How to Change Your Diet, Part 3 – Snacks

Just because people now days tend to snack a lot. And when you aren’t sure what to snack on it can be frustrating.

So, here are some ideas:

(You can check out Melissa’s post along these same lines by clicking here)

Popcorn – air popped with flax seed oil (Barlean’s is good), sea salt, and nutritional yeast
fresh fruit
fresh veggies
fruit juice/fruit smoothie popsicles – homemade without the additives and additional sweeteners
anything of the snack recipes from Raw Energy by Stephanie Tourles
dried fruit, unsulfered and unsweetened – a favorite here is papaya
nuts, preferably raw
leftover green smoothy πŸ™‚
popsicles made from leftover green smoothie πŸ™‚
quick peanut butter cups, or just peanut butter – unsweetened, just peanuts and salt.
kale chips – a current favorite at our house, recipe follows:

Wash and spin dry one large bunch of kale. (You’ll need a large cookie sheet/jelly roll pan) Tear the kale into appropriately sized pieces, 2 or 3 inches, and cover the surface of the pan. This takes an entire bunch of kale in the winter, but the kale I’ve gotten this summer has come in bunches large enough to double this recipe, so just use enough for a single layer that covers the entire pan – edges can overlap just a bit. Pour on about 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil and massage it onto the kale with your hands. (Or if you are a wimp about this sort of thing your could stick it all in a large baggie instead of actually getting the oil on your hands) Redistribute the kale on the cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt. If desired add some nutritional yeast, we do. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 10-15 minutes, until desired crispiness is reached. You’ll want to monitor this closely after the 10 minute mark, because burnt kale is not a treat.
If you google kale chips, you’ll find a lot of variations on this theme, including raw (dehydrated) versions.

Now, I suspect that if you let these cool COMPLETELY, and store them in an airtight container they would keep quite well. But, I don’t know, because we have never even managed to let them cool completely, let alone try to store them.

Happy Snacking.

C

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