5 Easy Healthy(ish) Snacks to Make at Home to Deal With Your Cravings

By: Latifa

One of the hardest things to commit to in winter, if not all year round, is leading a healthy lifestyle. Kolena 3arfeen ehsas el o3ad fel sereer wehna menayemeen el Nutella jar gambena 3amel ezay. Sitting in bed while binge watching/eating can definitely be counted as a guilty pleasure. It becomes so easy to sprint through life with a plate of chicken nuggets in your hands, and a bag of candy in the other. Don’t get me wrong, chicken nuggets and candy have never failed me, not even once, but they have failed my kersh more often than not. Just a few extra minutes in the kitchen though, can get you binging on, not only super filling snacks, but ones that won’t upset those fitness goals we’re trying to maintain this winter.

1) Sweet Potato Fries

Sometimes there’s a batata shaped hole in your heart that only batata can fill. Let’s admit, winter rolls in every year, along with our winter-batata cravings. If you can’t be bothered to go for a walk to the nearest 3arabeyet batata, then trust me when I say your walk to the kitchen will be more than worth it. You can end your hunger for fries, and for 3am Mohamed’s batata, and do it all while wearing your hello kitty pajamas and matching pantofly. 

Sweet Potato Fries:

Ingredients:

–       2-4 Sweet potatoes (depending on the size)

–       garlic powder

–       chili powder

–       paprika

–       ginger powder

–       onion powder

–       olive oil

Steps:

1.          First, peel and wash your sweet potatoes.

2.          Chop each sweet potato in half, then vertically in half again, and cut them into fries shaped pieces.

3.          Cover your baking tray in foil 

4.          Drizzle olive oil on your baking tray.

5.          Equally spread your uncooked fries on your baking tray.

6.          Sprinkle your herbs and spices on your fries, to taste.

7.          Drizzle more olive oil onto the fries.

8.          Massage the oil, herbs, and spices into the fries, making sure to spread them on both sides. 

9.          Place your tray into the oven for 25-45 minutes, depending on how crunchy you want your fries to be, on 220°.

And Voila! A warm, filling treat to lighten up your late night or early morning binges! (We don’t judge, been there, done that)

2) Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls

ingredients:

–       4 tbs peanut butter

–       1 cup oats 

–       2 tbs honey

–       A handful of dark chocolate chips

–       A bar of your desired dark chocolate

Steps:

1)    In a bowl, add all of your ingredients. 

2)    Using your hands, shape every handful of your mixture into the shape of a ball.

3)    Place your peanut butter balls onto a tray, and put it in the freezer for 20 minutes. 

4)    In a bowl, put your bar of dark chocolate in the microwave for a minute and a half, right before your peanut butter balls are done freezing.

5)    Remove your tray from the freezer, and dip your now ready peanut butter balls in the bowl of melted dark chocolate. 

Did you ever get that lingering feeling of happiness as a child, when your mom came home with a box of chocolate balls from La Poire, Swiss Air, or from any place that served chocolate balls as a matter of fact? Well I know I did, and sometimes my cravings for some juicy chocolate balls, get out of control. Especially when it’s that time of the month again, because god knows mama and baba can’t stop me ordering a few boxes, but he also knows that they wouldn’t be happy either. When all seems inconsolable, make yourself some peanut butter chocolate balls. 

3) Hummus & Veggies

ingredients:

–       2 cucumbers

–       2 carrots

–       2 red capsicum 

–       1 can hummus

–       2 cloves of garlic

–       2 lemons

–       chili powder

–       paprika

–       sesame paste

steps:

1.          Wash your veggies.

2.          cut them into finger shaped slices, and set them aside.

3.          In your blender, pour the can of hummus with the liquid in the can. 

4.          squeeze your two lemons into the blender

5.          Add your two cloves of garlic.

6.          Sprinkle chili and paprika powder, to the amount of your liking (recommended: 3 sprinkles each)

7.          Add 3 tbs of sesame paste

8.          Pour 1/4 cup of water

9.          Blend your hummus to the consistency of your choosing.

10.       Serve your hummus in a bowl, and dip your veggies!

You can swap these veggies out for any that you like, but these are just my personal favorites! Sometimes the hummus can be a little too much for the veggies, but that just means more for later, and another snack that you won’t have to prepare! 

4) Guacamole & Baked Potato Chips

First, the potatoes:

Ingredients:

–       3 medium sized potatoes

–       Olive oil

–       Garlic powder

–       Onion powder 

–       Thyme 

–       Chili powder

–       Cayenne pepper 

–       Turmeric 

Steps:

1)    Wash and peel your potatoes. 

2)    Grab a sharp knife, and slice your potatoes as thinly as possible.

3)    In a baking tray, spread a sheet of foil.

4)    Drizzle olive oil over the foil. 

5)    Even space and place your uncooked potato chips onto the baking tray.

6)    Sprinkle each one of your herbs and spices onto the potatoes, to your likeliness. 

7)    Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes, and massage the oil and spices into your potatoes, on both sides. 

8)    Place your tray in the oven for approximately 30 minutes, on 200 o .

9)    Remove the tray from the oven, place your potatoes in a bowl, and leave them to cool.

Now, the guac! 

Ingredients: 

–       2 avocados

–       6 cherry tomatoes

–       2 lemons 

–       1 clove of garlic

–       Chili powder

–       Paprika 

1)    Cut your avocados in half, and remove the seed. 

2)    Scrape the contents of your avocados onto a plate, and finely dice them.

3)    Transfer your avocados into a bowl, and squeeze your lemons onto the avocados.

4)    Throw in one clove of garlic.

5)    Using a fork, mash everything together in a bowl. 

6)    Sprinkle chili powder, and paprika powder onto your guacamole, according to your likeliness.

7)    Finely dice your cherry tomatoes, and add them into your bowl.

8)    Mix everything together, and voila! 

Now that you have your chips, and your guac, you don’t have to take into account how many bags, and how many jars, of nachos and salsa you’ll be consuming. You can now lay down, with a guilt free plate of chips and dip, and watch friends, until Netflix asks if you’re still there. 

5) Cinnamon Fried Apples

Ingredients: 

1)    2 green apples

2)    Cinnamon powder

3)    Honey/Agave 

4)    Olive oil

Steps: 

1)    Dice your apples, and set them aside.

2)    Drizzle olive oil into a medium sized pan, and turn the stove onto medium heat. 

3)    When your oil has boiled, throw the apples into the pan. 

4)    Sprinkle your desired amount of cinnamon onto the apples.

5)    Add 1 tablespoon of honey or agave into the pan, and let the apples fry. 

6)    Once your apples have turned a nice golden color, they’re ready to serve!

Trust me when I say, this trick will end your sugar cravings! I have an insane sweet tooth, that seemed to be insatiable, but now I can’t get enough of these apples. With winter keeping most of us within the depths of our bedsheets, a warm apple pie sounds like a dream. These cinnamon fried apples come as close to Mcdonalds’ apple pie, as we’re gonna get. 

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