When 3pm rolls around and your angry snack cravings start demanding a sugar-bomb binge, here's how you can beat them down: Opt for low-sugar snacks or foods with natural sweeteners like fruit. Yeah yeah, easier said than done? Not if you try these nine recipes for easy, quick snacks you can whip up at home the night before. Sweet enough to satisfy, they won't give you a sugar crash minutes later or ruin your dinner. Pick a couple of your favorites, make a double batch, and you'll have snacks in your stash all week. Recipes and photos by Rachel Johnson.
Chocolate Dipped Tangerines
Melt 2 teaspoons semi sweet chocolate chips in microwave for 30 seconds, or until smooth. Dip 4 clementine segments into melted chocolate and place onto a wax paper-lined plate. Chill until hardened, about 15 minutes.
Sugars: 7 grams
Frozen Yogurt Berries
In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons greek yogurt and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract. Using a toothpick, dip ¼ cup blueberries into yogurt, rolling with toothpick to coat. Place blueberries onto a wax-paper lined plate and freeze for 15 minutes. Enjoy frozen.
Sugars: 5 grams
Sweet Potato Chips with Greek Yogurt Dip
Mix 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt, ½ teaspoon honey, and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg together in a small bowl. Dip with 5 sweet potato chips.
Sugars: 6 grams
Preheat oven to lowest setting (200°F). Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicon liner. Spread ¼ cup applesauce, or other fruit puree*, into a thin and even layer, shaping into a loose rectangle. Dehydrate fruit in oven for 4 hours or until the fruit is dry and not sticky to the touch. Roll up with parchment to store. *Sweet baby foods such as banana strawberry blends work well in this recipe.
Sugars: 4 grams
Cinnamon & Pistachio Popcorn
Add 1 cup popped unsalted popcorn to 1 gallon Ziploc bag. Spray popcorn with cooking spray and secure, shaking to coat. Add ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and repeat. transfer popcorn to a bowl and top with 2 tablespoons chopped unsalted pistachios.
Sugars: 1 gram
Mini Veggie Pops
Set out 5 cherry tomatoes, 5 leaves Italian parsley and 5 Italian seasoned olives of choice. Thread 1 tomato, 1 leaf parsley, and 1 olive onto a toothpick. Repeat with four more toothpicks.
Sugars: 2 grams
Preheat oven to lowest setting (200°F). Set up a baking sheet with a cooling rack fitted into it. Add 6 thin slices of apple (any preferred variety will do) to rack. Dehydrate fruit in oven for 4 hours or until the fruit is dry and soft.
Sugars: 6 grams
Cut 1 seedless medium cucumber (about 7”) into 5 even portions, cutting off ends. Set each cucumber piece onto its flat side. Using a spoon, scoop out inner portion of cucumber and discard. Distribute 1 ounce almond milk cream cheese spread into each cup. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon chopped Italian parsley.
Sugars: 3 grams
Cocoa Roasted Almonds
Place ¼ cup raw almonds in a large ziploc bag. Spray cooking spray into the bag and secure. Shake to coat. Add 1 teaspoon cocoa powder, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon powdered sugar (optional), secure bag again and shake to coat evenly. Spread almonds onto a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 20 minutes at 300°F or until fragrant. Let cool and store in an airtight container.
Sugars: 4 grams
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