Motivation Monday: Spicy Edamame Recipe + Healthy Snack Ideas

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthier, exercise more, and hopefully, lose a little weight. I know it’s a total cliche, but there you have it!

To help kick start my resolution and to hold myself accountable, I’m starting a monthly series called Motivation Monday. For me, healthy living is all about motivation. It’s about finding the motivation to cook instead of order takeout, go for a walk, or skip a second helping (my biggest downfall).

Each Motivation Monday post will feature easy tips and a healthy recipe. For my first post, I’m focusing on healthy snacks and I’ve rounded up over 20 great ideas for you!

But first, I’m sharing one of my favorite snacks: Spicy Chile Pepper Edamame. You are going to love this quick and satisfying snack!

Spicy Chile Pepper Edamame | Hello Little HomeSpicy Chile Pepper Edamame

Makes 1 Serving


  • 1/2 cup frozen, shelled edamame
  • chili powder
  • salt

Place edamame in a small microwavable bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 2 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with chili powder and salt to taste. Mix well and enjoy!

Spicy Chile Pepper Edamame| Hello Little HomeHere are a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to snacks:

  • Moderation is key even with healthy foods. It’s not healthy if you eat too much, so avoid anything that triggers you to overeat.
  • Think about what you’re craving. Don’t eat celery sticks if you want carbs!
  • Plan your snacks in advance. I like to keep a variety at my desk for an afternoon pick-me-up, and I always pack something when traveling (nuts or energy bars are perfect).
  • Avoid highly-processed foods. Make you own, so you know what’s in it.
  • Before eating, ask yourself if you are really hungry. If not, try drinking a glass of water, reading a book, or taking a walk instead.

Okay, on to the fun part: I’ve rounded up over 20 great snacks to satisfy any craving, and I’ve included some of my favorites!

20+ Healthy Snack Ideas | Hello Little HomeTop Apple Slices with Nut Butter

Crunchy apples pair perfectly with nut butter (I like almond butter). Nut butter is expensive, so this year, I want to make my own. Here are a few recipes I’m curious to try:

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Conquer a Carb Craving with a Paleo Substitute

I don’t follow a Paleo diet, but I do love Paleo baked goods which are super moist and a great sub for heavy carbohydrates.

Sweet and Salty Banana Chips from A Beautiful MessSweet and Salty Banana Chips – photo courtesy of

Try Something Sweet and Savory/Salty

One of my favorite flavor combinations is sweet and salty. These snacks are perfect for tackling two cravings at once!

Quick & Easy Hummus - 3 Ways | Hello Little HomeMy Quick and Easy Hummus

Serve a Creamy Dip with Crunchy Veggies

Not all dips are unhealthy. Look for one made with beans, veggies, and fresh herbs. Avoid dips made with cream cheese, mayo, and other heavy ingredients.

"No Bake Cookie" Bars from Minimalist Baker“No Bake Cookie” Bars – photo courtesy of

Make Your Own Energy Bars and Bites

Some energy bars are not as healthy as you might think. Have you ever read the label? Make your own, and you’ll know exactly what is in it.

Roasted Chickpeas | Hello Little HomeCook Up Some Crunchy, Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas are crunchy and delicious, and there are so many ways to cook them, both sweet and savory.

Spicy Chocolate "Cookies" | Hello Little Home

My Spicy Chocolate “Cookies”

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

What snack roundup would be complete without something sweet?

What is your favorite snack?

I’m linking up with A Stroll Through Life’s Inspire Me Tuesday, Time to Sparkle, The Scoop, Coastal Charm’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, Cozy Little House’s Tweak It Tuesday, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia’s Tuesday’s Treasures, Sugar Bee Crafts’ Take-A-Look Tuesday, Brag About It, Huckleberry Love’s Much Ado About Monday, Give Me the Goods, The Inspiration Exchange, Wine’d Down Wednesday, SNAP’s Show & Tell, Make Bake Create Wednesdays, The Wednesday Roundup, Lovely Ladies Linky, Work It Wednesday, Tasty Tuesdays, Lamberts Lately’s Create It Thursday, 52 Mantels’ Thursdays Are Your Days, Embracing Change’s Creative Inspirations, Live Laugh Rowe’s Live Laugh Linky, No Minimalist Here’s Open House Party, Sweet Bella Roos’ Pin It Thursday, Link’n Blogs, Craft Frenzy Friday, Liz Marie Blog’s Inspire Me Please, The Stitchin’ Mommy’s Get Crafty Friday, Nancherrow’s Fridays Unfolded, Chic on a Shoestring’s Flaunt It Friday, Link Party Palooza, Live Love Create’s Craft, Create & Inspire, Pieced Pastimes’ Saturday Sparks, Sewlicious Home Decor, Get Schooled Saturday, Saturday Night Fever, Link It or Lump It, Flamingo Toes’ Think Pink Sunday, Suburbs Mama’s Sunday Linky, Twigg Studios’ Sunday Show Off, Healthy Tip & Tricks Tuesday, and Home Stories A to Z’s Tutorials & Tips.

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Thanks for the share!

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These look delicious! I always enjoy creative snacks, especially with four small girls to feed; expand their taste buds.

I’d love to have you come linkup with me for Tasty Tuesdays!

Oh, so many great ideas for healthy snacks! I’ve roasted chickpeas before but all the rest are new to me and I’ll definitely be giving them a try. Visiting from Show & Tell. Have a great Wednesday, Ginnie.

All love all these snack ideas! I’m always on the look our for something healthy and of course something where I know exactly what is in it. Thanks for sharing! Pinning 🙂

*Visiting from Sweet Bella Roos Pin It Thursday*

Those edamame look great, they are one of my favorite snacks. I will def. try them with the chili powder. Motivation monday is a great idea. I’ve decided to NEVER miss a Monday workout but I also like the idea of making sure to cook at home too.

Love the idea of spicing up some edamame and roasting chickpeas! A good healthy start to the year!

i have yet to find a way
to like edamame
so i really want to give this a try
and those roasted chickpees too!

would love for you to share
at Fridays Unfolded this week!


Yum! Such a great set of snacks! I just recently tried roasted chickpeas and I can’t get enough of them – I can’t wait to try all sorts of variations. Also, I introduced my husband to Edemame a while back, and I know he would love some with a little kick! He’s such a Spice guy and a Snacker, so that would be perfect! We have a healthy living tips and tricks link party on Tuesdays and this roundup of healthy snacks would be so perfect! Snacking is such a hard habit to break, so I’m sure many of us… Read more »

What a great looking recipe! I love edamame but always just eat them plain or with a little salt. I’m going to try them your way for sure.

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