Light and healthy snacks


In our house, snacks are almost a lifestyle. Especially in the summer, while traveling to the creek during the day and out of town on weekends, snacks take a central role in getting us your place where we want to go in a healthy way. A good snack can help relieve the afternoon blazes as well as prevent low blood sugar after a meal that was hours ago.

When it is warm outside, whole fresh fruits are an excellent option. Fruit is packed with vitamins and minerals as well as water and electrolytes. Most people tolerate fruit well, especially when it is associated with some protein. An apple or pear, halved and cored, filled with almond, peanut or macadamia nut butter, tastes good and is full. Softer fruits such as apricots or plums are lovely in the same way or filled with chopped walnuts.

If vegetables are your favorites, try the old standby, celery filled with nut butter. Baby carrots face their struggle as they are dipped in a puree with black-eyed peas, garlic, olive oil and a pinch of salt. Add some sesame butter (tahini) to this mixture for a good hummus alternative. Any veggie tastes great with feta cheese crumbled on top or wrapped inside.

For an interesting, tasty, easy to make treat for all ages and blood types, make some “fun nut balls”. Grind 2 TBS flax seeds, add at least one cup or more of your favorite nut butter, such as peanuts or almond. Add 1-2 TBS honey and mix well. Add some locust or cocoa powder to taste along with a pinch of sea salt (this is the fun part as you have to keep tasting it). Shape into small balls with your hands. Roll these in chopped walnuts or hazelnuts until you can’t see under the chopped nuts. Place in the refrigerator for a few hours until cool and firm. These travel well as long as they are not pinched as they get warmer. For variety, add some coconut, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds or molasses. These fun treats are very protein rich and essential fats, while containing low saturated fat and sugar. A good source of calcium and iron, especially if made with blackstrap molasses.