Garlic Parmesan Popcorn Mix

Popcorn is absolutely my snack addiction. I can basically finish an entire bag of any kind of popcorn in one sitting… who am I?! I’m talking sweet and salty popcorn, plain salted popcorn and my all time favorite cheesy popcorn. Ya feel me?

Anyways, I wanted to make my own little popcorn snack mix that’s perfect for snacking on when I pay attention to the serving size. Chia seeds and peptias add some healthy fats and remember popcorn is a whole grain! Try this out for your next road trip or Netflix binge.

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Garlic Parmesan Popcorn Mix

Ingredients

  • 1 bag microwavable popcorn (3 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup pretzels, broken into small pieces
  • 3 tbsp pepitas
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions

Make popcorn according to package directions. Set aside in a large bowl. Stir in the pretzel pieces and pepitas. In a small bowl, melt butter. Stir in chia seeds, garlic powder, Parmesan and salt. Pour butter over the popcorn mixture. Top with dried parsley. Enjoy!

Number of servings: 4 | Serving size: 1 1/2 cups
Calories: 200, total fat: 12 g, total carbohydrates: 18 g, dietary fiber: 4 g, sugars: 0 g, protein: 6 g

What is your favorite popcorn combo? Tell me below!

Raquel

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Raquel

Vanilla Latte Candied Almonds

Almonds are one of my favorite grab and go snacks. I can keep some in my car, in my purse and have a baggie ready to go in the kitchen. A quarter cup of almonds provides you with 214 calories, 8 g protein, 19 g fat and 4 g fiber. They are full of that healthy unsaturated fat found in nuts. Almonds are also packed with biotin, vitamin E, and manganese. This little holiday twist on almonds will give you a little change and a snack to look forward to! These are also the perfect gift for coworkers or any foodie who likes to snack. Stick em in a mason jar with a bow on top and you’re good to go.

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Vanilla Latte Candied Almonds

Ingredients

  • 1 lb raw almondsalmonds-4
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp espresso powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk egg white until it becomes frothy. Add vanilla extract and continue to whisk. In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and espresso powder. Add almonds to egg white mixture and toss to coat. Next add the sugar mixture and stir to combine. On a baking sheet lined with foil, spread coated almonds evenly in one layer. Bake for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool before eating!

Number of servings: 16 | Serving size: 1/4 cup almonds
Calories: 235, total fat: 19 g, total carbohydrates: 9 g, dietary fiber: 4 g, sugars: 4 g, protein: 9 g

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What is your favorite type of nut during the holiday season? Tell me below!

Raquel

Coconut Date Power Bites

These little bites pack in the protein! Not only are they a healthy post workout snack or afternoon pick me up, but they’re sweetened naturally and could be a light breakfast on the go. Dates are my favorite natural sweetener. They can be eaten fresh, but are generally used dried. There are many different types of dates with one of the most popular varieties being Medjool dates. One date contains about 66 calories, 2 grams of fiber (soluble and insoluble), tons of potassium, vitamin A, and is equivalent to one serving of carbohydrates. Dates are a great sweet binder for recipes similar to these. They can also be stuffed as a delicious appetizer!


Coconut Date Power Bites

Ingredientscoconut-balls-1

  • 6 pitted dried dates
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp creamy cashew butter
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions

Soak dates in hot water for 10-15 minutes. Reserve water. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. You should add 3-4 tbsp of reserved water to the mixture while blending. Roll dough into small balls (should get about 18) and roll in additional coconut. Store in the refrigerator.

Number of servings: 6 | Serving size: 3 bites
Calories: 270, total fat: 12 g, total carbohydrates: 35 g, dietary fiber: 8 g, sugars: 18 g, protein 10 g

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Want to see more recipes like this? Tell me below!

Raquel

Game Day Ranch Pretzel Bites

Football season is here! These are my favorite game day snack and they’re perfect for tailgating as well! I like to use Wege Broken Sourdough Pretzels for this recipe, but if you can’t get them any other sourdough pretzels will also work. This recipe uses quite a bit of coconut oil. While I wouldn’t recommend always using coconut oil due to its high saturated fat content, using it on occassion is totally acceptable. Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which increases absorption of these fats. There are many other believed benefits to using coconut oil, but I prefer olive oil for most of my cooking. Coconut oil helps make this recipe so delicious. Try not to get addicted to these pretzels!


Game Day Ranch Pretzel Bites

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  • 30 oz broken sourdough pretzels
  • 1 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning mix
  • 1/2 tbsp dill weed
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl combine coconut oil, ranch seasoning mix, dill weed and garlic salt. Break up any large pieces of pretzel. Add broken pretzel pieces to oil mixture. Stir to cover all of the pretzels. Layer pretzels on two baking sheets and place in oven. Bake for one hour stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool and enjoy while watching your favorite team!

