Volumetrics is an eating plan championed by Barbara Rolls of Penn State University, and it's based on getting more mileage out of low-density foods. For example, a huge salad—or in this case, nearly 4 cups of popcorn—will leave you more satisfied than a square of chocolate, and for far fewer calories. If you're someone who gets depressed by measly portions, reach for healthy snacks that have a high water content like fruits, veggies—or our favorite crunchy munchie: popcorn. For a pre-popped variety, we love SkinnyPop because it's free of additives and tasty without being too salty.
Popcorn is quite simple. Just buy a packet of popcorn kernels, fry them in oil in a covered pan, and add salt, or anything you like. You can really create your own flavor here, like cinnamon, plain salt, salt and pepper, spicy, and so on. Just make sure that the frying pan is covered. That is very important, otherwise, the popcorn kernels are going to be popping all over your stove top, cabinets, the floors, you get the idea. It is going to look like an explosion in Molly Weasley’s kitchen (Yes, I read all the Harry Potter books 😉 )
With a bit of prep work, smoothies make for great quick and healthy breakfasts every morning. Wash, chop, and freeze all ingredients in “smoothie packs,” or baggies pre-measured for just one smoothie. Put anything that doesn’t go into a freezer (like the milk or leafy greens) into a glass jar or baggie in the fridge. Then, dump everything into your blender, and let it go to work. You can sip while you dress, or take it with you in a lidded container.
Raise your hand if you’re a snackaholic! I’m guessing I’m not the only one with my hand in the air right now 🙂 I’m a firm believer that snacks are vital to our diets and keep us going between meals. They’re great for giving us energy, curbing our sweet tooth and preventing us from getting hangry throughout the day. Today we’re rounding up 16 of our favorite healthy snack recipes for you to enjoy!
Quesadillas without cheese may seem like a contradiction in terms, but they are indeed a thing in Mexico—and, more to the point, they can be delicious. Here, we mix mashed leftover sweet potato with cilantro, scallions, and pickled jalapeños (though you can sub whatever other quesadilla fillings strike your fancy); spread it over half of a flour tortilla; fold it; and cook it in plenty of oil, just as we recommend in our basic quesadilla guide.
Feeling in the mood for cookies? While one standard Oreo or Chips Ahoy won't likely derail your diet, it's tough to stop at one. That's where a good substitute comes in. McLachlan recommends 2 graham cracker squares spread with light peanut butter. You'll get a mix of sweet and salty flavors, plus a protein and fat boost from the peanut butter, which will keep you full till your next meal.
Making your own raisins at home might sound silly, but these oven-dried grapes are a cut above the sad, shriveled raisins you buy in a box. Plumper and juicier, they have a flavor that's more similar to fresh grapes—just concentrated, and with a little caramelization. Try playing around with different varieties and cooking times to find the flavor and texture that you like.
Eating plant-based can get expensive sometimes, especially since there are so many vegan convenience foods on the market that are delicious but often pricier than their non-vegan counterparts. If you don’t have the budget to afford all organic produce or pricey raw vegan snacks at the grocery store, you can still eat cruelty-free—just check out 10 Healthy Vegan Snacks That Cost Less Than $5 to Make!
What’s easier than to grab a quick snack on the go? Nowadays, with our busy lives, we sometimes need a little something in between meals, a little snack to give you a boost, or just to make that hungry feeling go away, or perhaps you just have a craving. I get plenty of those, I’m a real nut freak. I could eat nuts every day (and I do most of the time, lol)