Corn Tortilla Corn Chips

Corn Tortilla Corn Chips PinThis Corn Tortilla Corn Chips recipe was inspired by Amelia’s Plant-Based Nutrition Certification program. Nearly all store-bought corn chips are highly processed and made with oil, and they’re not very healthy.

Organic, oil-free corn tortillas, on the other hand, have very few ingredients, are not highly processed, and contain no oil.

In addition to the health benefits, homemade corn tortilla corn chips are also a LOT cheaper! A package of Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value® Organic Corn Tortillas contains 12 tortillas and only costs between $1 and $2 depending on where you live.

That’s enough tortillas to make an entire bag of corn chips for less than a third of the cost of a pre-made bag of corn chips. And the only ingredients are Organic Whole Corn, Water and a Trace of Lime.

These corn chips are a bit thicker than most of the store bought brands, so they’re also more filling and don’t break off in your dip. Just be sure to cook them long enough or they’ll come out chewy instead of crispy, but don’t overcook them or they’ll burn.

Enjoy them with Grandpa’s Vegan Dipping Hot Sauce.

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Roasted Squash Seeds

Roasted Squash Seeds PinThis Roasted Squash Seeds recipe is a great use for your pumpkin, acorn, butternut and other squash seeds. We used to throw them out! Now we enjoy them as a healthy snack!

Pumpkin seeds are the best because the seeds are larger and there’s more of them in a regular sized pumpkin. However, you can roast seeds from any type of squash.

Most recipes call for oil, but you don’t need oil to roast these. Just stir in your favorite seasonings while the seeds are still damp and bake them on a Silpat or baking sheet until they’re crunchy.

This is a simple recipe using only garlic salt and chili powder. But we also like them with garlic powder instead of garlic salt, onion powder, turmeric and cayenne pepper. They would be great with chipotle seasoning if you have it.

Check out our Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast or Vegan Tacos with Acorn Squash and Black Beans for a couple delicious squash recipes.

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Healthy Cooked Apples

Healthy Cooked Apples PinThese Healthy Cooked Apples make a great dessert, side dish, snack, or topping for your Vegan Pancakes, Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes or Rolled Oats Breakfast. They’re sweet, decadent and delicious!

Amelia has been pestering me to eat more apples, but I’ve never been a fan of raw apples. The texture doesn’t appeal to me for some reason. But apples cooked up in a pie is a different story altogether. I love apple pie!

So I came up with an idea that makes eating apples my way healthy. That makes Amelia happy with me for eating more apples, and it makes me happy by preparing them in a way that tastes delicious! It’s a win-win!

These apples only have a couple of ingredients, no added sugar and no fat. It’s important to use Granny Smith apples to bring some tartness or they can be too sweet. Leave the peel for the extra fiber. It softens when cooked.

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Homemade Pita Chips

Homemade Pita Chips PinThese Homemade Pita Chips are a delicious, healthy and inexpensive alternative to highly processed, preservative heavy pita chips. We use organic and oil-free pita bread pockets to reduce the calories and fat even more. Look for a brand without preservatives, too.

During Amelia’s Plant-Based Nutrition Certification Program, we realized just how much oil and preservatives are in regular store-bought pita chips. That’s when we decided to start making our own so we could control the amount of oil, sodium and preservatives in one of our favorite snacks.

These are delicious with Beet Hummus or classic Vegan Hummus.

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Beet Hummus

Beet Hummus PinThis deliciously pink Beet Hummus is not only nutritionally dense, it tastes amazing! You won’t be able to stop eating it!

Amelia and I took a plant based cooking class offered by a very talented local chef, Kelley Williamson. She’s known as the Plant Based Kitchenista and her version of this tasty Beet Hummus was there for us to eat as we cooked.

This recipe is Amelia’s version of Kelley’s recipe with a few changes. Amelia wanted to make more, so she doubled the ingredients for everything except the garbanzo beans. That made the hummus a little more moist like the texture of traditional hummus making it easier to dip our crackers and pita chips in it.

We absolutely love this Beet Hummus recipe. The beets give it a little bit of sweetness while the lemon and tahini give it some zest. You might also want to make your own Homemade Pita Chips to go with this delicious hummus.

If you like this recipe, you might also enjoy our classic Vegan Hummus or our Lentil Hummus with Roasted Garlic.

Beet Hummus Cooking Video

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Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Peanut Butter Protein BallsThese Peanut Butter Protein Balls are a simple and delicious snack that also satisfies your chocolate cravings. Just remember that each ball has 114 calories so don’t go crazy and eat them all in one sitting if your goal is weight loss.

Amelia and I like to keep a sealed container of these in the refrigerator so we have healthy chocolate snacks available when our chocolate cravings hit. As a kid, Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups were my favorite candy and these protein balls have a similar chocolaty-peanut butter taste in a vegan, protein rich package.

You can substitute the peanut butter with cashew butter, almond butter or your favorite nut butter if you prefer something else.

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Easy Fruit Salad

Easy Fruit SaladThis easy fruit salad takes only minutes to prepare but it’ll satisfy your sweet tooth every time. It’s full of color, nutrients and antioxidants.

This recipe uses strawberries, blueberries and kiwi (my favorites), but you can use any type of fruit you prefer. Just make sure you eat lots of berries because they’re loaded with healthy antioxidants.

You can also buy a bag of frozen berries or fruit to save money, and it’ll keep longer, too. With frozen fruit, just pour a cup in your bowl and let it sit for about 20 minutes at room temperature before eating so you avoid the brain freeze.

Mixed fruit makes a great, healthy snack. You can also top it with a dollop of plain yogurt and you’ve got a yummy dessert.

Here’s a video explaining the fastest way to peel a kiwi:

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Snack Nuts

Snack NutsNuts make a great snack as long as you limit them to 1 ounce. They’re full of protein, healthy fats and they’re very tasty. Get the unsalted kind if you’re concerned about sodium. If you’re trying to lose weight, you might want to skip the snack nuts until you’ve reached your weight goals.

There isn’t a consensus on nuts contributing to weight gain, but they’re calorie dense making it easy to eat a lot of calories without eating a lot of nuts. You could eat a whole meals’ worth of calories in just a couple handfuls. Here’s a good review on the debate about nuts and weight loss/gain: “Can’t Lose Weight? It Could Be the Nuts.”

Nutritional info is based on roasted unsalted cashews (my favorite!), but walnuts, pistachios, pecans or mixed nuts are great!

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Date Energy Balls

Date Energy BallsThese Date Energy Balls are a tasty pre-workout energy snack with both protein and healthy carbs to fuel your exercise routine. And they only take a few minutes to make with your food processor.

We used dried blueberries that we had on hand from Sam’s Club, but you can use your favorite type of dried fruit. Just make sure it’s dried, not fresh. The pitted dates provide all the moisture this recipe needs and the dried fruit provides the stickiness that binds it together.

These Date Energy Balls pack 153 calories per ball, so don’t sit on the sofa and pop them in your mouth like candy. They’re meant as a pre-workout snack. Eat them about 20 minutes before your workout to get the maximum energy boost.

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Kale Chips: Salt & Vinegar

Kale ChipsThese Kale Chips are a delicious and healthy alternative to potato chips. With a little oil and your choice of seasonings, you can turn kale into a salty, crispy snack.

Kale chips are far more healthy than potato chips. Each serving of these chips has 2 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 349% RDV Vitamin A and 227% Vitamin C. You won’t find anywhere near that level of nutrition in potato chips.

Roasting the kale zaps the moisture out of it, reducing its size a lot. This recipe uses one head of kale, but that doesn’t make very much and the chips won’t last long so you might want to double the recipe.

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