3 healthy snack trends for life on the go

Most food trends come and go, but these three healthy snacks have been around for a while now. I tried Pinterest’s most popular healthy snack recipes:

1. Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

Kale chips are the leaders of popular snack trends. There are so many recipes that offer all different kinds of flavours but I went with salt and vinegar, a classic!

I found this great recipe on Gimme Some Oven.

What you need:

  • 1 bunch of your favourite type of kale
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

First, preheat your oven to 350° F. Next, wash your kale and remove the ribs. After that, chop it into chip-sized pieces. Then in a bowl, massage olive oil and vinegar onto the kale. Lay the pieces out on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10 minutes or until crispy. *Make sure you keep an eye on them because they burn fast!

These are great for an easy snack but don’t store very easily. I recommend eating them within the same day of making them or storing them somewhere they won’t retain moisture. I made the mistake of bringing them to work two days later and wound up with wilted kale instead of crispy chips! All-in-all, very delicious and a healthy alternative to regular chips.

2. Garlic Roasted Chickpeas

One thing I don’t like about kale chips is that they don’t leave you feeling very full. Chickpeas are a great source of fiber and protein so they’re a more substantial snack in terms of hunger. There are also various recipes and flavour creations for roasted chickpeas, but I’m a huge garlic fan so my choice was obvious.

This recipe is modified from TGIF.

What you need:

  • 1-2 can(s) of chickpeas (depending on how many you want)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt

First, wash and strain your chickpeas and remove any loose skins. Preheat your oven to 400° F. Lay the chickpeas out on a towel and let dry for 20-30 minutes. Once mostly dry, place on a cookie sheet and bake for 45-60 minutes, or until crunchy. Next, remove from oven and mix with other ingredients in a bowl.  Transfer them to your storage container and enjoy!

These are definitely my favourite snack trend. They’re tasty and are great to take with you anywhere. You might want to make sure you have some gum on-hand for when you’re done though, very garlicky!

3. Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Last but not least, these easy no-bake bites are perfect to tide you over in between meals. They take very little time to make, which I love.

I’ve modified this recipe from Chef Savvy.

What you  need:

  • 1 cup of oats
  • ⅔ cup of peanut butter (crunchy or smooth, both work)
  • ½ cup of milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup of ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

Ready for the easiest instructions yet? Combine all ingredients in a bowl and roll into small balls. Refrigerate until ready to eat. Voila!

If you’re rolling the bites with your hands, I recommend putting some kind of cooking oil on your hands first. It can get pretty sticky!

These bites are super convenient and the ease of preparation definitely helps for life on the go.

New year, new me? – 3 tips for sticking to your New Year’s resolution

new-year-new-me

By now I’m sure we’ve all heard the phrase “new year, new me”. In fact, during the past few years it’s become quite the cliche as the punchline to various online memes. However there are some people out there who genuinely want to apply this phrase to their coming years.

One thing always comes to mind when this is brought up – what was so wrong with the “old you” that you find the need to completely revamp yourself as a new person? New Year’s resolutions can be great excuses to start fresh lifestyle choices, but I don’t think they should be centred around being a new person. We should strive to improve our current selves, past mistakes and all.

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Savouring summer memories

Last May I purchased something I’ve wanted for a while, a GoPro. I’ve always been interesting in video editing, and even used to edit my own with Sony Vegas back in high school. Since getting a Mac back in 2011, I haven’t been as interested in editing. I loved Sony Vegas and didn’t want to relearn a different software… but I finally caved and downloaded Final Cut Pro this past week.

After playing around with it for about a day, I learned some of the basic features needed to edit my GoPro footage.

I love watching edited videos with good music and cool cut scenes. Some of my favourite travel bloggers post really awesome edits. While my footage was more of a summer staycation than a vacation video, I decided to give it a try anyway.

Considering I just learned the basics of Final Cut, I’m pretty happy with the result. Check it out below! I’m sure there will be more to come after this now that I’ve gotten more of a handle on it.

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