Number of servings: 20 | Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories: 196, total fat: 12 g, total carbohydrates: 20 g, dietary fiber: 2 g, sugars: 0 g, protein: 2 g

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What’s your favorite game day snack? Tell me below!

Raquel

Grilled Avocado with Toasted Walnuts

One of my favorite snacks with loads of healthy fats is half an avocado with a tablespoon of sunflower seeds and a drizzle of honey. So I decided to upgrade my snack a bit! Thanks to some fresh California avocados picked off the tree and flown to me via my boyfriend and California walnuts this snack is taken up a few notches. I love eating multiple snacks throughout the day. If I need to add some more healthy fats then an afternoon snack like this works perfectly. Walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and avocados are loaded with unsaturated fats. California walnuts are delish toasted! They’re one of my favorite types of nuts along with almonds and pecans.

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Grilled Avocado with Toasted Walnuts

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/4 cup California walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tbsp honey

Directions

Preheat a grill pan on medium heat. Preheat oven (I use the toaster oven) to 350 degrees F. Spray grill pan with nonstick cooking spray. Cut avocados in half and remove the pits. Place avocados meat side down on the grill pan for 8-10 minutes. Meanwhile place walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in oven for 5-8 minutes. Use your nose to tell when they are done! They will burn quickly if you aren’t careful. While the avocados are still warm add toasted walnuts on top and drizzle with honey.

Number of servings: 4 | Serving size: 1/2 an avocado
Calories: 164, total fat: 15 g, total carbohydrates: 14 g, dietary fiber: 4 g, sugars: 9 g, protein: 2 g

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What’s your favorite way to snack on avocados? Tell me below!

Raquel

I received free samples of California walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Walnut Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Super Seed Energy Bites

super seedOne of my favorite things to do is take my time around the grocery store and finding new products to use. Remember… I’m a dietitian! Trader Joe’s always seems to be the best place to find things. This Super Seed & Ancient Grain Blend is amazing. It’s a mix of sprouted buckwheat groats, chia seeds, golden flax seeds, shelled hemp seeds, sprouted millet, organic red quinoa, and organic amaranth. I’ve talked about chia seeds and quinoa before so let’s chat about the other ingredients.

Buckwheat groats and amaranth are pseudocereals related to quinoa. They are both loaded with minerals, antioxidants, and fiber which can improve heart health! Millet is an actual grain that is high in copper, phosphorous, and magnesium. Flax seeds are found in this blend and added on the outside of these energy bites. These seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and fiber to help improve digestive health. Last, but not least are hemp seeds which I believe are the real star of this mix. They are one of the few plant-based complete proteins blended with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.


Super Seed Energy Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted datesDSC_0604
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp Super Seed & Ancient Grain Blend
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions

In a blender or food processor, add cashews and chop until they are in small pieces. Remove nuts and set aside. Add 1/2 cup of dates and juice of 1 lemon to the food processor and chop until well combined. Add the remaining dates and lemon juice. Chop again. Place mixture in a medium bowl. Add chopped cashews, shredded coconut, and super seed blend. Stir together until everything is well mixed. Roll into small balls (makes 8-10) and set on wax or parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together ground flax seed and unsweetened cocoa powder. Take each ball and roll in the flax seed and cocoa powder mixture until completely coated. Once all balls are coated, place in the refrigerator to set.

Number of servings: 4-5 | Serving size: 2 balls
Calories: 242, total fat: 13 g, total carbohydrates: 37 g, dietary fiber: 6 g, sugars: 23 g, protein: 5 g

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What is your favorite super seed and how do you like to use it? Tell me below!

Raquel

Peachy Chia Seed Pudding

DSC_0114Snacking throughout the day is important to keep your body energized. Choosing snacks that are satisfying and nutritious is key! This simple recipe is perfect if you’ve never tried chia seeds.

Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein. They contain all nine essential amino acids making this a complete protein. Per 1 oz chia seeds contain 9.8 g fiber, 6.7 g polyunsaturated fats (omega-3’s are part of this group), and 4.69 g protein.

For this recipe you can use white or black chia seeds. There is no nutritional difference between the two.


Peachy Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milkDSC_0159
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup diced peaches
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

Directions

Whisk together almond milk and protein powder or use a blender bottle to combine. Mix in chia seeds, agave, ginger, and cinnamon. Make sure there are no clumps of chia seeds left. Place in the refrigerator overnight. Stir in peaches and unsweetened coconut when ready to serve.

Note: I love Vega Protein Smoothie plant-based protein powder. While whey protein is always a good choice this protein powder is my personal preference.

Number of servings: 2 | Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories: 255, total fat: 13 g, total carbohydrates: 34 g, dietary fiber: 13 g, sugars: 9 g, protein: 6 g

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What is your favorite mid-afternoon snack? Tell me below!

Raquel