Here Is How To Prepare Balanced Snacks For The Week Ahead!
Here’s how you can prepare balanced snacks for the week ahead that will be ready for you to enjoy anytime you need them with just a little planning on your downtime. I’m up early, between 4 and 5am, in the mornings, for me to do my spiritual devotions as the first thing I do upon awakening, and also to enjoy the quietness while I greet the glory of the sunrise.
Thereafter I’m up and about drinking my first glass of water, have my breakfast which can be anything from a smoothie, a muffin, boiled eggs or one of these flavorful, delicious, healthy, and balanced snacks that you can meal prep before by 7am.
Since I eat my dinner in the late afternoon, I make sure there’s always a healthy snack to keep me going in between my main meal of the day.
With the eating habit I’ve established I enjoy these healthy snacks that keeps my cravings away between meals and sustain my energy throughout the day. By taking the time to meal prep snacks in advance, you can set yourself up for success by having healthy, balanced snacks ready to go whenever you get the munchies.
Making These Balanced Snacks For The Week Contributes To My Normal Blood Pressure Levels
These balanced healthy snacks are part of the many opportunities for you to improve your blood pressure numbers and increase your chances for success in reaching and maintaining your optimal weight.
Before your work week begins and things get hectic, make these balanced snacks for the week ahead. They’re easy to tote to work or simply have on hand when you need something to eat.
- Air Fryer Chickpeas
If something salty and crunchy is what you crave, turn to your air fryer to make air-fried chickpeas. They take only 15 minutes in the air fryer and come out with a satisfying crunch. You can season them any way you like, too.
Drain and pat chickpeas dry. Toss them in some olive oil and the seasonings of your choice. Arrange in your air fryer and cook at 390 until crispy and lightly browned. Make a large portion of them to experiment with flavors, and you won’t miss those store-bought chips.
Let me tell you constipation will be nowhere to be found with this snack and the drinking of a glass of water.
- Coconut Energy Balls
This is crunchy and delicious. Need something to pick you up in the afternoon? Satisfy that hunger with nutrition in bite-sized form. You can make them with pitted dates, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and coconut flour. Top them with shredded coconut, and you’re all set. Yummy!
- Greek Yogurt Fruit Dip
Greek yogurt makes an excellent base for a fruit dip. It’s healthy and delicious on its own, but if you add cacao powder, you can give it a chocolaty twist. Greek yogurt makes for an excellent blank slate in this way, so feel free to squeeze in some key lime for a key lime pie flavor or even almond butter for something nuttier. Then dunk in your favorite fruits to enjoy, or simply grab your spoon. For a vegan alternative, choose dairy-free yogurt.
Hummus is always a healthy snack go-to, and it’s easy to make yourself. To keep things interesting, you can play with flavors. Try making it with sweet potatoes, then add chipotle and lime to give it a smoky taste that will have you scraping the bowl clean.
- Instant Pot Egg Bites
Eggs are a protein-rich food that will give you a quick boost mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Making them in the Instant Pot gives them a creamy and soft texture. You can add your favorite veggies to them and make them different every time. They’re the ideal low-carb bite-sized snack. Make a ton of them ahead of time and put them in the freezer so you can grab them and go.
- Kale Chips
Another one that comes out best in the air fryer is kale. Using your air fryer, kale chips crisp up in just 7 to 10 minutes. You can alternate between those chickpeas and kale to have satisfying, balanced snacks that are meal prep perfect.
Roasted Eggplant Dip (Baba Ghanoush)
- Roasted Eggplant Dip (Baba Ghanoush)
This creamy, dreamy dip is made from roasted eggplant. It has a wonderful smoky flavor accented with tahini and mint. You’ll love it with raw vegetables or crackers. It smears beautifully too, so it can pull double-duty for lunch when your sandwiches or wraps need a little something extra.
With just a little planning on your downtime, you’ll have these balanced snacks for the week ready to enjoy anytime you need them.
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