Foodie Friday: Healthy snacks

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Many people start off the new year with big goals of getting fit, but exercise is only part of what you need to do if you're looking to lose weight in 2017. It also depends on what you eat.

Hy-Vee Dietitian Tara Neighbors stopped by NBC Nebraska Today to give us some different ideas when it comes to healthy snacking.

She said many people get snacks from vending machines, which have high carbs and high sugars. So if you're looking for a healthy option, there are simple recipes you can make ahead of time or purchase items like Greek yogurt or crunchy chickpeas to help you get your energy.

Egg and avocado bowls
All you need:
- 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
- 1/2 large avocado, chopped
- 1 heaping Tablespoon red onion, finely chopped
- 1 heaping Tablespoons red bell pepper, finely chopped
- Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste

All you do:
1. Combine eggs, avocado, onion and bell pepper in a bowl
2. Sprinkle on sea salt and ground pepper
3. Serve and enjoy

Chickpea, Avocado, Feta salad
All you need:
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 2 avocados, pitted, and chopped
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
- 2 tablespoons green onion
- 1/3 cup feta cheese
- Juice of 1 lime
- Salt and black pepper, to taste

All you do:
1. In a medium bowl, combine chickpeas, avocado, cilantro, green onion, feta cheese, and lime juice. Stir until mixed well. Season with salt and pepper

Chipotle Lime Edamame
All you need:
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen shelled edamame
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

All you do:
1. Cook the edamame according to the package instructions
2. In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, chipotle powder, salt, and pepper
3. Add the lime juice mixture to the edamame and toss to coat
4. Mix in the sunflower seeds right before serving

Chocolate Cake batter mouse

All you need:
- 2 oz. (57 g) Greek Yogurt (0%)
- 1/2 scoop (0.6 oz.) Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1 tsp. Non-sweetened cocoa powder
- 0.5 cup Almond milk
- 0.7 oz. (20 gram) Oats
- Almonds & Berries (optional but recommended)

All you do:
1. Blend yogurt, protein powder, cocoa powder and almond milk thoroughly together (if you don’t have a blender, this can be done by hand, but requires a little work with a whisk)
2. Fold in oats. Cover and place in the fridge overnight
3. Sprinkle almonds and berries on the cake batter mousse before enjoying

Shake and Go peanut butter banana oats
All you need:
- 1/3- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 medium banana, chopped into very small cubes
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (soy or almond)

All you do:
1. In the same order as listed above, combine ingredients in a small 250ml mason jar or container (see here for the ones we use)
2. Shake rigorously until combined. Make sure ingredients are well mixed together after shaking
3. Refrigerate overnight, pack and go.