In today’s society, the emphasis on needing to be thin has become so overwhelming that people will do whatever it takes to be thin…surgeries, pills, gym memberships; but what people often forget is the common denominator in all weight loss strategies—a healthy balanced diet.
When people hear the word diet, they typically think ‘expensive organic foods’, ‘hours of preparation’ and ‘tasteless meals’ that still leave you hungry and wanting more. But a diet doesn’t have to always be this extreme endeavor that changes your lifestyle 100 percent. Sometimes, it’s as simple as keeping healthy snacks in Poplar Bluff, MO around the house to avoid indulging in those less-healthy options.
Let’s be honest, in our fast-paced world, the last thing we want or need is to spend three hours in the kitchen every night preparing food. That’s why we’ve put together a list of our favorite health snacks in Poplar Bluff, MO that are delicious, easy and will satisfy those hard to resist cravings.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Calling all French fry lovers—don’t sacrifice your love for fries just because you want to be healthier. Just make your own! In doing this, you avoid those processed ingredients and extra grease. This delicious, vitamin A-rich snack is a healthy alternative to those greasy fast-food fries and doesn’t take much effort or time.
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut 4 sweet potatoes into slices, about 1 inch in width.
- Lay them down in a pan and brush with a combination of 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 ½ teaspoons of chili powder and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes.
- Remove from oven and add one more dash of kosher salt.
Krispy Kale Chips
Potato chips are typically everyone’s favorite go-to snack. It’s quick, it’s easy and it hits that craving, but why not have a healthier version available? Making your own chip avoids the high sodium and carbohydrates that are typically found in regular chips. So try these kale chips on for size:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Rinse and remove stems from kale bunch.
- Lay the bunch on a cookie sheet.
- Drizzle some olive oil over the top and add a dash of salt.
- Place into over for 10-12 minutes, until crispy.
Who doesn’t love a plate full of nachos with melted cheese and all those delicious fixings? Well guess what, there’s no need to sacrifice them, even if you are looking to lead a healthier lifestyle. Here’s our favorite recipe for healthy nachos:
- Lay a handful of healthy, multigrain chips on a plate.
- Sprinkle some cheddar cheese over the top.
- Pop in the microwave until cheese is melted.
- Add a healthy serving of guacamole and some scallions.
Voila! You have healthy nachos without that extra grease or all those empty calories.
Chocolate-Drizzled Fruit Kebobs
Last but not least, the sweet tooth. We all have it. It’s unavoidable. But that’s ok! Here’s one of our favorite recipes that are sure to indulge you and kick that craving:
- Slide 1 piece of kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, 1 strawberry and 2 blueberries (in any order) onto a skewer.
- Melt some organic chocolate.
- Drizzle chocolate over skewered fruit.
- Indulge unapologetically.