I’m handing my blog over to Kacey from The Drifter Collective today! She’s sharing some delicious, good-for-you summer snacks!
Clean Eats and Summer Treats: 4 Delicious Snacks that are Good for You
You may think preparing snacks that are good for you will take hours of labor over your stove. The truth is, good food isn’t hard to find or hard to make. What you consume between meals keeps you sustained throughout the day — so, make it healthy!
Satisfy those salty and sweet cravings without the guilt. Give these four delicious healthy recipes a try on the next hot summer day:
- Avocado-Sweet Potato Brownies
Yes, brownies — of the avocado and sweet potato variety. These bold, bite-sized beauties only take thirty minutes of your time and will fill up your chocolate cravings with all the pleasure and none of the guilt. They are gooey, fudgy, nutritious and grain-free for those must avoid gluten.
You’ll mix a half cup of sweet potatoes with one avocado, two eggs, honey, coconut oil and flour, along with other nutritious ingredients. Mix it all together and fold in the mini chocolate chips. Include walnuts if you like a little extra crunch on top of your brownies. You’ll bake these brownie bites in a muffin tin in the oven at 350 degrees for twenty minutes, letting them cool. This just any snack — this is a treat!
- Sliced Cucumbers + Hummus
Hummus sounds fancy, and it will make you feel fancy — It’s not hard to make, though. A basic and super easy hummus recipe calls for one can of garbanzo beans/chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt and sesame oil. Blend it all together until you’ve reached your preferred consistency.
Chickpeas are a good source of protein, too. For a quick recipe, it’s best to use canned chickpeas, but you can soak the chickpeas overnight and cook them, if you prefer.
Use cucumbers to scoop up the hummus on a hot summer day, or another veggie or fruit.
- Three-Ingredient Energy Bars
You’re going to be super busy this summer and will need to keep your energy up. When you mix nuts, dates and dried fruit, you get an easy recipe for energy bars.
The best part is the recipe is customizable and only requires those three ingredients. Mix it up with cranberry-pecan or cherry-almond. Depending on the ingredients you use, they’ll be beautiful to look at, too, but they won’t last long. Your dates need to be pitted for the bars to work.
You’ll mix the three ingredients together in the food processor, processing for 30 seconds until you see a crumb-like appearance and pulsing for another minute or two, until blended. Press into them into a big square, wrap them in plastic wrap and chill them for at least an hour. Then, all you need is a sharp knife to slice your delicious and nutritious energy bars.
- Grilled Chicken Strips
Whether you’re eating them solo, in a side salad or in a wrap, grilled chicken strips are healthier than fried strips or fast food chicken nuggets, any day! Grilled chicken strips are also a fun and healthy food that kids can help with and enjoy eating. The best part is marinating the chicken strips before you grill them, including olive oil, lime juice, salt, pepper and basil. Coarse salt and fresh basil are the best to use.
This recipe takes a bit longer due to marinating, but it’s worth it. The time will fly by because there’s no heavy lifting involved. Let the strips marinate for at least four hours, but preferably overnight.
Afterward, slice each boneless chicken breast into three to four pieces. At this time, you can let them sit in garlicky mixture for a while for extra flavor, or place them on the grill for eight minutes, rotating each strip.
Whether you’re grilling out on a hot summer day or just looking for an energy boost, these four recipes will see you through and keep your guilty pleasures in check. Delicious snacks can be healthy and easy to make. Told you so!
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.