Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Chips

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Ever crave something crunchy and salty..Maybe like a greasy potato chip? Well, you can save those calories and try this guiltless, grease-free, healthy-baked snack! Sweet potatoes have an incredible amount of Vitamin A so be sure to snack on these!

Yield: 2

Ingredients:
1 large sweet potato; peeled
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
Sprinkle of parmesan cheese

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Carefully, with a sharp knife cut peeling sweet potato into 1/4 of an inch slices and place in a medium bowl. Add salt, pepper, and granulated garlic. Toss with your hands and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in oven and baked for 15 minutes. Then, increase oven heat to 400 degrees F and bake for another 15 minutes or until crispy. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese!

Chickpea & Black Bean Hummus

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Yield: 6

Ingredients:
1 can black beans; drained and rinsed
1 can chickpeas; drained and rinsed
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 garlic clove
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
6 whole wheat pita breads

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut each pita bread into 6 pieces and put on baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt on top. Bake for 10 minutes.

2. In the meantime, add beans, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, powder, garlic clove, lemon pepper, and cayenne pepper to food processor. Mix for about 3 minutes until hummus becomes creamy. Add more lemon juice and/or olive oil if hummus is too thick depending on the flavor. Also, feel free to add extra seasoning! Enjoy hummus with baked pita chips and fresh veggies..I particularly love sliced cucumbers with this hummus!

Crunchy Baked Chickpeas

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Craving a crunchy, salty, spicy, and protein packed snack?! Try this one!

Yield: 3

Ingredients:
1 can of chickpeas; rinsed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp olive oil

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Rinse and drain chickpeas, make sure they are somewhat dry (pat down with paper towel). Add to medium sized mixing bowl and add salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil. Mix until chickpeas are evenly coated with seasoning. Pour onto lightly greased baking sheet and make sure chickpeas are spread out. Try to make them NOT touch each other to make them extra crunchy! After 20 minutes, flip with a spatula to get the other side crunchy. Bake for 35-40 minutes and there you have a healthy little snack!

Baked Beef Taquitos

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My brother came over for dinner last night and he wanted Mexican food…so we made beef tacos and we had left over corn tortillas so we decided to make fresh homemade beef taquitos! They are so good unlike the frozen ones you can buy that are deep fried and filled with fake meat and cheese. These are made clean without all that extra grease and unwanted fat!

Yield: 6

Ingredients:
10 small corn tortillas
1 cup taco meet (we used hamburger meat and seasoned it with a packet of taco seasoning)
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Cooking spray

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Wrap corn tortillas in a paper towel and microwave for 10-15 seconds to steam and this will make them soft enough to roll (and not crack).
2. Lightly spray a baking sheet and your ready to roll!….with a spoon, place 1-2 spoonfuls of taco meat in the center of the corn tortilla then sprinkle cheese on top of the meat until its covered (about 1 Tbsp). Roll the corn tortilla and place on baking sheet placing seam-down. With cooking spray, spray the tops of the taquitos to prevent them from cracking. Bake for 15-20 minutes until crunchy!

*For a yummy dipping sauce we used homemade guacamole and then we mixed 2 Tbsp of fresh salsa with 1/2 cup of low-fat sour cream!

Vanilla Maple Chia Seed Pudding

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If you love tapioca pudding and eating healthy you will love this! This tastes just like tapioca pudding except it has less than 200 calories per serving and is loaded with all kinds of essential nutrients your body needs such as fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. You can add all sorts of extra toppings such as chopped apples, bananas, berries, or even almonds! I usually just use what I have in my fridge. A dash of cinnamon also goes well with this healthy breakfast or snack treat!

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetend almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp pure maple syrup
1/2 cup vanilla nonfat greek yogurt
1/4 cup of chia seeds
1/4 cup fresh fruit topping (your choice)
*you can buy chia seeds at any nutrition store such as whole foods.

Steps:
1. In a bowl, whisk together almond milk, yogurt, vanilla, and maple syrup. Add chia seeds and and mix until combined.

2. Put in fridge for 45 minutes until mixture become thick like a pudding. Serve and top with cinnamon and fresh fruit or/and almonds! This is nutritious and delicious!

*You can even make this the night before for a quick breakfast!