I’m a constant snacker, one of those who can’t go much longer than a couple of hours without eating. I’m not sure why, but when I’m not fasting or on my ten-day fruit and veggie cleanse, I get hungry quickly and often—and that’s why I try to have snacks ready-to-eat or SREs.
When it comes to whole foods, vegetables and vegetable dips make for fantastic snacks. For instance, you could dip organic baked chips into organically made salsa. A guacamole dip can be made fresh with organic avocados, lemon, cilantro, and sea salt. Carrots and celery can be eaten raw or dipped in hummus.
Fresh fruit and dried fruit are also nutritious snacks. You can take a handful of dried raisins, figs, dates, prunes, pineapple, and papaya and combine them with some raw or soaked nuts or seeds. Make sure, however, there is no sugar added or any sulfites. It’s very easy to throw some dried fruit, nuts, and seeds into a bag and carry the mixture with you throughout the day for a quick snack.
Also keep in mind there are many healthy snack and dessert recipes using organic ingredients you can make on your own, like whole grain blueberry muffins, banana bread, and coconut almond fudge. Popcorn is another popular snack that can be healthy if prepared right. You can use this recipe: first melt some extra virgin coconut oil in a pan, pour in organic popcorn kernels, and cook them until popped. Pour some melted organic butter over the popped kernels, and sprinkle with your favorite organic seasoning.
I believe some of the most convenient and healthiest snacks are nuts and seeds, which are great sources of fiber, healthy fats, and nutrients. If properly prepared, they can be extremely nutritious. To me “properly prepared” means raw, soaked, or even dry roasted nuts and seeds not roasted in vegetable oil. Just make sure they are organic and without added salt. Try almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds, or make your own healthy trail mix.
Raw nut butters, made from almonds, cashews, and sunflower seeds, are worth checking out, too. Since they’re unheated, not roasted, their delicate oils haven’t been damaged and they still have their vitamins, minerals, and enzymes intact. Nut butters can be used as a veggie dip or spread onto sprouted bread or fresh fruit. Organic peanut butter is also recommended and can be found in natural food stores, supermarkets, and even warehouse clubs these days.
So, if you’re having a snack attack, then be sure to snack healthily with SREs. You can also check out a few of this week’s snack recipes, too.