My Favorite Healthy Snack Ideas {Plus an Energizing Green Smoothie Recipe} - Joyful Thrifty Home
Jan 152014
 

My Favorite Healthy Snack Ideas and Smoothie Recipe - Joyful Thrifty Home

One of my goals for the new year is to eat better and have healthier food options available. I know that good snacks that help to fuel energy are crucial for me as I often struggle with fatigue. I know that this time of year many other people are thinking about getting healthy and exercise so I wanted to share with you some of my favorite healthy snack ideas. These would all be great for a quick energizing snack before or after a workout too!

Healthy Smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to get lots of vitamins and nutrients. I love this energizing green smoothie because it’s easy to make and helps keep me going. It’s packed with good ingredients like spinach. I think spinach is the best ingredient for green smoothies because it blends right in with the other ingredients. If it weren’t for the green color you probably wouldn’t even know it was there.

My favorite flavor combination is orange, strawberry and banana. The other ingredients are there just to add extra nutrients or other benefits but the fruit is where most of the flavor will come from. You can easily mix up the fruit you use to suit your tastes.

I do sometimes use protein powder, but I started using it before I switched to a more whole foods diet. I haven’t decided if I will continue to use it after I am out of what I have. This smoothie still has protein because of the Greek yogurt and lots of other benefits in the other ingredients so the powder is not necessary but go ahead and use it if would like or just leave it out.

The last time I made this smoothie I was struggling all day just to do anything because of fatigue but once I got some of this in me I began to feel much more alert and energized. This is why I call it the energizing green smoothie!

Energizing Green Smoothie

Yield: 1 serving

Author: Ashley l www.JoyfulThriftyHome.com

Energizing Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 to 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax or chia (or a blend of both)
  • 1 scoop (about 2 tablespoons) vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries (or other frozen fruit)

Directions

  1. Place orange juice in blender. Pack with as much spinach as will fit (up to two cups). Add flax and protein powder then blend until liquefied.
  2. Add yogurt and fruit then blend again until everything is well combined.

Notes

Feel free to change the juice to another liquid (water, milk, a different kind of juice). You can also use any other type of fruit. Frozen is used in the recipe to give it a thicker consistency. If using fresh, add some ice.

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I like making smoothies for a quick snack or light meal. It is especially easy because I use a cup attachment for my blender so I can drink it right from the container it gets blended in. Aside from smoothies, I also like to make sure I have other easy snacks available so I put together this list of six more snack ideas for you.

6 More Easy and Energizing Healthy Snack Ideas

I like to have at least a few options on hand for easy snacks so that I have something for when the midday slump hits. I don’t snack everyday but it’s nice to know something is there if I need it. I also use some of these for a quick lunch. For example, if I have hummus, I will make up some pita chips and put them on a plate with red pepper and carrots to use for dipping.

  • Trail Mix: My favorite easy snack is mixing about a handful of each; raw whole almonds, walnuts, dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. It’s super easy and so much cheaper than buying a pre-made trail mix.
  • Roasted Almonds: You can find lightly salted and roasted almonds in the grocery store or buy a bag of raw almonds and roast them yourself.
  • Homemade Granola Bars: Many store-bought granola bars have a lot of sugar and other ingredients that are far from healthy. I like making my own so I know what’s in them plus I can customize them to my taste preferences. If you would rather buy them, make sure they are not filled with a bunch of junk. I like Kind and Clif bars. I also want to try Larabars (or figure out how to make my own).
  • Hard Boiled Eggs: Eggs are a good source of protein (and they’re cheap!) so cook up some eggs and store them in the fridge for an easy grab and go snack.
  • Apple or Banana with Peanut Butter: Fruit is an easy snack. Amp it up a little by spreading some peanut butter in it.
  • Red Pepper Strips with Hummus: I have become a huge fan of red peppers. They are packed with vitamins, antioxidants and have a host of other health benefits, so I use them wherever I can in my recipes. One easy way I like eating them is cut into strips and dipped in hummus. You can make hummus but I typically just buy it on sale at Meijer or from Aldi.

These are just a few ideas for healthier snacks so I would love to know…

What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?

What are your favorite easy and healthy snacks? 

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About the Author

Ashley has been happily married to her husband since July 2010. She is a thrifty girl at heart with a bit of a crafty side. She is also a once disaster in the kitchen turned aspiring home chef. She loves coffee and herbal tea and is a self proclaimed library nerd. But her real passions are encouraging others in their Christian faith and to show people that it is possible to live well even if you are on a tight budget.

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  4 Responses to “My Favorite Healthy Snack Ideas {Plus an Energizing Green Smoothie Recipe}”

  1. Ooh, I have all these ingredients already. I’ll have to try this!
    MaryEllen@ImperfectHomemaker recently posted…Project Simplify: Turning Goals into RealityMy Profile

  2. Mm, I know that smoothies gotta be yummy. I’ve been making smoothies a lot more these past few weeks because of my special diet, and now I’m hooked on them. :) I had a blueberry-coconut smoothie for breakfast this morning. It had coconut milk (from the can), frozen blueberries, flax seeds, and a little pineapple sherbet (I know the sherbet wasn’t healthy, but the rest of it was! hehe) What I love about smoothies is that you can use frozen berries, which are cheaper than fresh (and last longer). So, it’s more budget friendly! :)
    Jane @ Devoted Sonriser recently posted…My Focus Word for 2014My Profile

  3. I love smoothies as snacks (and meals)! Thanks for linking up to Wellness Wednesday! :)
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