Sensible Indulgences Bring Balance In 2022

Southeast Dairy Association - Chocolate-Almond Coffee Cooler

In 2022, trend experts predict a continued focus on overall health, immune-boosting foods, and snacking. Over recent months, consumers have turned to snacks for comfort, but the thought of snacking as a “sensible indulgence” is taking shape. Snacks that are sensibly indulgent taste great but don’t derail your long-term health goals. Try these delicious and easy recipes that balance taste and good health.

Southeast Dairy Association - granola bites

Super Sipper – Enjoy a Chocolate Almond Coffee Cooler for a frosty treat. Creamy and delicious, this beverage includes important nutrients like calcium and vitamin D that are needed for good health. The cocoa powder adds iron, zinc, and selenium which helps to boost immunity.

Midday Boost – Nibble on these High-Protein Granola Bites for a midday snack. Packed with protein (from the whey protein powder, yogurt, and oatmeal), these can be made ahead and kept on hand for a mid-morning snack or delicious afternoon treat.

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Gluten-Free Grain – Served warm or cold, a bowl of Cinnamon-flavored Rice Pudding hits the spot! Made with lactose-free milk, this treat is a perfect fit for those looking to reduce lactose in their diet. Lactose-free milk still contains all the calcium and vitamin D of regular milk and helps build strong bones.

Plenty of Crunch – Satisfying and savory, these Cheese Wafers are easy to make and require no special equipment. Serve them as a side to a green salad or bowl of vegetable soup and your taste buds will go from drab to fab! These protein-packed cheese wafers offer a big crunch plus a little heat from the red pepper.

Choosing sensibly indulgent snacks is an excellent way to strike a balance between taste and long-term health. What are your favorite indulgent snacks that also add health to your diet?

Tracy Noerper Ph.D., RD, LDN is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist in the state of Tennessee. Tracy currently is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Dietetic Internship Director at Lipscomb University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Abilene Christian University and her master’s degree in Nutrition from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). Tracy also received her Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance from MTSU. She has served as president and as a past president of both the Nashville and Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics associations. Her research interests are food security and post-secondary online education. Tracy enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family, traveling, and trying new recipes.