The problem with most healthy snacks is that, for many of us, they just don’t have the “zing” of the massively sweet, massively salty, chemical-laden products of the snack foods industry.  

The horrible downside of those products is that high-sugar, high-carbohydrate foods are both actively AND passively bad for you.  Actively, because high levels of sugar and carbs in the diet promote inflammation, and passively, because processing these foods actually robs your body of essential nutrients like zinc.  So it starts to look really important to retrain your taste buds!

Here are two super easy, tasty snacks that are inexpensive and quick to prepare.  

Spiced Oven-Roasted Chickpeas

– 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– salt to taste 
– 2 tsp spices* of your choice

1. Empty the chickpeas into a large strainer and rinse under running water.  Drain well, then spread out on an absorbent kitchen towel and pat dry.  
2. Spread out the chickpeas in a large rimmed baking sheet, and toss with olive oil and salt.  Roast at 400° for 20 to 30 minutes.  When they are done to your taste (I like mine crispy on the outside and tender inside), toss with the spices of your choice.

These are best eaten warm! 

*Curry or garam masala are delicious; cumin and smoked paprika make a great combination; chile powder is a favorite.  Experiment and enjoy!

Simple Baked Apple Slices

Slice 2 to 3 Granny Smith apples about 3/8″ thick.  Bake for about 30 minutes at 350°.

These are good warm or cold, keep well in the refrigerator and pair well with nuts or cheese.  A few slices make a nice ending to a meal.

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