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January 14, 2022
As temperatures drop and cold winds blow, our bodies naturally yearn for foods that are hearty, nourishing…and warm. Truly, is there anything better than snuggling up on the couch during cooler weather with your favorite blanket thrown over you and a steaming mug or bowl in hand?
But warm, comforting foods don’t have to be limited to our main meals. In fact, we’ve gathered a list of a few of our favorite healthy wintertime snacks that will warm your heart and tide you over until your next full meal. You’re going to love them!
If you limit your oatmeal consumption to the morning hours, you’re missing out. Oatmeal makes an excellent snack. In fact, it is one of the healthiest grains on the planet. It’s a whole grain that is naturally gluten free and chock full of important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.
Keep in mind that oatmeal also doesn’t have to be served swimming in brown sugar and butter. In fact, it doesn’t have to be sweet at all. If you’ve never tried savory oats, we’re about to introduce you to a whole new world. Yes, it may take a minute to wrap your brain around the concept but, we promise—once you try them, you may never go back. We love this recipe from Budget Bytes that can easily be made vegan-friendly by swapping out butter for olive or coconut oil. Split the recipe in half and you have two delicious snack-sized portions.
Bone broth is incredibly nourishing and nutritious. It contains many vitamins and minerals—like calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and other trace minerals—that are missing in from our western diet.
Bone broth is also great for digestion and can be helpful in fighting inflammation. While you can make your own bone broth (we love this recipe from The Forked Spoon), it is also readily available at most grocery stores in convenient single serving containers. Just pour it in a mug and microwave for 60-90 seconds for warm, nourishing, collagen-infused snack.
Move over popcorn…there’s a warmer, more satisfying snack in town. Chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) don’t get nearly enough praise for being such a great snack option. They’re high in fiber and an excellent source of protein, so they’ll keep you full until it’s time for your next meal.
Chickpeas can be eaten raw or sauteed, but we absolutely love them fresh from the oven after being roasted. The cooking process crisps up the exterior but leaves the interior warm and creamy…it’s the most satisfying snack! This recipe from The Mediterranean Dish seems to get them extra crunchy, and there’s no end to the flavor combinations you can create by changing up the seasoning.
We hope this has inspired you to think outside the cut-up-cold-veggies box the next time you’re searching for a snack. Save the crudité for the summertime…now is the time to embrace warmth with your nourishment.
Wishing you a warm and cozy winter season!
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