toss the tomatoes, basil, garlic, and Parmesan together in a bowl, then mix in the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. As a final touch, season to taste with a pinch of salt and pepper, preferably freshly ground. Spread the mixture equally on the slices of toast and enjoy this delicious and quick Italian-style snack.

Everything should be ready to eat in no more than 15 minutes, which makes it an ideal choice for any time of day. And to top it all off, although these bruschettas are a bit on the carb-heavy side, a single serving contains just 194 calories. That’s more than the other foods on the list, but they are also more filling and will curb your cravings for longer.

Conclusion

Healthy living isn’t easy, but these fun recipe ideas will surely spice up your cooking and remind you that natural food doesn’t have to be bland or basic. Try them anytime you’re looking for something new and flavorful to add to your meal plan.

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Luke S. Mitchell is an MS Undergraduate in Sports Journalism and manager of Defend Your Healthcare. He is interested not only in the mind-body relationship and how motivation shapes our bodies but also in how we draw energy just from one simple yet powerful thought. You can find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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