Craving a crunch? Try these homemade snack recipes and easy on-the-go ideas, all for less than 200 calories.
Mix 3 cups whole nuts with 1/4 cup each flaxseeds, quinoa, and sunflower seeds. In a separate bowl, whisk 2 egg whites with 2 tablespoons honey, 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, and 1/4 teaspoon each cayenne, cumin, and cinnamon. Toss with nut mix.
Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet; bake at 325 degrees until dry, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Scrape from pan while cooling, to avoid sticking. Makes 16 servings (178 calories each).
Soak 1 cup dried yellow split peas in 3 cups water for 4 1/2 hours. Drain and pat dry. Over medium-high heat, coat a large skillet with oil. Add half the peas; cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown and crunchy, 6 to 10 minutes. Season with salt. Repeat with remaining peas. Makes 12 servings (55 calories each).
The seeds scooped from a pumpkin, also known as pepitas, offer plenty of protein and magnesium, and 1/4 cup delivers a third of your daily requirement of immunity-protecting zinc. They are sold with or without their white shells.
For a tasty snack, rinse pepitas well, making sure to remove any pulp from the pumpkin. Let them dry overnight. Spread the seeds onto a baking sheet sprayed lightly with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, or other seasonings. Cook for one hour at 250 degrees (125 calories for one ounce, or about 85 seeds).
Intensely flavored almond flour stands in for wheat, giving these gluten-free poppy crackers a buttery crispness, along with a measure of protein, calcium, vitamin E, and folic acid. Makes 12 crackers (130 calories each).