Snacks

Snacks that are actually good for you.

Raspberry Smoothie

My kids love this raspberry smoothie, for breakfast or for their afternoon snack. I mostly make it for them – it’s a bit too high carb for me. I like to use whole milk kefir instead of milk for a probiotic boost. This results in a thick, creamy smoothie that can be eaten with a spoon. Click for the recipe

Homemade Pork Rinds

Pork rinds are the ultimate low-carb snack, fulfilling that salty/crunchy craving without an unnecessary carb overload. Store-bought pork rinds are actually fine, as long as the only ingredients listed are pork skin and salt; but if you happen to source some pork skin (I get mine at the local Hispanic market), making your own in the oven is easy, and the result – though different in texture than commercial fried pork rinds, is delicious and even healthy. Click for the recipe

Vegan Ice Cream

These frozen treats are creamy, delicious, very healthy and easy to make. They contain berries, vanilla, ripe banana (for sweetness and creaminess) and coconut oil (for creaminess and a faint coconutty flavor). No added sugar whatsoever, although you could add 2 tablespoons honey if you wish. These frozen treats make a great dessert, but since they are so wholesome, I often serve them as an afternoon snack. Click for the recipe

Baked Plantain Chips

It’s official: baked plantain chips are my new favorite snack. I’ve always been curious about the big, fat plantains I always see at the grocery store. They looked like bananas, but I knew they were different, and upon researching online, I quickly learned that unlike bananas, plantains (considered a safe starch) require cooking. Green plantains are starchy, not sweet at all, and can be fried or baked; yellow, ripe plantains are mildly sweet and are excellent when sauteed with butter or coconut oil and cinnamon.

So. These baked plantain chips. Wow. Delicious, mildly spicy, and very flavorful. Great with guacamole, just as great on their own. And so easy to make! The only difficult part in this recipe is slicing the plantain thinly enough to produce crisp chips – the thinner you can get them, the crispier they will be, but I can tell you from personal experience that even the too-thick slices are delicious. They’re not as crispy, but nevertheless they are very, very tasty. Click for the recipe

Cheesy Garlic Bread

This delicious cheesy garlic bread is gluten free. I make it with almond flour, and add a little yeast to the dough, not to make the dough rise but for flavor. The slightly yeasty flavor makes this tender cheesy garlic bread very similar to yeast bread. Cheesy, garlicky and buttery, the only thing not to like about this cheesy garlic bread is that it’s calorie-dense (like all baked goods made with almond flour). However, it’s also very filling – a little goes a long way. Click for the recipe

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

What’s not to like about bacon wrapped meatloaf? Well-seasoned ground beef, wrapped in bacon and baked into hot, juicy perfection. I’m in! But these mini little bacon wrapped meatloaves are even better – they are delicious, cute, portable, and can be held with your hands if you so wish. They make a great appetizer or snack, and a delicious entree. Click for the recipe

Gluten Free Crackers

These gluten free crackers amazed me when I first made them, because I was expecting a compromise, but these are better than wheat crackers. Savory, crisp and very flavorful, the almond flour gives them a wonderfully nutty flavor and a crunchy texture. Click for the recipe