Lactation cookie recipes are delicious and great for a treat. However, as a regular snack, these guys have just way too much sugar for me! Try my alternative recipe – there is no added sugar and has almost the same ingredients. And there’s no baking… OK, so they’re not cookies either – they’re what I call “deconstructed” lactation cookies. And it’s sweet enough it still feels like a treat!
They’re so easy to make and perfect for nursing moms who don’t have time to bake.
1 cup raw natural oats
Handful of raisins
Dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt
2 Tbsp ground flax
1 cup of milk (dairy, nondairy or even breastmilk will work)
1. Put all of the ingredients except for the milk into a cereal bowl.
2. Add the milk and stir.
3. Let it soak for a minimum of 5 minutes, less if you like raw oats and more if you like soft oats. The one below soaked for about 10 minutes.
High protein snacks don’t have to be a bar or shake – a simple dish can do the trick! This is about 1/2 cup of hummus (6 grams of protein) and 1 egg (17 grams of protein) for a total of 23 grams of protein. Use the cucumber to scoop up the hummus or make mini sandwiches. If you’re a grain eater, place the ingredients between two slices of bread and there you go! Perfect for breakfast, a mid-morning boost or after the gym. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
A popular summer snack recipe in Israel is watermelon with Bulgarian cheese. It’s sweet, it’s salty and best yet it requires little preparation. Simply cut up a watermelon and sprinkle chunks of Bulgarian (Bulgarit) cheese on it and that’s it! Curious to know more about Bulgarian cheese? Read on . . .
High protein snacks or high protein breakfasts are an important element of dieting for anyone from bodybuilders, diabetics or expectant moms. Protein doesn’t have to be boring – or come from meat! Try this tasty, simple and high protein snack – if you use 1 cup of cottage cheese, you’ll get 28 grams of protein!
Apples are healthy, cashews are healthy, but sexy . . . not so much. Simply arranging your apples in a colorful circle around cashews can make them much more appealing! Choose different varieties of apples for the best colors and go organic so you can leave the skin on. Go with lightly salted cashews and satisfy the sweet & salty without turning to nutrient-void snacks!
It’s not often that we need more calories, but lots of people do for lots of reasons. Whether you’re preparing a snack for a kid who needs to gain weight, trying to keep up with calorie requirements for pregnant or breast feeding women or trying to recover from an intense work out, healthy high calorie snacks help! You can re-make this snack with fewer calories by replacing the dried blueberries with fresh and reducing the amount of peanut butter.
Need some protein? Skip the expensive bars and processed smoothies. Blueberry banana flavored snack, no thanks. Here's an all-year favorite for when you need some extra calories. It's now low in calories, but it's tasty, minimally processed and can restore your energy quickly.
Greek yogurt is huge all over the world, but its Levant cousin, labaneh, can be much tastier and has a much more sophisticated texture and flavor. What Americans and Westerners eat as Greek yogurt, isn’t really what the Greeks eat. When in Greece, a yogurt is generally thick, fatty and usually comes from sheep’s milk. It’s sour, it’s complex and it’s good. While Greeks do eat yogurt for breakfast with sweets like honey & walnuts, in the Levant it’s not eaten with sweets. Here is a simple appetizer with the complex flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean. Do not use Greek yogurt in this recipe! Commercially produced Greek yogurt is too mild, not fatty enough and has a gel-like texture, not a creamy texture.
Labaneh Greek-Levantine Appetizer
Labaneh (Here is a great labaneh recipe, 2 ingredients: yogurt & salt!)
Mixed Nuts (mostly pine nuts & walnuts, some pumpkin & sesame seeds)
Start dry toasting your nuts on parchment paper. While you are going this, spread labaneh onto the middle of a plate. Slice and arrange the cucumbers – peeling is optional. When the nuts are starting to smell toasty, take them out and sprinkle them on the labaneh and arrange the walnuts as in the photo above. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sumac & zatar and then decorate with Kalamata olives.
Kalamata Olives TIP: Kalamata Olives are extremely tasty, but also more difficult to take the pit out. Save yourself the trouble and preserve more olive by eating them directly off the pit.
Forget frozen chicken wing appetizers – you can do your own just as easy and much cheaper. Using just a few ingredients and frozen chicken wings, you can have a fun, visually appealing main dish, snack or appetizer to make on the fly. No defrosting required and unlike store bought appetizers, no artificial colors, flavors OR preservatives. Just good ingredients, a little bit of time and there you go!
1. Marinade the fully frozen chicken wings (separated) in the garlic, honey, soy and sesame oil in a deep (at least 1.5 inch) baking dish. The amount of marinade depends on the amount of chicken – you don’t need much to start with.
2. Bake in an oven at 325 degrees until they start to brown. When they start to brown, turn them over. The wings should be cooking in liquid now, so they’re not just baking, they’re roasting and softening into fall off the bone wings! Add some soy if there is not enough liquid. Sprinkle with sesame seeds once they are browned.
3. Keep roasting until all of the wings are a deep dark brown. Raise the temperature at the end to 350, but be sure you have enough liquid in the pan. You can cook these from 45 minutes for a more chewy chicken, or go a full 1 1/2 hours for fall off the bone chicken wings (my preference!) And these guys do not need dipping sauce:)
Chicken Wing TIP: You barely have to worry about burning wings when you do them slow roasted style in plenty of liquid in a deeper pan, like in the recipe above. The liquid protects the wings and the long slow cooking tenderizes the chicken.
It’s game time! Are you bored with typical snack offerings? Try making a Serbian snack tray. It’s easy to do, cheap and adds an interesting cultural twist to any party food. It’s also a great late night treat and helps settle a stomach after drinking:)
Serbian Snack Tray
Lunch Meats (pepperoni, roast beef, ham, your choice)
On a large serving plate or tray, lay down a thin layer of meats. Generously toss on the pimentos (stuffed olives) and the peppers, being sure to drain them of any water first. Placing them on a towel will do the trick. Add small cubes of feta (smaller than 1″ x 1″) and wedges of hard boiled eggs. Place ample toothpicks for snacking and serve!
Lunch Meat TIP: Yes, lunch meats have nitrates, which are proven to cause cancer. You can, however, select lunch meats that also contain sodium erythorbate, which is said to temper the effects of nitrates. If you’re totally anti-nitrates, you can try meat cured in celery juice OR make fresh sausages & chicken or turkey and slice it up. To each his (or her) own!