Image: Greek Cucumber Walnut Bites

Ah… snacking! We want ready-to-eat options that satisfy cravings, are quick and convenient, and provide good nutrition. Oftentimes, choices that claim to boost energy are overloaded with added sugars or are high in sodium. Here’s an easy solution: healthier snacking can be as simple as adding a handful of walnuts. Just one ounce delivers 4 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber and 2.5 grams of essential plant-based omega-3 (ALA). Start out by trying one of these simple, homemade snacks:

  • Cajun Spiced Walnuts – This easy recipe packs a punch with almost no prep time. The mix of spices gives the perfect kick to warm your taste buds. Prepare them a day ahead, as the flavors blend and mellow overnight.
  • No-Bake Walnut, Cocoa, Cherry Bars – Looking for something on the sweet side? Walnuts combined with Medjool dates, oats, dried cherries and cocoa powder create this tasty treat.
  • Greek Cucumber Walnut Bites – Great as an afternoon snack or appetizer, these crisp cucumber cups are filled with roasted red pepper hummus and topped with tomatoes, crumbled feta and chopped walnuts for added crunch.

And, don’t forget that a handful of walnuts makes a great snack on its own. Remind your clients that smart snacking is a great way to make sure you’re getting essential nutrients while managing busy schedules.

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