There’s no time like the new year to commit to building a healthy lifestyle. In fact, each January, an average of one in three Americans resolve to better their lives in some way. But sticking to resolutions doesn’t come without its challenges. For example, it takes an average of 66 days to form a new habit. So tackle the new year head on by stocking the pantry—and your recipe repertoire—with healthy snacks. From sweet to savory, here are a few tasty treats to help kick off the new year:
Healthy Snacks Idea 1: Quinoa Pudding
According to research, more frequent snacking is replacing standard daily meals. So it’s more important than ever to fill up on healthy snacks that pack a nutritional punch. This Warm Pudding recipe uses quinoa—one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids—to create a hearty any-time-of-day snack. Round it out with freeze dried fruit toppings. For a sweet and simple crunch, try Sunkist Fruit Chips® Crunchy Banana. For a blend bursting with flavor, top off the pudding with NEW Sunkist Fruit Chips® Medley Blueberries • Strawberries • Cherries.
Healthy Snacks Idea 2: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
If you’re looking to build your immunity or improve your mood, pumpkin seeds are worth incorporating into your healthy snacks mix. So the next time you’re looking for a simple snack, use cinnamon sugar, dill pickle or any of these six delicious ways to roast the nutrient-rich seed. Looking for a bit more sustenance? Use the pumpkin seeds as a topping on homemade oatmeal or a vegetable-packed salad.
Healthy Snacks Idea 3: Single Serve Trail Mix
When choosing a snack, convenience and nutritional value are the top two criteria. Sunkist® Fruit Lover’s Trail Mix™ Single Serve blend premium fruit and crunchy tree nuts for a snack that’s the epitome of convenience. So take your pick from NEW Sunkist® Fruit Lover’s Trail Mix™ Single Serve Multipack Pineapple Coconut, NEW Sunkist® Fruit Lover’s Trail Mix™ Single Serve Multipack Strawberry Banana or NEW Sunkist® Fruit Lover’s Trail Mix™ Single Serve Multipack Breakfast Espresso & Granola Blend.
Healthy Snacks Idea 4: Hash Brown Nests
Packing the fridge with bite-sized healthy snacks is a great way to stick to your 2017 nutrition goals. Grab a muffin tin and prepare these super satisfying Eggs in Hash Brown Nests. Then toss in your favorite vegetables to up the nutritional value of these tasty treats. Red peppers, mushrooms and broccoli all make fantastic additions.
Healthy Snacks Idea 5: Dressed-Up Toast
When it comes to dressed-up toast, the possibilities are endless. Get creative by experimenting with delicious toppings that satisfy your cravings. For a savory-meets-sweet snack, spread cream cheese on a piece of whole wheat toast. Then sprinkle it with dried fruit, like Sunkist Fruit Chips® Crunchy Strawberry. If you prefer the classics, go for this Healthy 5-Minute Avocado Toast recipe. And for the latest trendsetting toast, try out the snack du jour—Sweet Potato Toast.