16 Snacks: Mostly Healthful, Some Quick, All Delicious

Mon, Jan 4, 2010

Personal Development

12353trayvegetable.jpgI’m speaking out! Our bodies were created to heal themselves! Given the right nutrients and life-style, we can live a healthy disease-free life!!

Here in America we are bombarded with advertising and other media influences that lead us in a different direction. The sick state of the nation is evidence of it! We need to get educated and consciously change our course.

A “must read” is Montel William’s Living Well. Just click on Suggested Reading above, and type in Montel Williams Living Well and you can order it right now!

Like me, Montel Williams has been afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. He has totally transformed his life! I am joining Montel Williams in the quest for healthy living!

Montel taught many things, for today, I’m covering one baby step: Snack Foods.

Montel suggests to do our grocery shopping on the parameters of the grocery store. We will find the fresh, healthy, unprocessed food there. The produce, dairy, meat and bread sections are all on the parameters. The processed foods, “junk foods”; canned and boxed are down the isles.

Montel tells us to pay attention to the rainbow of colors in the produce section! There is a surprisingly delicious variety of foods there. When our primary diet is produce, our bodies will be energized and empowered by the disease-fighting antioxidants the produce contains.
When we start preparing and eating produce, we will begin to crave those things, and the “junk food” will begin to loose importance.

For 15 years as a mom, I prided myself as a “milk and cookies mom”. You know, a stay-at-home mom who has fresh cookies to greet the children off the school bus. It was quite difficult to be focused on healthy snacks, cookies were so familiar!

When I lost my health, I needed to change. I wish I would have started when my children were younger. As a mother and homemaker, if I had set the example, learned to love and serve the produce, the family would have followed.

Montel talks about having a variety of colors on every plate of food. The brighter the color, the more nutrition it contains. An easy example to illustrate this, is lettuce. Iceberg is a crisp, clean, crunchy lettuce. Being produce, it is a good source of fiber, being light colored, it has fewer vitamins. In our local supermarket we will find the darker, more nutrition-packed varieties of Romaine and Leaf lettuce. These antioxidant rich foods supply the body with what it needs to feel good!

Here are some snack ideas you’re seeing my transition going from a junk food junkie even if it is homemade, it’s still junk – to falling in love with the produce section!

I’ve started drinking Montel’s smoothies! Just like the title of his book, over the 21 Days to Transform my Life we’ll see how I do! I’m ready to feel really well again!

Please leave comments with your ideas for healthy snacks!

16 Mostly Healthy, Some quick, Always Delicious Snacks

1. Rice cakes topped with 100% natural applesauce (my kid’s favorite)
2. An old time favorite -Ants On a Log -celery filled with peanut butter and raisins

3.Peanutty Apple slices
Large, unpeeled apple, cored, quartered
½ cup creamy or chunky peanut butter
Crushed corn flakes
Cut each apple quarter into three slices.
Spread cut sides of apple slices with peanut butter.
Roll in corn flakes. Makes 12 slices.

4. Orange Julius
3-4 oz frozen orange juice concentrate
¼ cup organic sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk (or soy milk)
Ice cubes
Blend until ice cubes disappear

5. Sliced fruit & all natural yogurt dip

6. Fruit Kabobs
Put small pieces of fruit on a toothpick- these could be apple wedges, raisins, orange sections, pineapple, grapes, melon balls, prunes

7. Sliced vegetable with dressing of your choice

8. Crackers & almond butter or peanut butter

9. Nachos

10. All Natural Yogurt & Granola

11. Banana Shakes
Mix in blender: 2 cups milk, 2-3 frozen bananas,
1 tsp vanilla, 1/4 cup sugar

12. Rice Pudding

1 cup water, lightly salted
1/2 cup organic brown rice
4 cups milk (or soy milk
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
3 eggs
1/2 cup organic sugar
1 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons sugar

In a large pot bring 1 cup lightly salted water to a boil. Pour rice slowly into the water. Do not sir. Cover tightly and cook exactly 7 minutes. The rice will appear slightly underdone. Add the skim milk slowly over low heat for 1 hour. Beat eggs, and add the 1/2 cup sugar, raisins, and vanilla. Pour mixture into rice, stirring slowly until the rice begins to
thicken. Serve hot, warm, or cold with mixture of cinnamon and sugar sprinkled lightly and evenly over the top. Serves 6

13. Lilli’s Fruit smoothies
Frozen fruit
8 oz yogurt
1teaspoon vanilla
Blend until smooth

14. Graham crackers with peanut butter.

15. Montel’s Tropical Fruit Smoothie

1 mango, peeled and seeded
1 papaya, peeled and seeded
1 banana, peeled
1 orange, peeled
5 ice cubes

In a Vita-Mix blender, process ingredients until smooth. Enjoy immediately, or keep 2-3 days in refrigeration.

