This Spicy Chili Pepper Edamame is a delish, healthy snack that's ready in under five minutes!
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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 Chili Pepper Edamame. You are going to love this quick and satisfying snack!
How to Make Spicy Chili Pepper Edamame
This edamame recipe really couldn't be easier to make ... and it's also super delicious. My fave kind of recipe.
Simply cook frozen shelled edamame using your microwave. Once it's done, season the edamame with chili powder and salt.
Told you that was easy! But the best part is that it tastes so good. Definitely crave worthy!
Once you learn how to make this Spicy Chili Pepper Edamame, feel free to experiment with different seasonings. Maybe Everything But the Bagel? Yum!
You could even skip the seasoning and simply use an artisanal salt ... smoked salt would be so tasty.
However you make it, this is one recipe you're sure to repeat!
Spicy Chili Pepper Edamame
- ½ cup frozen, shelled edamame
- chili powder
- Place edamame in a small microwavable bowl.
- Cover and microwave on high for 2 minutes or until hot.
- Season with chili powder and salt to taste. Mix well.
- Serve edamame immediately. Enjoy!
Healthy Snack Ideas
Now that you know how to make this Spicy Chili Pepper Edamame, here 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 (like nuts or energy bars).
- 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 healthy snack ideas to satisfy any craving!
Top 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:
- Cinnamon Hazelnut Butter from Scaling Back
- Toasted Pecan Pumpkin Butter from The Messy Baker
- Maple Almond Butter from Tracy's Culinary Adventures
Paleo Banana Bread - photo courtesy of elanaspantry.com
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.
- Paleo Banana Bread from Elana's Pantry (one of my favorites!)
- Healthy Almond Meal Banana Muffins (with a secret chocolate center) from Honest Fare
- Paleo Pumpkin Walnut Muffins from Carrots 'n' Cake (so good!)
- Paleo Chocolate Banana Muffins from Yummy Mummy Kitchen
Sweet and Salty Banana Chips - photo courtesy of abeautifulmess.com
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!
- Grape Stuffed Goat Cheese from Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body
- Sweet and Salty Banana Chips from A Beautiful Mess
- Sweet and Salty Primal Trail Mix from Mark's Daily Apple
- Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates from Hello Little Home
My Roasted Red Pepper 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.
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus from Hello Little Home
- Kale, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip with Greek Yogurt from So ... Let's Hang Out
- Lemon Garlic Edamame Dip from Hello Little Home
No Bake Cookie Bars - photo courtesy of minimalistbaker.com
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.
- Chocolate Almond Cherry Energy Bites from Blissful Blog
- "No Bake Cookie" Bars from Minimalist Baker (delicious!)
- Coconut Cream Larabars from My Whole Food Life
Cook Up Some Crunchy, Roasted Chickpeas
Roasted chickpeas are crunchy and delicious, and there are so many ways to cook them, both sweet and savory.
- Indian Roasted Chickpeas from A Spicy Perspective
- Roasted Chickpeas 4 Ways from Modern Parents Messy Kids
- Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas from Heather's French Press
My Spicy Chocolate "Cookies"
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
What snack roundup would be complete without something sweet?
- Raw Almond Butter Cups from Oh She Glows (so good - like a healthy peanut butter cup!)
- Spicy Chocolate "Cookies" from Hello Little Home
- Almond Butter Cocoa Truffles from A House in the Hills
- Strawberry Dark Chocolate Bark from Hello Little Home
Strawberry Dark Chocolate Bark
Loved this Motivation Monday post?
If you enjoyed these easy tips for eating and living healthier, make sure to check out all of my Motivation Monday posts!
- Berry Green Smoothie + Tips for Creating an Exercise Routine
- Easy Asian Dumpling Soup + Tips for Getting Better Sleep
- Mango Parfait + Revisiting Goals
- Picnic Recipes + Enjoying the Outdoors
- Greek Quinoa Salad + Tips for Losing Weight
- Chinese Chopped Salad + Tips for Getting Back on Track
What is your favorite snack?