Ring In 2018 With Food That’s Good For You
The snack tray that comes out every year at this time is loaded. However, not only is it loaded with great finger foods and tasty treats, that plate is also loaded with calories. If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to join a gym or concentrate on healthy eating habits, you can get a kick start on that goal with the right party favors. At WeatherBug we want you to start the New Year off with a fun celebration and by fun we mean one filled with healthy snack choices. Here are our top picks:
Instead of potato chips and a ranch or French onion dip, why not switch it up with something as tasty but with a fraction of the calories? Bean dips, and there are many variations on the theme, are not only low in calories they are high in fiber and protein. Plus, you can whip up a batch quickly just by mixing together cooked black beans with garlic salt, oregano, cumin, chili powder and a little cayenne pepper to give it some punch. Toss all of this in a blender and once it is mixed add some chopped tomatoes and cook in the oven for about ten minutes. You’ll want to dip everything from low fat chips, pita bread and vegetables in this creamy alternative.
A fistful of cocktail nuts may make for a tasty snack but they tend to be rather high in sodium and fat. A healthy substitute is roasted chickpeas. The added bonus aside from less sodium and fat is that chickpeas will provide you with protein and some essential nutrients. These are easy to prepare as all you need is olive oil to cook the chickpeas in. Add some garlic salt and cayenne pepper to liven them up.
Potato chips don’t stand a chance when you match the nutritional content of your favorite flavor with kale. Kale is loaded with nutrients, vitamins and minerals all rolled up into a single leafy green vegetable. It is extremely easy to find in the grocery store and all you need to do to turn them into crunchy kale chips is to toss pieces of the leaves with olive oil and salt and bake until crispy.
Although your body needs carbohydrates, many snack foods are laced in them but do not have protein to balance them out. One way to fight the cravings that come from treats that are high in carbs and low in protein is to find a treat that has enough protein in it to satisfy those cravings. Turkey meatballs are one such solution. The contain protein and what better way to use up those turkey leftovers from Christmas than with some meatballs that are as good for you as they are tasty?
Have A Safe And Happy New Year’s Celebration
Take WeatherBug with you wherever you travel to celebrate the arrival of 2018. Remember, you can always have current conditions in the palm of your hand when you take us along.