Although many of us think of "snacks" as involving a different kind of food than "meals," there's no reason the World's Healthiest Foods cannot be both your meal foods and your snack foods!
One of the World's Healthiest Desserts - our Blackberry Tart - will fully satisfy your sweet tooth. But it will also provide you with omega-3 fatty acids, a dozen vitamins, and a dozen minerals. Our Chinese Cabbage Salad, can be a World's Healthiest snack just as easily as it can be part of a World's Healthiest meal. The World's Healthiest Foods serve you best at all eating times - snacks and meals alike.
As you obtain a greater and greater percentage of your total calories from the World's Healthiest Foods, you move closer and closer to optimal nourishment and vibrant health.
Here are a few simple-to-prepare snacks that make great use of the World's Healthiest Foods:
- Hummus Roll-Up. Most any type of flat bread, including a whole wheat tortilla, chapati or pita pocket, can be filled with two to three tablespoons of hummus (garbanzo bean spread, usually made with olive oil, sesame tahini and garlic) to make a quick "finger food" snack from the World's Healthiest Foods. Dress this up by adding roasted sweet pepper slices and some fresh sprouts!
- World's Healthiest Foods Shake. In your blender, add: one cup of low-fat organic soy milk, one heaping tablespoon of almond butter, and a frozen banana or two teaspoons of grade B maple syrup (grade B is less refined and retains more naturally-occurring nutrients). Blend for 30 seconds. The result: a tasty protein and fiber-rich World's Healthiest shake.
- Healthy Cinnamon Toast. You may want to keep a salt shaker-type container filled with a mixture of granular evaporated cane juice and freshly ground cinnamon - using approximately one teaspoon of cinnamon to every three tablespoons of cane juice crystals, depending on your taste. Spread a slice of still hot, toasted, organic whole wheat bread with a teaspoon of organic butter, then sprinkle the cinnamon mixture on top for a tasty World's Healthiest Foods treat.
- Fresh Ripe Fruits. Preferably organic. Fill a small plate with orange segments, slices of crunchy apples, deep purple grapes, and sliced banana. For some protein staying-power, serve with a half-cup of low-fat yogurt. For a major treat, top with shredded coconut.
- Fruit and Cheese. Core and slice an apple or pear. Serve with very thin slices of low-fat aged organic cheddar or other flavorful low-fat organic cheese.
- Healthy roasted nuts and seeds, such as walnuts, almonds, cashews, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. For more flavor, toss nuts with a little tamari or soy sauce before roasting.
- Frozen Grapes. Nothing beats a cup of frozen grapes, preferably seedless, on a hot afternoon! Both green and purple grapes freeze well, and melt in your mouth. Better than ice cream!
- Stuffed celery. Stuff a celery stick with a dab of nut butter and press in a couple of raisins—a real hit with young snackers.