Nothing says "treat yourself" like snuggling up on the couch with Netflix cued up and an array of snacks on the coffee table just waiting to be devoured. Rather than settling for what comes in a bag or box, make your own munchies from scratch. Homemade popcorn
is the best on movie night, and it's always a good idea to have some quick and healthy bites
for when you need a boost on-the-go. Try these 16 recipes out for yourself, and you'll be convinced too.
Homemade Cheese Crackers:
Like Cheez-Its (only better), these cheddar cheese crackers are worth making at home. The buttery, (real) cheesy goodness will make you think twice before going for the stuff in a box.
Matcha Bliss Balls:
These taste like dessert, but they're healthy enough that you could eat them for breakfast.
Salt + Vinegar Popcorn:
It's already hard to put down a bowl of popcorn. Add salt and vinegar to the mix, and each kernel has a punchy flavor you won't be able to stop munching.
Chocolate Trail Mix Bites:
The French call them mendiants
, but we'll call them trail mix bites. That makes these chocolate coins sound more like an everyday snack than something we need to wait for a special occasion to eat.
Spicy Crunchy Kale Chips:
Roasted in the oven, the green leaves become crispy, and the kale's bold flavor can stand up to any seasonings you throw its way.
Pita chips are so last year. Made from naan, these cinnamon-spiced churro chips are crunchy, sweet, and irresistible.
DIY Pretzel Bar:
If you really want to be extra with your snacking, set up a DIY pretzel bar. Soft pretzels paired with a variety of dips will keep you (and any company) munching happily all day.
No-Bake Gluten-Free Granola Bars:
When you need a healthy snack on the go, granola bars are tempting. Do yourself one better by making them at home, so you know exactly what you're eating (hint: not corn syrup!).
Brie, Pear + Almond Crostini:
Sometimes simple combinations come together to make the best snacks. Crostini slathered in Brie and topped with almonds and pears definitely fit that bill.
Chocolate Energy Bites:
Chocolate energy bites are full of plant-based protein, so you don't have to save them for dessert.
This nourishing snack will boost your mood when the mid-afternoon hunger pangs strike. You can eat them for breakfast too, since they're filled with healthy proteins and fats that keep you going all day.
Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas:
Crunchy, earthy chickpeas are tasty savory or sweet. In this case, cinnamon takes them to the sweet side.
Spiced almonds are one of the quickest, easiest bites to whip up before guests arrive. You can try this method with your other favorite nuts too.
DIY Unicorn Trail Mix:
Put a bowl of this colorful snack mix on the table at your next party and watch it disappear.
Get more snacking inspiration on our Pinterest page.
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