The Bite-Size Week: Healthy snacks

After yesterday’s Funky Monkey twitter chat, I’ve got snacks on the brain. Truth be told, snacks are always on my mind. I’m a pretty consistent two-snacks-a-day eater, bridging the time between major meals with simple things like a piece of fruit or a granola bar.

But lately I’ve been in a snack rut, eating banana after banana, and I’ve also been downing carbs like they’re going extinct in preparation for that little running thing I’m doing in a few days. Snacks are supposed to be a little something different in our day, so this week’s challenge was to add some variety to the mini-meal roster. That, and get a bit of protein in here once in a while.

I remembered an appetizer recipe I threw together for a recipe contest last year, and not yet shared on Eating The Week – dried fruit and yogurt over crisp crackers. Sure, they were meant to be appetizers, but the bite-size packets of warm fruit and protein-packed strained yogurt can easily double as snack food.

Teh Internets also yielded several good ideas to tide us over between meals. See if any of these help snap out of the snack rut:

  • Apricot blue-cheese and pistachio canapes from Eating Well (here)
  • Pineapple, papaya and sunflower seed granola from Whole Living (here)
  • Date and puffed rice balls from Choosing Raw (here) - Portia brought these tasty little things over to my house this weekend, and they were a great post-long-run snack
  • Cottage-cheese stuffed avocado from FitSugar (here)
  • Asian-inspired snack mix with nori from Food & Wine (here)
  • Greek salad stuffed tomatoes from Starter Knife (here)
  • Dried fruit and yogurt bites (recipe follows below)

Dried fruit and yogurt bites

I originally wrote this recipe to use Peeled Snacks’ GoFigure mix, but you can certainly use any similar mix of dried fruit.

8 servings

1.5 cups mixed dried fruit (figs, dates, apricots, or others)
½ cup water
½-2/3 cup plain strained (Greek-style) yogurt
Honey, to taste
3-4 crisp wafer-style whole-grain crackers (like Ryvita or Wasa)

Chop dried fruit into small pieces. In a small pan, combine fruit and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Remove pan from heat and allow to cool slightly (1-2 minutes). Strain the mixture to remove the liquid.

Break or cut the crackers into 8 pieces. Spoon a dollop of yogurt (approx. 1 Tbs) onto each cracker piece. Top with a spoonful of the warm fruit pieces, drizzle with a bit of honey, and serve.

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