We’ve previously shared some recipes for amazingly decadent, yet healthy desserts using avocado. Personally, I use avocado in all of my chocolate protein shakes, and it makes a regular appearance in a lot of my foods. I probably eat one avocado a day, which is actually wonderful for your joints and for fighting inflammation.
Those recipes are awesome for naturally satiating a sweet tooth, but what if sweets aren’t what ails you? What if-like me-you’d rather munch on chips, cheese and crackers, or other salty and crunchy snacks?
Well, you’re in luck! Today we’ve got three delicious savory snack recipes that are not only nutritious, but won’t deter you from your fat loss and physique goals either.
Almond-Coconut Veggie Dip
This is one of my all-time favorite accidental recipes. Really, all you need to do is add the following ingredients to a food processor (or a Vitamix, which I am obsessed with) and blend away until smooth.
You can add whatever you’d like for flavor-think of this as a sort of hummus that you can add different ingredients to-and I highly recommend storing in the fridge for at least an hour before serving:
- 1/2 cup full fat organic coconut milk from the can
- 1/2 cup raw almond butter
- 3-5 sprigs fresh cilantro
- juice of 1 lime
- tsp garlic powder or 1-3 fresh garlic cloves
- about a tsp fresh ginger, grated
- salt and pepper to taste
- crushed red pepper flakes (optional, more or less depending on preference)
My favorite way to serve this is with raw veggies. It really satiates my desire to snack, and gets me eating far more veggies than I normally would. Some of my favorite veggies for this dip are:
- sugar snap peas
- red, yellow, and orange peppers
Avocado Deviled Eggs
See?! I told you. Avocados again.
Deviled eggs have always been one of my favorite snacks, and my mom always makes sure to prepare them for holidays or whenever I visit home. The problem is, I find mayonnaise to be utterly disgusting. And the older I get, it seems the less tolerance I have for the gooey, pungent, lard-like condiment. Yuck.
These avocado deviled eggs really do the trick. Not only are they better than regular deviled eggs, but loaded with protein and healthy fats as well. All you need are a few hard boiled eggs, an avocado, and some spices and you are good to go! Again, I recommend refrigerating for at least an hour before serving.
- 6 boiled eggs, sliced lengthwise, yolks removed and set aside
- 1 large or 2 small ripe avocados
- salt and pepper to taste
- Optional-bacon, cooked and chopped
All that’s left to do is puree the avocado and yolks in a processor or Vitamix until smooth, adding salt and pepper to taste.
You can add a teensy bit of water at a time if you need to change the texture, and once the mixture is done, scoop into the eggs, sprinkle with paprika and bacon and refrigerate. I love 2-3 halves of these as an after dinner snack!
Grown-Up Ants On a Log
And now, we come to basically my favorite snack ever. I make this at least once a week when I am craving something salty/sweet that won’t derail my nutrition. You can do this as “ants on a log” by loading the almond butter mixture into the celery and topping with raisins, or other dried fruit. Or, you can keep it in the bowl and use celery to scoop it out. Either way is just heaven.
- 1 heaping tablespoon raw almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
- 1 scoop organic vanilla protein powder
- coconut milk or water as needed
- celery stalks
- optional-raisins/dried cranberries/chopped dried figs
Combine the first three ingredients in a bowl, and start drizzling in the coconut milk (or water) while you mix, until you get a creamy, somewhat thick consistency. Scoop into celery stalks and top with fruit, or use the celery sticks to dip into the mixture.