Ever just need some inspiration for new snacks and sides? Me too! I am so making every single one of these this week! Yummers!
by Aubrey Rissler | Staff Writer for The Snap Mom
Since striving to eat healthier, my husband and I have had to dig deep to find sides that are filling, yet healthy. Here are 5 unbeatable sides that you can use for snacks or to fill your dinner plate.
Never say never. When I was a kid, and my mom told me I would have to eat brussels sprouts, I vowed to never eat one again. Well, here I am in love with brussels sprouts! Roasted vegetables are simple and tasty. I love mixing it up, but the staples are broccoli, brussels sprouts, onions, cauliflower and garlic. Set the Oven to 400. Cut your veggies of choice. Cover baking sheet with tin foil. Layer vegetables and add a bit of olive oil (no need to coat just drizzle, or use butter or coconut oil) and salt. Bake for 30 minutes and enjoy!
Cottage Cheese is another thing that I have tried and quickly snubbed my nose at in life. Alas, this is my new favorite go-to snack. My favorite is a delightful mix of four spoonfuls of cottage cheese and six spoonfuls of watermelon. On top, I sprinkle sliced almonds for even more protein. The crunch, the cream, the sweetness…perfecto.
I know, I know, but a salad is NOT just a salad. You can do so many things with salad! Your guide to making a delicious salad: lots of color. MIx up your greens, and find a dressing that you can’t live without (cream-based ones can have lots of unhealthy ingredients) . One favorite mix: romaine lettuce, tomato, garlic, sweet onion, green olives, cucumber, avocado. Second favorite: Arugula, pine nuts, dried cranberry, living sprouts. Homemade Dressing: basil, salt, pepper, oil + balsamic or Rice Wine Vinegar
A good quality brie can offer a wonderful creaminess that you never knew cheese possessed. Try a toasted (sweeter) cracker, and top it with a small slice of brie. Then, add some quince paste atop the brie. Quince paste is sort of like a gummy jelly that sweetens the whole snack.
Don’t just soak the beans, or throw the can on the stove. You’ve got to doctor that baby up! Add garlic salt, or raw garlic, a few bay leaves, pepper and let it simmer for a long time. The longer the simmer the better the flavor. These make a savory, protein-packed addition to a salad, or a stand-alone side item.