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Snap Peas: Prep-Ahead Snack Idea

One key to healthy snacking? Planning ahead! If you have a pre-planned snack prepped and ready to go, you have a no-thinking-involved snack you can grab when hunger strikes. Otherwise, if you wait until you're hungry, the chances of selecting an in-the-moment healthy snack are slim.

All of the Prep Dish weekly meal plans include an option for a simple healthy snack. For the May plan the snack is simple: steamed snap peas. But because you prep them ahead of time, come snack time, you have a healthy snack waiting.

Snap peas are one of my favorite veggies. While they can be eaten raw, I love them steamed as they take on an even sweeter flavor. The key is to steam for a very short time- 2-3 minutes max. I either eat plain or dip into a low-sodium tamari (wheat-free soy sauce) or a veggie dip of choice (like hummus). These also work as a quick & easy side, I prefer tossing with a tiny sprinkle of red chili flakes & sea salt.

snap peas

steamed snap pea snack

Steamed Snap Peas

4c snap peas

salt to taste

Steam snap peas for 2-3 minutes only. Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator for future snacking. Serves ~4.


What healthy foods do you like to snack on? Do you prep them ahead of time? Let us know in the comments, below:


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