February is National Snack Food Month! How will you celebrate? Avoid the vending machine and prepare some healthy snacks, perfect for your afternoon slump. The blog team at Bentall Kennedy Residential Services has recipes for some of our favourite healthy snacks for you to enjoy. Let's dig in:


Asian Avocado Mashers


Avocado contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids that can actually help lower bad cholesterol levels. They are also higher in potassium than bananas and loaded with fibre and antioxidants. These Asian Avocado Mashers are a tasty way to curb your craving for something heavy. Mash up a half of an avocado and sprinkle on some low sodium soy sauce, rice vinegar and chopped cilantro (if you like it). Enjoy this healthy and handy snack right out of the shell.


Oven Baked Zucchini Chips


Rather than reaching for that bag of greasy potato chips, prepare these Oven Baked Zucchini Chips -- a healthy and crispy alternative. These chips get their crunch from a crispy coating of  breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. For a more substantial snack, try dipping them in a little hummus! This quick video will walk you through the easy preparation process.


Popcorn Balls


These homemade Popcorn Balls are sweet, salty and crunchy. They are made of fresh salted popcorn, covered in a coating made from butter, molasses, light corn syrup, and a touch of vinegar, then rolled into balls. If you like caramel corn, this snack is for you!


Spiced Walnuts


Walnuts have many health benefits. They are a good source of Omega 3 monounsaturated fatty acids, they can improve heart function, bone health and metabolism, and they taste great. We love these delicious Spiced Walnuts. They are tossed in gently heated honey and olive oil, and warmly spiced with a little salt, sugar, cumin, coriander and cayenne.


Homemade Granola Bars


Don't confuse these Homemade Granola Bars with the candy-in-disguise granola bars you buy in a box at the store. These healthy snack treats are made with oats, raisins, walnuts, a touch of cinnamon, honey and an innocently small amount of sugar. They are baked and cut into bars that are easy to take with you on the go. Best of all, they are ready in about 40 minutes, with only 15 minutes of hands-on time.

Happy National Snack Food Month from the blog team at Bentall Kennedy Residential Services. We believe that fueling up on healthy food makes you will feel and look better! If you're going to snack, why not snack smarter? For more information on Bentall Kennedy rental properties, please visit our website.