During the winter, it can be tempting to reach for comfort food. But if you’re trying to eat healthier, those holiday classics might not be the best thing for you. Here are some snack alternatives that you can turn to for balance all winter long.
Peanut Butter & Granola Pinwheels
This snack is easy to make in just seconds, and you likely already have the ingredients in your pantry. Simply spread peanut butter across a tortilla, then sprinkle it with granola. Roll it up and cut it into circular slices. This snack will satisfy those cravings for something sweet while keeping you feeling full longer.
This snack should be a go-to year-round! Popcorn – when not loaded with movie-theater-style butter – is a healthy, low-calorie snack. It’s great for a quick grab when you’re craving salt, and you can always dress it up with spices to appease other cravings.
Say goodbye to potato chips! Once you master roasted or baked chickpeas, you may never want chips again. Not only are chickpeas delicious, but they are also a great source of magnesium, protein, and fiber. The best thing is that they take on the flavor of whatever you season them with, whether it’s ranch, Parmesan, cinnamon sugar, cheddar, maple, or sea salt.
Dressed Up Oatmeal
Oatmeal might sound boring, but this dish holds so many possibilities. If you’re craving something sweet yet filling, prep a bowl of plain oatmeal, then top it off with sliced fruit, raisins, cinnamon sugar, maple, or yogurt! Now you have a healthy snack that will warm you up, too.
Pizza Pita Pockets
A twist on comfort food, healthy pizza pitas can satisfy your craving for a savory snack. To make one, fill a pita pocket with tomato sauce, cheese, and healthy toppings like mushrooms, peppers, or roasted chicken! Then briefly bake until it is warm all the way through.
When you’re in a hurry, bad food choices are tempting – as they tend to be easier! But keeping a stock of healthy protein bars can save you from rushed food decisions. Look for ones made from natural ingredients such as nuts and are low in carbs and sugars.
If you still have uncarved pumpkins hanging around, dig in and get those seeds. Much like chickpeas, pumpkin seeds are full of nutrients and can absorb the flavors they’re seasoned with.
There’s no need to let winter gloom pressure you into unhealthy snacking. With these easy ideas, you can snack responsibly no matter the season!