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Low Calorie Snacks

Get five filling, functional, healthy snacks that are low calorie too!

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Healthy Herbal Popcorn (makes 3 ½ quarts, popped)

Popcorn contains antioxidants called polyphenols, which, like other whole grains, work to protect the heart and reduce the risk of some cancers. The great thing is that popcorn comes to us in its unprocessed form, with the shell still intact and all the healthy nutrients locked inside. Popcorn is also a low-fat snack, with only about 30 calories per cup of popped corn. The coconut oil in this recipe will add about 120 calories per tablespoon, but it is a functional fat that is used to aid in digestion and lubrication, and may help to reduce weight gain! The herbs we're using here have long been used as natural detoxifiers, and contain a wide range of vitamins and disease-fighting phytochemicals that have potent anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. And the brewer's yeast is a powerhouse nutritional supplement that is a complete protein with all 18 amino acids. Remember to look for non-genetically modified, organic varieties of your ingredients whenever possible.

  • 3 ounces popcorn kernels, approx ½ cup  -- pop without oil in air-popper
  • 4 tbsp virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp mixed dried herbs: dill, parsley, thyme and oregano
  • *cayenne optional for a spicy variation
  • garlic salt or sea salt to taste

Pop popcorn and sprinkle herb mixture over top. Drizzle melted coconut oil overtop and toss with hands to coat popcorn. Sprinkle with garlic salt or sea salt to taste.

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Spicy Fruit Popsicles (makes 8-10 popsicles)

We’re getting a great source of protein in the Greek yogurt, and the coconut milk contains all the great nutrients of coconut meat, so it has antimicrobial and antiviral properties, is a functional saturated fat, and may help to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels, as can be seen in cultures where coconuts are a mainstay of the local diet. And cayenne is a great way to boost your metabolism since the capsaicin in cayenne raises the body’s heat index, revving up the metabolism as it works to cool your body down. Mango is a great source of Vitamin A, which helps maintain proper eyesight, and honey is a great all-natural sweetener with anti-viral properties.

  • 3 (8-oz) containers plain Greek/strained yogurt
  • 1 8-oz can coconut milk
  • 1 (12-oz) bag frozen mango chunks
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tsp cayenne

In a blender, combine the yogurt, mango and honey until smooth. Add cayenne and blend. Pour mixture into Popsicle molds, cap and refrigerate overnight or until solid.

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