Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Snacks On The Go

My top two favorite snacks are almonds and blueberries.  Recently, I toasted my raw, unsalted almonds from Costco, by, coating them with a little olive oil, a big sprinkle of garlic powder, and a little smoked paprika.  Experiment with what flavors you like.

I toasted them in the oven for about 20 min at 325 degrees.

 I bought my smoked paprika a couple of years ago.  I only seem to use it on my almonds.  It is a strong smoke flavor.  About three years ago, I use to watch "Rachel Ray 30 Minuet Meals."  She seem to use it in many of her meat dishes.  It  hasn't made  a transition into any other thing for me.  If you use it, please leave a comment and let me know.

The blueberry are most commonly used in smoothies at our house.  Everyone loves a smoothie.

 I have been using coconut milk, which gives it a nice smooth flavor. Coconut milk is one of my newest discoveries at the grocery store. I use it on everything that I normal would put milk. Oatmeal,coffee, and smoothies are my most common use of milk.  This particular smoothie had,
1.  apple
2.  blueberries
3.  half a banana
4.  splash of coconut milk.  
It was so good, I almost forgot to take a picture of it.

Almonds and blueberries are on my personal list of power foods.  They are easy to take with me on the go and I feel better when I eat them, helping me to to stay full.  I eat snacks everyday. I have had to change my thinking from snacks meaning,  a serving of cheese and crackers, to something with high nutrition value.  A snack must help me stay focused until the next meal.
Eat well, live well, and try a nutritional snack


  1. Try using your smoked paprika in stews, chili or long cooking meats like roasts.

    Coconut milk is amazing! I made a red curry sauce that I'm marinating a chicken in right now. Only bad thing about it is that it is about 450 calories per cup compared with a cup of 2% milk at 122 calories per cup. Wowza! I have to really use it sparingly but I do love it!

    1. Have you heard about the big nutritional kick that soaking almonds has? - An article about the bennies. Just thought I'd share.

  2. Thanks! I soaked almonds this week. I didn't know all the benefits though. I am currently following some smoothie recipes for my three week cleanse. I used soaked almonds, coconut milk and a banana.