Food & Drink

New year, new snacking habits

Hummus is an example of a healthy snack for the new year.
Hummus is an example of a healthy snack for the new year. Centre Daily Times, file

As we begin 2018, the media will be filled with New Year’s resolutions. Gym memberships will be at an all time high, and the fridge is filled with healthy food. But with all this focus on meals, people tend to forget the importance of snacks as well.

There are numerous benefits of making a wiser choice for your body, including a sustained full feeling, increased alertness and better digestion. Eating healthy is often thought to be expensive; however, with some advanced prepping you will be sure to keep your stomach and wallet happy. Below are some tips to save some cash while still satisfying those cravings.

▪ Buy fruit and veggies in season (for winter, some examples are: apples, pumpkin, avocado, winter squash and yams) and slice them up to be eaten with dips.

▪ Use proteins as snack foods, such as nuts or grains.

▪ Frozen, dried or canned fruit is a convenient choice as long as it is packaged in 100 percent juice.

▪ Consider prepping ahead, where large batches can be made and then stored.

HUMMUS

2 cups garbanzo beans (chickpeas, cooked)

2 cloves garlic (minced)

 1/4 cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon sesame tahini (sesame paste, or substitute peanut butter)

2 table spoons olive oil

Directions:

Mash the garbanzo beans until smooth

Add the garlic, lemon juice, tahini and oil. Mix well.

BAKED TORTILLA CHIPS

3 flour tortillas (10 inch, whole wheat)

cooking spray oil

salt (dash, optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven or toaster to 400 degrees.

Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Cut tortillas into 8 sections (as if you were cutting a pizza) and place on baking sheet.

Spray tops of tortilla sections with cooking spray and lightly salt, if desired.

Bake for 10 minutes, until crispy and light brown, watch closely so the chips do not burn.

Mikaela Kluver is an alumna from Penn State and a hired research technician. This column is coordinated by the Penn State Healthy Bodies Project, directed by Lori A. Francis, Ph.D., associate professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State.

HUMMUS

2 cups garbanzo beans (chickpeas, cooked)

2 cloves garlic (minced)

 1/4 cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon sesame tahini (sesame paste, or substitute peanut butter)

2 table spoons olive oil

Directions:

Mash the garbanzo beans until smooth

Add the garlic, lemon juice, tahini and oil. Mix well.

BAKED TORTILLA CHIPS

3 flour tortillas (10 inch, whole wheat)

cooking spray oil

salt (dash, optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven or toaster to 400 degrees.

Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Cut tortillas into 8 sections (as if you were cutting a pizza) and place on baking sheet.

Spray tops of tortilla sections with cooking spray and lightly salt, if desired.

Bake for 10 minutes, until crispy and light brown, watch closely so the chips do not burn.

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