16. Montel’s Sweet ‘n asy Green Smoothie
This is a healthful, delightful drink with a perky pale green color. The kids will love it!
Makes 2-4 servings.
2 bananas, peeled
3 oranges, peeled and quartered
1 head of romaine lettuce
4 cups of cold water
In a Vita-Mix blender, add ingredients in order: bananas, oranges, and then romaine. Add water to the “Max Fill” line on the blender. Blend all ingredients at medium, then high speed until smooth. Serve chilled. Will keep for 2-3 days in refrigeration

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24 Responses to “16 Snacks: Mostly Healthful, Some Quick, All Delicious”

  1. Tara Wilson Says:

    I have 3 kids and I am always looking for great snack ideas! I think this is a great list – I would only substitute honey or organic sugar, instead of white sugar. Thanks Linda!


  2. Linda Grace Says:

    Thank you Tara, I will!


  3. Jean Says:

    Hi Linda,
    some great recipes here and very healthy too
    thanks for sharing these ideas.


  4. Linda Grace Says:

    Thank you! Do you have any that you’d like to share? Let me know! linda@lindagraceonline.com


  5. Mike Gregory Says:

    This is a great site, I love the theme you are using. I Stumbled it for you and bookmarked it on Digg.


  6. Judy Zavislak Says:

    I LOVE smoothies! I have one every single day! Thanks for some new recipes Linda! Another good tip for smoothies is to use a little agave nectar to sweeten them. It’s lower on the glycemic index, and tastes wonderful!
    .-= Judy Zavislak´s last blog ..Mom of 5 loses 60 pounds with Beachbody Home Workout Routines =-.


  7. Linda Grace Says:

    Hey, check out http://lindagraceonline.com/get-the-focus-on-you/ and get a picture to go beside your comment!


  8. Lisa @ Driving School Bromley Says:

    Thank you for sharing some great snack recipes, I will be trying these out for my children and also myself!!
    .-= Lisa @ Driving School Bromley´s last blog ..Driving Schools Bexley, Driving Schools in Bexley =-.


  9. cheap storage laredo Says:

    How about popcorn? Raisans? Cottage cheese?


  10. Ian Jones Says:

    Judy, I’m a fan of smoothies too and I love the fact that you can make such a huge variety of them yourself! I’m always keen to try new combinations so I’ll be giving the argave nectar a go- thanks for the tip! I’ve recently been adding beetroot to a few of my own recipes and have found that it really adds to the flavour. Combining different fruits and veg in smoothies ensures you get a great balance of nutrients in one drink which is a real bonus for me on the occasions that I haven’t eaten as healthily as I’d like to.


  11. Jeff Allen@clearwater waterfront real estate Says:

    Hi Linda. As for me, I make it a point that my healthy snack recipes include whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Thanks for the recipes. I’ll try them out and will let you know how it turned out.


  12. Dentistry 90048 Says:

    Mmmm, I’ve never tried applesauce with my rice cakes, but it sounds like a delicious way to amp up two already wonderful snacks! Thanks for the tip :)



  13. Bobby Says:

    Right on, Linda! The American diet of fats and indulgences is on its way out. It’s too bad more communities — especially lower-income and/or urban communities — don’t always have reliable access to good, fresh fruits and veggies. But keep up the good work, and thanks for the inspiration!


  14. Nutrition Articles Says:

    Your given meals work so much good and thanks for sharing the list


  15. Arthur van der Vant Says:

    It was quite difficult to be focused on healthy snacks, cookies were so familiar!


  16. Rosalind@low fat dessert recipes Says:

    I have looked up online for recipes and also have found a few but I want
    to get some other peoples creative ideas for low carb breakfast, lunches and also suppers.
    . . They can be simple and quick or perhaps ones that take
    a little longer to make. Thank you in advance!.
    Rosalind@low fat dessert recipes recently posted..low fat dessert recipesMy Profile


  17. kim Says:

    Healthy snacks are more like slow-burning fuel that helps you keep going all day. Having several snacks a day helps banish that postmeal sleepiness that comes from consuming too many calories at one sitting. Dr. Packer: Neck Pain Relief in Chesapeake


  18. Linda Grace Says:

    I’m sorry to say but these recipes are all I’ve got! When I started blogging 3 years ago, I was trying to decide my niche. As a 45 yr old I felt I had a ton of information to offer and It took me 2 and 1/2 years to finally find my purpose in my circumstance! Then I started MSrelief.com and that is where my primary focus is!


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