Like many of you, I began the year excited and determined to live a healthier lifestyle! My amazing trainer and friend, Tara Stamper, was eager to share some of her favorite healthy snacks recipes with me.
The first one is found on the website, Gina’s Skinny Recipes. If you loved rice krispy treats as a child, here’s a healthier version for you to try:Skinny Rice Krispies Treats Servings: 16 • Serving Size: 1 piece • Points: 2 pts • Points+: 2 pts Calories: 84.4 • Fat: 0.7 g • Protein: 0.8 g • Carb: 18.9 g • Fiber: 0.0 g
- 2 tbsp light butter spread (I used Smart Balance Light)
- 4 cups or 10 oz mini marshmallows
- 6 cups Rice Krispies
- cooking spray
- Spray a 9×12-inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- Heat a large saucepan on low heat. Melt butter spread being sure to coat the bottom of the pot to prevent sticking. Add marshmallows and melt on low flame. Stir until completely melted, then remove from heat.
- Add Rice Krispies to the melted marshmallows, and stir until completely combined (this is the hardest part, do this quick before the marshmallows cool). Press into the buttered pan with wax paper and cut them into 16 pieces.
Another recipe Tara shared comes from the website, The Gracious Pantry. These Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Protein Bars are perfect as a quick breakfast or afternoon snack:
Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Protein Bars
- 1 1/2 cups quick oats (the 3 minute kind)
- 1 cup peanut butter (I use creamy)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup pumpkin (I used canned and organic)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 cup unflavored whey protein powder
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice, no sugar added
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Roast your oats for 10-15 minutes on a cookie sheet (Or until they turn a nice golden brown). Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
- Spread dough to 1/2 inch thickness in a baking dish or 1/2 sized cookie sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the dough has a nice golden brown appearance.
- Allow to cool. Slice into bars and store in Tupperware container or Ziploc bag. Makes 15 bars.
Do you have any recipes for healthy snacks you’d like to share? Let’s work together to make 2013 our healthiest year yet!