Craveworthy, whole food snacks that are easy to prepare and eat anytime of the day! I work with my client, the American Pecan Council, Michelle Dudash, RDN, a Registered Nutritionist, Chef, and Author of the upcoming Low Carb Mediterranean Cookbook: Quick and Easy High Protein, Low Sugar, and Healthy Fat Recipes for Lifelong Health. February is National Snack Food Month. So what better time to talk about how to be more attentive to your chew and make these snacks count more than just calories? We are joined today by registered nutritionist and cook Michelle Dudash.
Craveworthy, whole food snacks that are easy to prepare and eat anytime of the day! I work with my client American Pecan Council
Lockdown snacks are in full swing, but there are some easy swaps that can help you clean up your snacks and make them work harder for you. They provide essential nutrients to fuel your work or e-learning routine at home.
1. Tough coconut and pecan granola bars with cranberries
These bars are full of goodness and just add a touch of sweetness to the dried fruit. Instead of buying snack bars, make your own with pecans – that way, you can take control of the ingredients.
Michelle Dudash is excited to partner with the American pecans, The Original Supernut, to show how you can help make sense of your snacks – improve nutrition without compromising the desirable taste and satisfying the crunch, that we want for a snack.
Adding pecans to your snacks can help increase protein and fiber, which are often missing from typical salty snacks. Each 1-ounce serving of pecans contains 3 grams of protein and fiber, which are essential in snacks to help you stay full longer. Pecans also offer 12 grams of “good” monounsaturated and only 2 grams of saturated. You will also get important minerals including zinc.
2. Savory Flavored Pecan Energy Bites
These bites are made with pecans, oatmeal, warm spices, and a touch of tahini – a good, sustainable fuel. You can see how versatile pecans are, and you can improve any snack break – whether you want something sweet or savory.
Instead of fries or pretzels, you can get more for your crunch with pecans. Another great thing about pecans: they are among the lowest in carbohydrates and high in fiber when compared to other nuts.
3. Pecan pie nut butter
If you’re in the mood for something creamy, this nut butter made from pureed pecans in a food processor is for you! It’s tasty and nutritious – ideal for apple slices or whole grain crackers.
Visit Americanpecan.com for more ideas on how to clean up your snacks and where to get these recipes too!
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