I have been asked a lot of questions about how to maintain the No White Flour Challenge over the past week and perhaps the most frequently asked question is, “What do I do about snacking?” I know, I know, plain ol’ fruit and veggies can get boring, but you can “spice it up,” literally! This entry will give you some ideas of how to do that.
A lot of times, the white-flour food you crave can be combated if you choose a non-white-flour food with a similar texture, so I will categorize some snack choices based on texture.
These crunchy snacks are way healthier than the crackers or chips that you tend to fill up on when craving a snack. Yes, I do have some fruit and veggies on this list, but they are oh-so-flavorful with the condiments or spices that I add.
– Carrot sticks, snap peas, green beans, celery, bell peppers with hummus
– Popcorn…pop it yourself…lightly salt it, and guess what? It’s a whole grain!
– Kale chips…preheat oven to 350…grab a bunch of kale, de-stem it, chop the leaves, brush olive oil on the leaves and place in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder and ¼ teaspoon of sea salt on them and bake for 12-15 minutes. Way better than chips
– Roasted chickpeas—so crunchy and fun. Check out the recipe on my website
– Organic corn tortilla chips with salsa. No white flour here, but with corn, you want to make sure it’s organic, otherwise it’s likely that it is genetically engineered!
What about cake…or cookies…or BROWNIES?
There are actually some whole grain flours you can use…or even non-grain flour like almond flour to make cake-like treats. Try quinoa flour, brown rice flour, almond flour, or buckwheat flour. Even whole wheat flour is an acceptable flour to make with.
Did you know that you can also make sweet treats with beans?! I kid you not. Check out the brownie recipe made with black beans that I posted on my website.
Even Harvard University School of Public Health is a proponent of making sweet treats with beans. Check out the delicious lemon-chickpea breakfast muffins! Yummier than cake!
If you are a cookie lover, you will love this “healthier” chocolate chip recipe using coconut oil and whole wheat flour.
Try these snacks anytime you are craving a white flour “delight.” If you don’t have time to bake, there are some whole grain treats you can buy at the store. There are some sweet Kind Bar flavors that combat my cookie cravings—try the Dark Chocolate Nuts + Sea Salt flavor!
Feel free to add your healthy snack ideas in my comment section below and keep rocking my NO White Flour Challenge!