As much as I like eating out, sometimes munching on a nice homemade snack and watching a movie can provide more satisfaction than emptying your wallet at a restaurant. I’m gonna introduce to you three super simple recipes for a light and healthy summer snack!
1. Banana Peanut Butter Sandwich
This one is pretty self-explanatory – the creamy goodness of bananas and crunchy peanut butter stuck between whole grain bread slices! It’s so easy to make and literally takes less than five minutes to assemble. I like chugging a big glass of milk or soy milk with this little snack 🙂 If you don’t like chunky sandwiches that have stuff falling out of them all over the place, you can use half a banana; otherwise just go for a big, fat (but still guilt-free) sandwich!
2. Oven-baked Sweet Potato Fries
There are days when I’m craving something sweet and savory at the same time – and sweet potato fries answer the question. These don’t look like the typical sweet-potato fries served at diners and whatnot, probably because I used Japanese sweet potatoes instead of the ones sold in the states that are more orange in color; but oh well, they still taste delicious! Chop up some raw sweet potatoes – if you’re looking for a more crispy texture, make sure to cut them into thinner pieces. Next, toss them into a plastic zip-lock bag and sprinkle some extra-virgin olive oil (enough to soak the outsides of the sweet potato chunks), a pinch of salt and sugar, and a herb or seasoning of your choice. Then SHAKEIT!!
Lay some tin foil on a baking pan and place the seasoned sweet potato fries on it, and make sure to evenly space them, leaving some room between each one so that air can circulate well. Bake them in the oven at around 450 degrees Fahrenheit for about ten to fifteen minutes or until crispy. Don’t forget to flip them halfway through the baking, especially if you have thick chunks. This delicious treat is not oily at all, and is amazing for fulfilling an afternoon hunger.
3. Two-ingredient Vegan Froyo
The last healthy snack I’m going to introduce to you today is the two-ingredient dairy-free, gluten-free froyo! Whipping up a nice, cold treat with all-natural ingredients is a fun way to spend a sweltering summer day, I think 🙂
I love that bananas are so versatile. They can be eaten whole, used for baking or as a baking alternative, or used to create delicious frozen desserts! Freeze two bananas overnight (My family tends to put any bananas that are partially peeled or starting to become overripe into the freezer) and take them out when you’re ready to make this awesome snack. While the bananas are slightly thawing, prepare a fruit of your choice – I used a mango – and dice that fruit AND the bananas into little pieces. Then all you have to do is throw them into the food processor and blend away~ I topped mine with some frozen dried blueberries and my favorite: almonds ❤ This all-fruit froyo was my latest creation and was a great success.
Sometimes ice cream and Oreos can be a bit overwhelming… I suggest trying these simple, easy snacks filled with fruits and vitamins instead 😀