Your tummy is rumbling and you’re headed to the kitchen for a snack. Don’t reach for that bag of potato chips and calorie-laden dip — grab something healthy (and just as tasty) instead. It doesn’t have to feel like a sacrifice, especially when there are delicious, easy-to-make alternatives to replace your favorite bad-for-you snacks, like healthy pizza and nachos that won’t cancel out all the hard work you’ve been putting in at the gym. Here are 10 plant-based snacks that will power you through your day and make you feel good at the same time.
1. Bell Pepper Pizzas: These guis have all the delicious taste of pizza without the carbs. These hand-held pepper pizzas are loaded with marinara sauce, veggies and cheese and baked until the cheese is nice and bubbly. This is one pizza you can have slice after slice of and not feel guilty afterwards. (via Peas and Crayons)
2. Roasted Beetroot Hummus: Change up your normal hummus recipe and add in two medium-sized beetroots next time you make a batch. Not only is the bright purple mixture fun to look at, but it’s super tasty too. Store it in the refrigerator for up to one week and slather it on crackers, raw veggies or even your morning toast. (via As Easy as Apple Pie)
3. Baked Parmesan Zucchini: This is a snack you won’t mind being addicted to, because it’s so good for you. Strips of fresh zucchini are covered in parmesan cheese and fresh herbs and baked until crispy. Devour them while they’re still warm from the oven and pat yourself on the back for a healthy snack well done. (via Damn Delicious)
4. Fresh Summer Rolls: Delicate rice paper wrappers are filled with as many different veggies as you can fit inside. One tip to make it easier is to have all your filling ingredients sliced ahead of time so you can get right to eating when hunger strikes. Just don’t forget the easy peanut dipping sauce since it’s the perfect complement to the crisp veggies. (via Sally’s Baking Addiction)
5. Southwest Veggie Wonton Cups: These easy-to-make wonton cups are loaded with cheese, black beans, corn and fresh cilantro. Drizzle on a little chipotle yogurt sauce and say hello to your new favorite post-workout snack. For a freezer-friendly version, bake the wonton cups ahead of time and store in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat, just fill each one and pop them in the toaster oven. (via Peas and Crayons)
6. Roasted Edamame: A great source of protein and fiber, this roasted edamame is so good you won’t be able to put it down. Choose between three flavors: parmesan garlic, cracked pepper and sea salt or smokey and spicy (or just make all three!). Cover the edamame in your choice of seasoning and try to distract yourself for the next 20 minutes while they roast in the oven. (The Beauty and the Beard)
7. Grilled Zucchini Nachos: Any day where you can stick to your healthy eating plans and still indulge in nachos is a good day! Just replace the tortillas chips with thin slices of grilled zucchini and add your favorite toppings. (via Two Peas and Their Pod)
8. Baked Vegetable Chips: Ditch the bag of greasy potato chips and try these veggie ones instead. Made with carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes and beets, these chips are a great guilt-free snack to munch on while binge watching your new favorite show on Netflix. (via Hither and Thither)
9. Veggie Toast: Turn that piece of whole wheat toast into a hearty, healthy snack by topping it with hummus and vegetables like cucumbers, sprouts and radishes. But feel free to customize the toppings to utilize whatever’s hanging out in your crisper drawer, like avocado, apple slices and shredded carrots. (via The Kitchn)
10. Tomato Avocado Caprese Bites: This take on a traditional caprese salad will be the one thing you crave after a long hike or as a midday pick-me-up. Swap out the mozzarella cheese for thick slices of tomato to keep it light, but still delicious. (via Cook Eat Paleo)
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