Hummus is a healthy snack that pairs with carrots, sugar snap peas, cucumbers and wheat crackers. To make hummus, add 5 tablespoons water, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 cup tahini and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a food processor or small blender. Add 2 15-ounce cans drained, rinsed chickpeas, as well a crushed garlic glove and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Blend until smooth. Stir in chopped parsley and toasted pine nuts if desired. Serve alongside fresh veggies.
Alternatively, for a quick energy snack, scoop 1/2 cup of low-fat cottage cheese into a bowl with seasonal fruits. Raspberries, blueberries and blackberries give the cottage cheese extra vitamins that are beneficial to the immune system. Add a light drizzle of organic honey for sweetness if desired and 1/4 cup granola for crunch.
For a healthy snack on the go, make trail mix by tossing 7 ounces of dried cherries, cranberries, bananas and mangoes into a small, airtight glass container. Add to the fruit mixture 5 ounces of nuts, such as almonds, peanuts, cashews or a combination of mixed nuts. Add in 3 1/2 ounces of natural granola with a handful of semisweet chocolate chips or M&Ms to satisfy a sweet tooth.