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Don’t Leave Home Without Your Healthy Snacks This Holiday Season

10 Dec

It’s the holiday season and everyone is running around like a crazy person trying to get their Christmas shopping done. Personally, as an online shopping connoisseur, I tried to avoid going anywhere near a mall, but so far I’ve already been there twice. Scary!

Not only do large crowds of pushy people searching for the “perfect” Christmas sweater scare me, I’m also horrified by the fact that making my way through this hoard of crazies might take so long that I’ll get hungry, resulting in an inevitable trip to the mall food court. Eww! The only time I’ve ever seen fine dining at a mall is in Orange County, California where The Capital Grille is actually inside one of their fancy pants malls. Exception to the rule.

The average mall food court has a pizza place, a Chinese place, some type of chicken joint, a pretzel place, a sub shop, and someone peddling grilled red meat. Sure, salads sneak into these places, but they’re of the gross pre-packaged variety. Not appetizing and probably not that healthy.

As a result I’ve learned to stock my giant purse with snacks before heading off to the mall. Not only does it save me from the need to purchase a 2,000 calorie “snack,” it also saves money, so I have more to spend on important things like errr anything with sequins.

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Your wallet isn’t your only essential to take to the mall. Don’t leave home without your healthy snacks.

Stock Your Bag with These Snacks Before Heading to the Mall During the Holiday Season:

  • Emerald 100 Calorie Almonds
  • Snack Size Popchips
  • String Cheese
  • Rice Cakes
  • Reduced Fat Peanut Butter & Sugar Free Jelly Sandwich
  • Apple
  • Baby Carrots
  • Container of Cut Fruit

Trust me, you’ll never regret going to the mall and not stopping at the food court. And you won’t have to worry about being mistaken for Santa’s twin on Christmas Day.

Healthy Snack Ideas for Your St. Patrick’s Day Party

16 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’ve loved this holiday ever since I was a little kid. I mean how can you not love a day centered on leprechauns (a.k.a. midgets in awesome outfits)? One time in fourth grade, I found the pot of gold in my elementary school’s St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt, which was freaking awesome. The “pot of gold” of course was of course just a ton of chocolate gold coins, which was even better than actual gold to my obese nine year-old self.

Moral of the Story: Green beer and corned beef are for men with boobs, so if you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today, party on with healthy snack foods to keep your svelte shape.

If you’re still looking for some last minute healthy snack ideas, you’re in luck, because I have a fantastic one for you! The other day I came across this kale chips recipe on Skinnytaste, and I knew I had to try it. People kept telling me I’d love kale, but I was a little hesitant, until I saw that Skinnytaste had its own kale chips recipe. Since everything on that site is amazing, I decided to test it out.

Snacks don't get much healthier than this kale chips recipe.

Preparation: In my mind, there are two main factors to consider before making a recipe — the nutrition stats and the amount of energy I have to put into the whole affair. If one isn’t to my liking, then no deal.  Thankfully everything about this kale chips recipe is so easy, that even my culinary attention span could handle it. It only takes approximately two minutes from start to finish to get everything prepped and in the oven.

Finished Product: Mmm, this kale chips recipe is seriously good! If you like crunchy foods, add this to your list of healthy snack ideas for your St. Patrick’s Day party (or any other day), because these healthy little nuggets are fantastic. And since it’s kale, and way super healthy, I encourage you to gorge yourself on them all day, guilt-free!

Enrage the fatties at the party by bragging about the nutrition stats attached to your snack, compared to the fat farm they’re shoving in their faces. Sure shamrock cupcakes & Doritos are good, but do you really want to look like them?

Mmm kale chips

More Festive Healthy Snack Ideas:

Can’t get into kale? That’s okay, here’s some more festively green St. Patrick’s Day Snack Ideas:

  • Roasted edamame
  • Veggies with guacamole
  • Celery sticks with peanut butter
  • Dye some egg whites green
  • Leafy green salad
  • Celery, cucumbers, green peppers and broccoli (hot, cold, served together or served alone, so many options!)

Healthy Snack Recipes: Roasted Edamame

11 Mar

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for healthy snack recipes. Basically, I’m a giant pig at heart and I know if I don’t keep coming up with new and tasty healthy snack ideas, I’ll just binge eat like six servings of Cheddar Cheese Quakes, then convince myself it didn’t happen. I wouldn’t suggest this.

Anyways, early in the week I was trying to think of some healthy snack ideas to take to work, and I settled on edamame. Unfortunately the only snack-sized packs the grocery store had in stock were covered in Dora the Explorer. Whatever. If my co-workers haven’t caught on by now that I’m not normal, they never will.

If you're looking for healthy snack ideas, try edamame.

Anyways, I was really into the raw, cold edamame for about three days. Actually, although the edamame was really good, I was more into the fact that one package has 5 carbs, and next to no calories or fat. Visions of myself fitting into sample-sized dresses, and rocking a six-pack (of abs, obviously) on the beach were running through my head. Yes, edamame was going to change my life. So when I quickly got tired of naked edamame, I knew I had to find some healthy snack recipes, staring my new magic food. And fast.

Thankfully I found this very tasty healthy snack recipe, Easy Party Recipe: Roasted Edamame with Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper, from theKitchn. So good, and so easy! You hardly have to do anything, which is just my style in the kitchen. Anyways, I made this one night and took what my boyfriend and I didn’t eat to work the next day. As the recipe says, it’s not quite as crunchy the next day, but you really won’t notice that, because really, it’s just that good.

The finished product!