Healthy Snack Ideas – Carrots with “Curried Yogurt” and Other Healthy Snacks

Posted 03/10/2015 | By HealthCorps

Curry is trending strong as a robust flavored herb that boosts the taste of foods.  Mix a few tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt with ¼ teaspoon of curry for a delicious dip with carrot sticks. You can also use it instead of mayo on wraps and sandwiches.

Jicama is a crisp and crunchy vegetable that pairs well with turkey.  Wrap low sodium deli slices around jicama and celery sticks for a protein-rich snack. Use different flavored mustards as a low-calorie dipping sauce.

We all love carbohydrates, but we need to limit portions. Take half a toasted 100% whole wheat or pumpernickel bagel and scoop out the soft inside. Fill with part skim ricotta cheese and berries and sprinkle with crushed walnuts. The protein-rich filling will keep you from missing all that bread.

Endive leaves are perfectly shaped to hold yummy ingredients. Mash avocado and soybeans together, add some crushed garlic, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a dash of salt.  Spoon into endive leaves and enjoy!

Smart low-carb sandwiches with a crunch are a filling snack. Take whole grain rice cakes, spread a layer of nut butter and sprinkle with toasted shredded coconut and dried cranberries.

Make a hot snack. Halve some Roma tomatoes, sprinkle with part-skim mozzarella cheese, and top with Basil leaves. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

If you love fries, then why not try sweet potato fries which are higher in fiber and chock full of vitamin A? Cut sweet potatoes into strips, spray with olive oil spray and then season with herbs. Bake on a non-stick baking sheet at 450 degrees for about 15 -20 minutes turning the strips so they cook on all sides. You can enjoy these with the curry yogurt dip!

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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