It is the season of bikinis and sun dresses, a time where many of us are reflecting on our diets and wondering how to make some last minute changes. You know, so we can fit into that summer apparel we promised ourselves we'd finally wear this year. So, who doesn't love a healthy alternative to your favorite snacks? Better yet, who doesn't love a snack hack that not only saves you time, but also saves your bank account and is GOOD for you?! Nobody! Nobody can deny that gift!
We have found fifteen amazing snack hacks that you NEED to know! Especially if you are looking to be more healthy and save some cash in the process! Thank us later and check 'em out!
15 Cookie Monster
Many people have no idea that you can substitute avocado for butter, but you can! Avocados are full of vitamins, including omega-3 and vitamin E, which makes using avocados a healthy and vegan alternative to using butter.
It also has fewer calories—around three-hundred less than butter! You will want to use the same amount of avocado when substituting it for butter in most recipes, and mash it until it's very soft. It needs to resemble a purée substance when finished. But when your cookies (or other baked goods) are done, you really won't be able to tell the difference. It really does taste just as good! And by doing this simple snack hack, you are reducing the fat by almost 40%. Now, let's make some cookies!
14 Strawberry fields forever
Like many, I feel like I can't control my craving and struggle with finding a sweet and healthy alternative to candy. And when I want something sweet, it's almost to much too handle. That is why this snack hack is absolutely genius! By taking your strawberries and drying them in the oven, you are creating a healthy candy alternative. The great part is, when they come out, they still taste amazing, but are crazy healthy and 100% natural!
Just turn your oven on to 210 degrees, and let the strawberries dry for about three hours. You will need to flip them every 45 minutes or so. Then, voilà! Homemade candy, yum! You can also check out this amazing video tutorial to learn more!
13 Frosty time
I don't know anyone who doesn't enjoy a Wendy's Frosty from the drive-thru on a hot summer day. No one can deny that craving—no one! Which is exactly why I am in mad love over this snack hack. For any of you who want to know how to make this from home, and are looking for a healthier alternative, you need to try this!
To make your own Wendy's Frosty from home, you will need almond milk, vanilla, cocoa power, a banana, and ice cubes. Luckily, you can find organic and non-GMO versions of all these ingredients at your local grocery store. Mix them together in the blender and BAM! Frosty city! You can also follow this simple how-to online, that will also tell you which alternatives you can use for these ingredients. Enjoy!
12 You're driving me bananas
We all know that bananas are full of potassium and are very healthy for you. But many people don't know that you can substitute bananas for eggs in many baked good recipes. Bananas, when ripe and mashed, are great to use as a vegan substitute for eggs because of their moisture and texture. It's actually very similar to the inside of the egg. Crazy, right?!
You should use caution, though, when using this alternative, bananas have a high sugar content, so you will want to use them for sweet recipes like cookies, cake, or other baked goods only. For all recipes, you will use 1/2 of a mashed banana for every egg needed. Another plus to using bananas is that when they're cooked in high heat, the sugars are known to caramelize. So, your baked goods will have crunchy edges, which is always delicious!
11 Calorie burner
Unfortunately for me, I am allergic to peanut butter and unable to try this snack hack, but I have heard from many friends that this snack hack actually works! In fact, many body builders use this exact method to drop more weight. Apparently, all you need to do is eat a spoonful of peanut butter before bed to help you burn more calories. Peanut butter is less likely to be stored as body fat and helps control your hunger. So, no late night cravings for you!
We recommend using an organic peanut butter as many other alternatives lack the actual healthy ingredients found in true peanut butter. And it doesn't include many other chemicals and substances that could interfere with your metabolism. Also, peanut butter is rich in fats, can prevent heart disease, and increases digestion. Pretty awesome, if you ask us!
10 Stale no more
I have a deep love and obsession for chips and salsa. I could seriously eat them all. All of them, everywhere! Every last bite. Problem is, as many of you know, if you don't finish the chips, they can become stale and lose flavor and texture. But, I bet you didn't know that you can toss them into the oven, did you?!
Yep, just throw your stale chips on a pan and pop them into the oven for about ten minutes. Then enjoy your chips, warm, and tasting brand new again. Seriously, this may be one of the coolest snack hacks ever. It will save me a ton of money this summer. Just remember to keep the oven at 375, you don't want them to burn, do you?!
9 Frozen treat
We all know that it is HOT outside. The sun is causing many of us to find refuge in the water, in front of air conditioners, or by devouring cold treats. Well, if you are more inclined to follow the latter, than we have an awesome snack hack for ya! Instead of devouring sugar-infused popsicles, try this banana pop! Banana pops are easy to make and don't require much prep time. Just stick a popsicle stick through your banana, no further than halfway. Then you will want to melt chocolate chips, rolling the banana over that, then sprinkling with nuts before the chocolate starts to harden. From there, wrap them and set them in the freezer. After a few hours you can eat and enjoy!
