If you look outside your Southern Oaks Apartment home, chances are the trees are in full bloom and people are outside enjoying the warmer weather.  It’s time to get out and shed some of the winter weight we inevitably put on.  And, though we love snacking, it is not the most healthy of habits unless you indulge in healthy alternatives.  Whether you have a sweet tooth or you’re craving savory snacks, these three snacks will curb your cravings without curbing your health.  And the good news it you don’t even need a kitchen to make them.

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Apples sliced, centers removed

  • Organic peanut butter or almond butter, no added sugar
  • Crushed walnuts
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Dates (cube then up or slice and dice them)
  • Honey (optional)

Cut apples into thin slices.  Spread peanut butter or almond butter on top and them top with all other ingredients.

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  • 6 Dates or Medjool dates
  • 1 scoop (25g) vegan protein powder or regular protein powder
  • 4 tablespoons organic no added sugar crunchy or natural peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons Chia Seeds (ground)

Remove pits from the dates and then pulse all ingredients in a food processor (you can also do this by hand) until everything is mostly smooth.  If you’re doing it by hand, mince the dates prior to adding to the rest of the ingredients.

Take a tablespoon of the mixture and put in your palm, then roll into a ball form.  Repeat until you use all your mixture, then store in the fridge to keep them intact and fresh.

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  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans,  rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt and a few dashes of pepper
  • Garlic powder to taste or 2 fresh garlic cloves
  • minced jalapeños, remove seeds for less spice

Mix it all up in a food processor or by hand.  If you do it by hand make sue to mash up the beans first; this helps make the process easier

Serve with carrots or flaxseed crackers.

Stay healthy this year by trying these snacks and making snacking a healthy habit!

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