Healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, protein, and complex carbohydrates are all essential staples to incorporate into a wholesome diet. Here are a few simple snack recipes to make at home that are not only tasty, but also heart healthy.
Sweet & Spicy Walnuts
Walnuts are known for their omega-3 fatty acid benefits, which makes these tasty nuts a great way to add more alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) into your diet. This sweet and spicy walnut recipe is easy to toss together on one baking sheet in less than 15 minutes, making it a high-quality, nutritious snack option.
Banana Split Berry Yogurt Parfait
This is the perfect snack for breakfast or for adding a little something sweet after dinner. Loaded with fiber, protein, and healthy fat, this yogurt parfait is a great healthy snack option. Yogurt, berries, and granola make for the tastiest of combinations in this light and sweet parfait treat.
Apples with Nut Butter
This is one of the easiest snacks to make and offers a powerful punch of complex carbohydrates and protein-rich nutrients. Slice up an apple and spoon a tablespoon or two of nut butter into a dish. For some extra flavor and beneficial spice, sprinkle a little cinnamon on top of the apple slices. Use the apple to scoop up the nut butter with each bite, or you can drizzle it on top of the apples and eat with a knife and fork. For something extra tasty, try this pairing: a Honeycrisp apple with almond butter or a Granny Smith apple with peanut butter and a light drizzle of honey on top.
Creamy Chocolate Dippers & Fruit
Using Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, and just a touch of sugar makes for a delicious, creamy chocolate fruit dip. Slice up a banana or wash up some fresh berries and dip them into this delightful chocolate treat. It’s the perfect dessert after a delicious meal and the ideal way to satiate those pesky sugar cravings.
Veggies & Hummus
Another simple, healthy snack to make is veggies and hummus. Slice up your favorite vegetables, whether it’s carrots, celery, cucumber, or radishes, and pair them with a flavorful blend of hummus. The healthy fats in the tahini (ground, toasted sesame seeds) and the chickpeas make for a tasty addition to those colorful, crunchy veggies. Use the sliced vegetables to scoop up the hummus and enjoy every bite of this delicious, heart-healthy snack.
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