8 We heart pizza
I don't know about any of you, but I live for pizza. I really could eat it all day, every day, until the end of time. I'm serious. So, whenever I am on a diet, or trying to eat a bit more healthily, pizza is one of the first things to go. Well, until now! This snack hack allows you to eat your favorite dish, but do so in a smaller portion.
That way, you don't over do it. By using a muffin tin, you can create miniature pizzas using pizza dough and whatever toppings you want. It's all about portion control, right?! Check out this amazing recipe, and get started on your new favorite dish. Also, this recipe is perfect for events or get-togethers.
7 Cereal bars
I won't lie to you, I am not a morning person. I tend to get up about ten minutes before I need to leave the house, and I don't eat breakfast. By 11 a.m., I am usually starving and ready for lunch. So, for those of you that live your mornings on the go, check out this amazing snack hack that lets you take your breakfast with you! By using your favorite cereal and mini marshmallows, you can create your own cereal bars. Thus saving you time, money, and helping you create a healthier alternative.
We recommend using organic granola cereal and organic marshmallows. Unfortunately, there are no real healthy alternatives to marshmallows, but let that be your sweet treat for this DIY food project. You can also learn other cereal alternatives by clicking here.
6 French fry no more
Yes, I know. Fries are absolutely addictive, delicious, and amazing. I know you don't want to give them up. It's hard, I know, but I did it a year ago. That's right, I have not had a french fry in a year. A YEAR! You know how long that is?! A long time! But, this amazing snack hack is not only healthier but I swear, it's even better than a batch of french fries. Just take one whole potato and make a serious of cuts, almost all the way through. Then you want to take your olive oil and sprinkle it over the top of the potato. Then, add butter, sea salt, and any other seasonings that you want. From there, you want to bake it for forty minutes or until golden brown. YUM!
5 Nutella dreams
Calling all Nutella lovers! If you are obsessed with this product and can't stop eating it, like everyone in the world, then let me tell you how to take your obsession to the next level! These Nutella cookies are not only super easy to make, but they are delicious! Ok, they're beyond delicious. They're heavenly! And the best part about this recipe is that you can make these healthy and vegan-friendly. Instead of using an egg, go ahead and substitute half of a mashed banana. You can also use organic, non-bleached flour. Then bake for only six to eight minutes, at 350 degrees, and voilà, cookie heaven! And if you're looking for other sweet recipes using Nutella, then check these recipes out.
4 Yogurt and strawberries
If you're looking for another delicious, healthy, and tasty frozen treat, then look no further. These frozen yogurt and strawberry treats are so easy to make that they make the term snack hack seem almost laughable! To begin, all you need to do is take your strawberries and cut them in half. From there, you will dip them into your favorite yogurt. Feel free to use organic yogurt to make it even more healthy. Once you dip the strawberries, you will then place them on a pan to freeze for a few hours. Seriously, that's it.
For the kids, take this hack up a notch by using chocolate sprinkles, colored yogurt, or even granola on top of the yogurt, to give it some added texture. You really can't go wrong with this snack hack. Seriously, try it; it's too easy not to!
We all know that for kids, summer is a time of zero schoolwork, lots of water fun, and endless popsicles and frozen treats. So, if you're looking for a fun alternative to popsicles, you are going to love this snack hack!
Before you begin, you will need a popsicle mold. Don't have one? Don't worry, you can find these at many local stores or even online. From there, you need to purchase a two-liter of Sprite or 7UP and gummy bears. We recommend using organic cream soda instead of these other sodas. Organic cream soda uses real sugar and gives the treat a creamy and more addicting taste. Add these together in the mold and freeze! That's it. Super easy to make and easy to customize.
2 Coffee addicts
Are you one of those people who end up dumping their pot of coffee in the morning?! You know, feeling guilty for wasting perfectly good coffee by disposing it down the drain?! Well if so, you have to check out this amazing snack hack!
Take whatever coffee you have left in the morning and pour it into an ice cube tray and then place it in the freezer. Once frozen, you can either use the ice cubes to cool down your morning coffee or create a unique, summer coffee drink. How?! Easy! Take half of a cup of almond milk, or your favorite milk, and place some coffee cubes inside. Once the cubes start to melt in the milk, you'll find yourself with a tasty coffee drink. Now, how's that for iced coffee?
1 Sweet tooth
If you're looking for a healthy alternative to dessert, something that will quench your sweet tooth without packing on the pounds, then you have to check this out! This hack is a wonderful alternative to dessert, or even a wonderful addition to your breakfast cereal.
To get started, all that you need is a banana, some cinnamon, and some honey. Seriously, that's it! First, you want to take your banana and chop it up into smaller pieces. Then, you will take your cinnamon and sprinkle it on top. Lastly, drizzle some honey on top as well. That's it! You can also use this hack and add it into your granola cereal at breakfast to give it some added flavor and texture. Now, enjoy dessert or breakfast, whichever you prefer!