Health Fix: Ditch the Trail Mix
Take hold of your fitness goals and make your own healthy snacks and desserts at home. No need to break the bank on fancy organic snacks either; these two recipes made with common ingredients will boost your energy as well as feed your heart, brain, and cravings.
What you’ll need:
– Dark Chocolate or Carob Nibs – both maintain your healthy heart and brain.
– Almonds – regulate your cholesterol and add a low-calorie fiber source
– Coconuts flakes – provide healthy fats to keep you fuller for longer
Pick up a handful of each and toss together in a bowl.
Just the Right Amount of Trail Mix
Trail and Chex Mixes are so full of sugar and salt that eating more than a 1/4 cup can really pack on calories. Choose just enough ingredients to satisfy those crunchy-salty-sweet craving we all have.
Opt to transform the same ingredients into a thoughtful dessert for guests—melt the chocolate in a mini cupcake liner, top off with one almond and sprinkle of coconut flakes, and put it in the freezer until it hardens. Just remember, everything in moderation. Just because it’s a healthier alternative, doesn’t mean you should eat more of it.
Banana Ice Cream: Among the countless soy and tofu dairy alternatives available, a tasty faux ice cream can be hard to come by. Dodge the additives and dreadful taste tests for this easy fix.
All you need is a blender or food processor and ripe frozen bananas. Whip the bananas until smooth and creamy. You can even add mix-ins like fruit, peanut butter and top with coconut cream as a whipped cream alternative.