Quick Crunchy Snacks

Do you ever just crave chips because you want the crunch of it? Well, try these snacks out out for a healthier option!

Pepperoni Chips. I was at work when I made these up, so your cooking time will vary depending on what you make them on. I laid my pepperoni out on a microwave safe paper plate, and then set the time for about 30 – 45 seconds. The grease coming off of them actually made it smoke slightly. I just checked until it felt crispy and then pulled them out and transferred to a smaller, non pepperoni greasy lol, plate. I got my crunch fix and had some protein!

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The next one I made was a cheese crisp/chip. I was at home and wanted something crunchy and had already used up the pepperoni from prior days. So I took some shredded cheese we had, mexican blend, and made cheese crisps. Using block cheese and shredded it yourself is healthier to avoid the additives they put in shredded. I lined a baking sheet with parchment paper, spread out little clumps of cheese, sprinkled some garlic powder (you don’t need to use any salt seasoning since cheese is already salty), and then baked on 450 for about 5-7 minutes. Once it starts browning around the edges it’s good. Remove from sheet and place on a wire rack to dry just a little (this helps give it more crunch) and then you are good to snack away.

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I hope you enjoy this low carb, clean eating, healthier options over chips! Let us know what your favorite is!

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Clean Eating Snacks

Trying to keep up with a healthy diet can seem like a challenge in today’s fast paced society. We are rushing from home to work back to home with little time to make a dinner and then to bed so we can get up and do it all over again. Eek! Then you add in the convenience of fast food, take out, or delivery and you have about the unhealthiest lifestyle with diet you could have.

Snacking isn’t always thought about when planning out the main meals in a day, and then we either end up grab something that is available or we throw making dinner out the window because we are starving! Again, EEK!

So here are some things you can either grab and take, or make ahead and keep in a cooler with you for the day.

Clean Eating Snacks

Check back for more ideas! Happy clean eating!

 

Banana Ice Cream

So when I buy banana’s, I will buy an extra bunch to cut in halves and then freeze.

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These come in handy for my morning drinks if I want a banana, I just use half in place of some of the ice. Another thing I love to use these for is banana ice cream.

I take half and toss it in my Nija, you can use a blender (I am not sure what setting since I use my Nija), and then blend it up. At first it will be kind of choppy, and seem like it’s not going to blend, but just keep at it and it will blend.

Scoop it out, and there is your banana ice cream. You can add flavorings if you like or even fresh vanilla bean paste prior to blending it. I like drizzling honey over it and topping with a few dark chocolate chips.

Banana Ice Cream

This is a healthy way to have a sweet frozen treat.

Pumpkin Oat Pancakes

I have been experimenting with recipes trying to get the whole family eating better. It’s much easier to eat healthier if everyone else in the household is.

I had looked up several recipes and went with what I thought would be good, which was a mix of different recipes.

Pumpkin Pancakes:
1 cup old fashioned oats (blended up to finer texture)
1/2 of a big can of pumpkin (I used the kind with spices already in it)
2 eggs
baking soda
baking powder

Unfortunately I didn’t measure out the baking soda or powder, just did a dash of what looked right from previous baking. If you don’t normally bake, or not enough to know by site, I would say maybe 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons.

I had my griddle ready to go, and something I have started using is an avocado cooking spray. So I sprayed down my griddle and then wiped it down with a paper towel to make sure the spray was covering it even.

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I have to say I was impressed with banana pancakes as an alternative to regular ones, but pumpkin is my new favorite. All except my youngest were a fan. That being said, she also doesn’t like change right away, so refused to try them and said she just wants regular pancakes, lol.

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I hope you try them and love them!! I will post the banana oat pancake recipe another time. I also attempted using these for waffles, and will post about that later as well. Enjoy!!