Healthy Snack Recipes – Avoid The Junk Type Snacks

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Snacks have got a bad name.  The snack food industry is a billion-dollar industry and snacking has increased by more than a third since 1988. It has been estimated that we get around 25 percent of our daily calories from snack type foods such as potato chips, candy, popcorn and soda.

Such snack foods are basically nothing but empty carbohydrates of the worst kind. They are made from inexpensive, highly refined ingredients such as sugar and corn syrup, corn meal and bleached white flour. Even worse, they usually contain partially hydrogenated oil (trans fat), a dangerous substance that is a major culprit in clogged arteries and heart disease.

All those nasty junky snack foods are so heavily advertised and sold virtually everywhere that resisting them can be very difficult especially for children who are targeted in the advertising messages.

Making better choices with healthy snack recipes

Not all snacking is bad. We now have fabulous healthy snack recipes that we can safely eat and put into our bodies and the bodies of our children. Giving up devoid of nutrition high-carb snack foods is not the same thing as never eating between meals. In fact, healthy snack recipes can help you avoid overeating at your next meal.

Snacking can actually become your secret weapon for weight control, as long as you replace those high-carb, low-nutrition snacks with the right healthy snack recipes. Did you know that you can easily make your own yummy and ‘good for you’ snacks and treats? When you use ingredients like nuts, seeds, coconut, dried fruits and even vegetables you can create the most amazing creations that you can pop in a lunch box or grab from the fridge and take to work with you.

To illustrate how delectable these healthy snack recipes can be here is one of the 100 Healthy Snacks and Treats from my eBook available from this web site.

Raw Energy Bars

Choose your own quantities of the following ingredients for the bars.

Almonds or any other nuts (cashews, walnuts etc), flax seeds (ground), sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries or any other dried fruit, shredded coconut etc.

Make up around 2 cups of the nuts/seeds and ½ cup of dates/sultanas/raisins to sweeten. Soak the dates in warm water for at least 30 minutes to soften then drain).

Add any desired spices or flavorings like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla essence, salt, lemon or lime zest or juice for an extra burst of flavor.

Place nuts in food processor and process until coarsely ground, Add dates and process again till combined. Add a little water or juice if necessary to make into a sticky dough. Add any other ingredients and combine. It is a good idea to leave some ingredients whole to give texture.

Spread the mixture out into a glass baking dish, cover it with foil, and place in the fridge to harden up. Cut into bars.

Healthy snack recipes can supply you with extra nutrients

You can enjoy these wonderful healthy snack recipes knowing you are putting only good nutrient dense ingredients that are still living into your body. The good things have not been ‘killed off’ in the cooking and heating process and this is where you can top up on some great nutrition to boost your energy and health.

You will find these nutritious raw snacks both sweet and delicious and will quickly quell any hunger pangs you may have between meals without widening your waistline or detracting from your health. Just go back to the home page on this website and check out my affordable 100 Healthy Snacks and Treats eBook full of these delicious healthy snacks recipes.