I have always loved to snack. It helps me keep a joyful mood (!!) and prevents me from overdoing it when mealtime arrives. The key I’ve found to making sure snacks stay healthy is to utilize those one to two times each day when the cravings hit to work in just a few more vegetables and fruits in my daily intake–but with a whole lotta flavor and fun. Join me as we kick off this New Year with a snackin bang loaded with plant powered flavor and zero guilt!
The hardest part of my Beets at Sunset recipe is boiling water! Beets are in season, and there are endless reasons to eat them. That bright red pigment is nature’s way of telling you that beets contain loads of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can ward off sickness, reduce blood pressure, and assist in flushing toxins from our liver. Even the greens are full of iron and can be chopped into a salad or sautéed in olive oil. If you want a colorful snack that’s fun to assemble, easy to make, and healthy to boot, Beets at Sunset is a recipe for you.
My next two favorite snacks come from my Joyful 12® program and require a fun mix of raw veggies to dip into them. Let’s face it. Most of us could stand to eat more fruits and vegetables. Even if you love them, sometimes you don’t have the time to work them into your meals! My Sweet Potato Hummus dip is nutty and sweet and a fun new way to enjoy items already in your pantry, like almond butter and spices. And when it comes to working in more orange veggies into your winter diet, sweet potatoes are easy to cook with, loaded with nutrients and fiber, and kids love them.
Raw veggies do rule, especially when you dip, dunk, or smother them in your favorite sauce like my Super Duper Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing. First, vegetables are beautiful. Have you seen the inside of a purple cabbage or a watermelon radish? Second, they are straightforward. Nothing is hidden! Third, vegetables make a wonderful crunching sound kids and adults crave, and often are naturally sweet. So when in doubt about what to grab for that mid-afternoon snack, you can never go wrong with raw vegetables and a yummy homemade dip. I’m all about little to no kitchen preparation and snacks that can stay fresh in your child’s lunch box or your own purse!
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