Once deciding to eat healthy, whole foods we often feel we don’t have any healthy choices for snacks. But this just isn’t so. Whether you are looking for a sweet snack or a savory snack there are tons of healthy snacks out there. Anything from these Turkey Power Bites to brownies made with black-beans.
By definition, snacks need to be easy, quick and enjoyable. Unfortunately, all the unhealthy snacks out there are certainly easy and quick and give us a temporary satisfaction.
The problem is they are usually loaded with sugar and unhealthy fats. And they may satisfy for the moment but that doesn’t last long and you go for another unhealthy snack.
Good news: these turkey meatballs make a great afternoon snack. Loaded with protein and fiber they will keep you satisfied without raising your blood sugar level through the roof. And they are baked not fried. They would also be great for a lunch or dinner meal.
Health Benefits of Ingredients
Ground Turkey – Turkey has more protein and less fat and cholesterol than any other meat. A good source of vitamins B3, B6, B-12, niacin, choline, selenium, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. Helps lower blood cholesterol, good for healthy skin, and helps improve brain function. Boosts the body’s immune system, is antioxidant and increases body’s energy production.
Quinoa – High in protein and contains all of the amino acids needed and is loaded with antioxidants. Gluten-free, not really a grain but a seed, Complex carbohydrate with a low glycemic index. High in the minerals Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc and (for women) Iron. The phytic acid found in quinoa can be reduced by either soaking or sprouting the quinoa before cooking.
Maca Powder – Considered a Superfood. Maca contains calcium, magnesium, and iron, in addition to C vitamin and vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12. Research has shown that maca contains two of the three essential fatty acids and around 20 amino acids, 8 of which are essential amino acids. And it is packed with fiber.
Celery – high in Vitamin C which helps improve the immune system. Contains calcium, magnesium, and potassium and anti-inflammatory properties. Regulates the body’s alkaline balance, lowers bad cholesterol, lowers blood pressure and has Vitamin A for eye support.
Ginger – Potent anti-inflammatory and natural painkiller offering relief for those with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Studies have shown protection against ovarian, prostate and colon cancers. Used for coughs, sore throats, stuffy nose, upset stomach and chronic indigestion. Contains potassium, magnesium, calcium and folate.
Ground Cumin – high Vitamin E and Vitamin C content, for healthy skin and anti-aging. Antioxidant and anti-fungal properties. Aids digestion and supports a healthy menstrual cycle.
Red Bell Peppers – Low in calories, high in Vitamins A and C. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. The capsaicin in bell peppers reduces bad cholesterol and helps control diabetes. Contains Vitamin E and B6, sulfur and lutein.