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Shaking Up Your Healthy Snack Option

Now that we’ve gotten into the swing of things, it’s time to shake things up snack-wise. I’ve personally been too dependent on the same things time and time again, and even though they’re healthy (apples, oranges, and the like), I’ve wanted to branch out for some time. Plus, I’ve been trying so hard to keep my New Years resolution to go to the gym and eat healthier. Here are five of my new healthy snacks to keep up with the New Years resolution to stay healthy and get more fit!

My housemate, Claire, makes incredible Kale Chips to snack on when she is powering through some studying. The recipe is easy, and it’s super quick. Here’s how she does it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Tear kale into bite size pieces (after washing and drying, of course). Drizzle kale with olive oil and fresh garlic, and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt (10 to 15 minutes).
  4. Allow to cool and snack away.

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See? Easy! Here are some more of my new tried and true snacks.

Baked Zucchini Chips

  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Slice zucchini into thin medallions, about the thickness of a quarter.
  3. Lay out slices on baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, olive oil, and whatever other seasoning you like! I like playing with black pepper, parmesan cheese, and garlic powder. Be sure not to over season, as the zucchini will shrink in the oven and it could get too flavored.
  4. Bake 45 minutes. Rotate baking sheet, and bake an additional 30-45 minutes, until chips are browned and crisped.  If they are left out too long, they can get kind of chewy, so eat them within a few hours.
  5. Dig in!

Cauliflower Popcorn

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment (makes it easier to clean up!).
  2. Trim the head of cauliflower, discard the core and thick stems and cut the florets into smaller pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk olive oil and salt, and then add the cauliflower pieces and toss thoroughly.
  4. Spread the cauliflower pieces on the sheet and roast for 1 hour, turning 3 or 4 times, until most of each piece has turned golden brown (the browner the cauliflower pieces turn, the more caramelization occurs and the sweeter they’ll taste).
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Five Minute Oatmeal Raisin Cookie (great for when you’re craving sweets)

  1. Combine 1/4 cup oats, 1/8 cup liquid egg whites, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, and 1 tablespoon raisins with some cinnamon to taste in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Scrape batter and flatten into a cookie shake. Microwave for 45 seconds or so, until ready but also a bit chewy.
  3. Voila!

Maple Cranberry Almond Protein Oatmeal (great for when you need a boost)

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  1. Combine 1/3 cup rolled oats, 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/3 cup liquid egg whites (or two large egg whites), 1 tbsp dried cranberries, 1 tbsp sliced almonds, and 1 tbsp maple syrup in a pot.
  2. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until oatmeal thickens to your desired consistency.
  3. Remove from heat, pour into a bowl, and serve with your favorite toppings, such as a scoop of nut butter for added protein and some healthy fats.
  4. Enjoy!

– Sarah Tralins

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