Nuggets, bites, balls, sticks—food in “finger” form is always more fun to eat! Make a healthier version of a classic dip-able favorite with this simple recipe. Rather than battering and deep frying ordinary white fish, omega-3-rich salmon pieces are lightly breaded and baked for the perfect tender-inside, crunchy-outside finish.
Ta ta, tomatoes! This salsa’s gone tropical, filled with chunks of mango, colorful peppers and fresh, flavorful herbs. Scoop it up with whole-grain crackers or organic blue corn chips for a healthy, hearty snack. It’s also great on grilled salmon (who needs creamy sauce?) or piled on a bean burger as a sweet and colorful condiment. Dip, dunk and heap on to your heart’s content—the whole bowl comes with just 311 calories and a little more than a single gram of fat.
Hummus lovers know tahini—a thick paste made from ground sesame seeds—as the star ingredient in their favorite dip. But a jar doesn’t have to sit neglected in the fridge until it’s time for another creamy chickpea creation. Thinned with lemon and lime juices and spiced with peppers and parsley, tahini can be turned into a sassy sauce to drizzle on veggies, salads, sandwiches or any dish for an instant calcium, protein and omega-3 boost. Try it as a topping on my Mini Beanie Burgers—ketchup will become a condiment of your past!
Poppers made with peppers are spicy, deep fried and stuffed with gooey, melted cheese. For a lighter, milder, hot-from-the-oven snack, try these creative veggie bites. Crunchy chunks of cauliflower are tossed with olive oil and herbs, then coated with nutritional yeast for a cheesy taste without the dairy. Baked, not fried, they’re OK to pop in your mouth any time the munchies strike!
Burgers are better when they’re made from beans! Get your (gluten-free) buns ready for a patty with plenty of sass. These tasty temptations may be tiny in size, but they’re big in flavor, spiced nicely with cumin, cilantro and rosemary. Simply pick your bean pleasure, whether it’s black, kidney, pinto or garbanzo, and give the ingredients a whirl in a food processor or high-speed blender. Shape, cook and serve with your favorite toppings for a healthy “fast food” meal!
Piled high, nachos are more of a meal than an appetizer. But if you fill your plate with deep-fried chips, clogging cheese and over-the-top toppings, your tummy may be headed for trouble. Instead, sub in healthy favorites, starting with oven-baked sweet potato chips. Black beans, fresh guac and creamy Greek yogurt are stacked in the center for easy dipping. Keep it light and vegan, or add extra-lean ground turkey seasoned with Mexican spices if you like meat.
Popcorn? Check. Pretzels? Check. Kale? Wait a second…what’s a leafy green vegetable doing on your snack shopping list? And what happened to the chips? Believe us when we say those potato pound-magnets will be a thing of your past once you try this recipe! Slow baked at a low temp, the health world’s hottest veggie becomes a crispy, crunchy indulgence that’s actually good for you to munch. Season with yummy nutritional yeast and a dash of spicy chipotle powder and you won’t even notice they’re salt free!
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