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Black Bean Hummus

Are you heading to a Super Bowl party this Sunday and looking for a healthy appetizer to bring to share? Try this homemade black bean hummus! Serve with fresh raw veggies and some whole grain tortilla chips or pita bread. Unique and delicious! 


1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
2 Tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1 (15 oz) can reduced sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1 garlic clove, peeled
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Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

An easy to prepare, healthier snack option perfect for fall! Use as an afternoon pick me up when you find yourself slowing down on a cool fall day. Also great as a healthier dessert alternative!


2 cups rolled oats
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp almond butter (or peanut)
1 tsp vanilla extract (or almond)
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Crunchy Edamame

Serve this at your own Super Bowl party this weekend (or bring along to a friends party)! This crunchy snack will curb your cravings without busting your calorie budget for the day. Delicious and easy!


1 (16-0z) frozen shelled edamame
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder

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Roxie’s Granola

A delicious and healthy granola trail mix perfect for a snack on the run or as an addition to your morning yogurt! Full of protein and healthy fats, this will keep you full and satisfied without the guilt! 


3 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup almonds
1 cup cashews
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup dried cranberries (optional)

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Healthy Snacking at the Office

Bring a healthy snack with you to work to ward off that afternoon hunger and keep you away from the tempting vending machine candy. Each of the following snacks are less than 200 calories to fit nicely into any healthy meal plan.


1. Wheat crackers with peanut butter: Make your own peanut butter cracker healthier by looking for whole wheat or whole grain crackers paired with 1 Tbsp peanut butter. The whole grain and protein combo will keep you full longer.

2. Fruit: Grab an apple, orange, banana, pear, or grapes as you run out of the door in the morning. Mixing up the type of fruit to get the widest variety of nutrients and prevent any boredom. Pair the fruit with a glass of low fat milk for some protein to keep you full and satisfied.

3. Popcorn: A great whole-grain snack! Mix up the flavor of plain popcorn by topping it with 2 Tbsp of parmesan cheese for a unique flavor kick.

4. Nuts: If you are in the mood for a crunchy snack, try some oven roasted or raw nuts! Nuts have a good amount of healthy fats, but are also calorie dense. Measure out one ounce to control over eating. One ounce is about 24 almonds.

5. Instant Oatmeal: Heating up a packet of plain instant oatmeal is a great warm snack on a cool day. Add your own flavors like dried fruit or cinnamon to control the calories. This whole grain snack helps lower cholesterol and in turn reduces the risk of heart disease.

6. Hummus & Pita: Dip whole wheat pita into 2 Tbsp of hummus for a filling and satisfying snack. Hummus is also great with veggies. For a little extra protein, fill the pita with an ounce of deli ham or turkey.

7. Snack Bars: Prepackaged snack bars are a handy snack to keep in your desk or purse. Read the labels and look for bars with the most natural ingredients with no added sugar.

8. Veggies & Dip: Raw, fresh veggies give a satisfying crunch with very few calories. Try dipping them in low fat ranch, hummus, or salsa to give a little flavor. High in fiber, this snack will keep you full and focused for the remainder of the day.

For more information and more healthy cooking tips, visit http://www.cookinglight.com 

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Portable High Protein Snacks

Snacks are great to keep you going strong throughout the day. I know I need a good snack in the afternoon to prevent me from devouring everything in sight when I get home from work because of extreme hunger! A high protein snack will keep you full and focused longer than a sugary or carb heavy snack. Here are some great options you can grab as you run out the door in the morning:

1. Cottage cheese & fruit (1/2 cup cottage cheese topped with 1/2 cup fresh fruit – frozen fruit works well too)

2. Low sodium beef or turkey jerky (look for natural and lightly flavored options)

3. Mixed nuts or Trail Mix (make your own healthier trail mix with nuts, dried fruit, and high fiber cereal)

4. Pumpkin Seeds (roast your own or look for low sodium at the store!)

5. Hard Boiled Egg (make a bunch at the beginning of the week and grab one as an inexpensive snack. Eat with wheat crackers or a slice of bread for a more substantial snack)

6. Deli Rollup (roll up low sodium deli meat with a low fat cheese. Add lettuce and/or tomato for some extra nutrition)

7. Celery nut butter boat (fill celery sticks with peanut butter or another nut butter and top with whole raw almonds)

8. Natural cereal & nut bars (look for bars with easy to read ingredients.. the more simple & wholesome the ingredients the better!)

9. Smoothies (blend in some peanut butter into a banana chocolate smoothie)

10. Edamame (steam ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator – edamame is great cold too!)

11. Hummus & Veggies (dip carrot “chips” into hummus for a fun healthy snack – celery and bell peppers are delicious too)

12. Milk (add a glass of low fat milk to your snack to amp up the protein)

13. Cheese & Crackers (grab a low fat cheese stick and some whole wheat crackers for a quick and delicious snack)

14. Banana & Peanut Butter (delicious when paired together. Try topping a brown rice cake with peanut butter and banana to amp up your fiber intake)

15. Greek Yogurt (higher in protein than traditional yogurt. Top with fruit, low sugar granola, and/or nuts)

16. Grape & Cheese Skewers (cheese cubes and grapes on a tooth pick – fun & nutritious!)

17. Leftovers (a small portion of last nights dinner leftovers makes a great snack)

18. Protein Bar (look for low sugar, low fat)

19. Oatmeal cookies (add in nuts for more protein and use less sugar and fat – try these tips: Baking Smart

20. Quinoa (whole grain high in protein! Make a quinoa salad and snack on for a few days at a time try this recipe: Quinoa Salad

What are some snacks that you like to keep you full & focused throughout the day?

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies

Protein packed healthified cookies! A perfect snack for your kids when they come home from school — protein to satisfy their hunger and a few chocolate chips to satisfy their sweet tooth (and yours!)

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2 cups cooked quinoa (cooled to room temperature)
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp sea salt
3/4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips

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