Are you looking for heart healthy snacks? We spoke with chef and Registered Dietitian Katie Cavuto, MS, RD about her top choices.
Avocado: this antioxidant rich fruit is also a nourishing source of heart healthy fats. You can enjoy avocado as is with a sprinkle of sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil or use half an avocado for to create a natural bowl for fresh salsa or hummus.
Muffins: if you love baked goods, you’re in luck as muffins can be a nourishing, nutrient dense snack and satisfying sweet treat if you choose your ingredients wisely. Low in sugar and rich in whole grains and heart healthy fats, try these easy to make Chocolate Zucchini Muffins or Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins. Both make for a great snack or on-the-go breakfast. Plus you can freeze extras for later.
No-Bake Bites: When you are craving a sweet treat that packs a nourishing punch, no-bake bites are a great option. You can mix and match ingredients by switching up the nuts and seeds to please your palate. Raisins and dates add natural sweetness to these Chocolate Walnut Brownie Bites.
Banana and Almond Butter: A classic flavor combination, pairing fresh cut fruit like bananas or apples with a nut butter like peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter provides a satisfying and delicious heart healthy snack. Rich in fiber, antioxidants and heart healthy fats, this combination is staple in our house. Make it decadent by topping each slice with a dark chocolate chip.
Veggies and Hummus: when you are craving crunch, fresh cut vegetables like bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots and celery can do the trick. Cut them ahead of time for easy snacking throughout the week. Hummus, a bean based dip, is a rich source of fiber and protein that acts as a blank canvas for a variety of flavors. Try this simple, two ingredient beet hummus to mix it up.
Katie will be appearing at this year’s Heart Health Day at the Willow Grove Park Mall, where she’ll do a live cooking demonstration and share healthy cooking tips.
Katie Cavuto MS, RD, Chef is a Philadelphia-based registered dietitian and wellness advocate. Katie is the dietitian for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Nutrition Advisor for Unite For Her, an organization that supports newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. She appears in regular nutrition and cooking segments on local and national TV. Her writing and recipes have been showcased nationally in Eating Well Magazine, Everyday with Rachel Ray Magazine, O, the Oprah Magazine, Parents Magazine and more. For more of Katie’s recipes and wellness tips visit her wesbite Nourish.Breathe.Thrive. Her first book, Whole Cooking and Nutrition is available now!