This is probably one of the biggest issues many of us (if not all - let's be real) suffer from. The What the hell am I going to eat? I've been running around all day and I'm seriously low on fuel, I could literally eat gravel I'm so freaking hungry moment.
Snacking has got to be one of the worst things to figure out since it always seems like there is nothing to eat when all we want to do is immediately eat something! That's when it gets ugly and anything goes... and goes quickly. 5 minutes after a frenzied smash and grab in the cupboards and you're left like wtf just happened?!
Rewind the tape and let's hit the reset button.
It comes down to this, and only this: if you plan ahead, you won't overeat on crap. Plain and simple, just how I like it. Being healthy takes work, just like relationships do, just like building a career does, and just like raising well-adjusted children. None of that "just happens", and neither does 50 pounds in the mid-section!
It's habits, beliefs, behaviors, and a whole slew of other factors that if left unattended can wreak havoc on you and your body. So let's do the work and plan ahead shall we? (This means putting down the phone, and not getting too self-absorbed/sucked into Facebook or Instagram! Your time is valuable so why not use it for good, not mindless evil ;)
The three snacks I've come up with are also kid-friendly so these are perfect for baseball games, soccer games, lacrosse and any other activity your kids are involved in. Go ahead, be that mom and get ready for all the other moms to be like, guuuurrrrrlll, I'm gonna need that recipe!
Here's what I've come up with:
1. Apple slices with peanut butter/maple syrup spread
This one is so easy and soooooo yummy your kids are going to love it as an afternoon snack! Here's what you need:
1 apple, sliced
1/4 cup peanut butter, or almond - or seed butter
2 Tbs maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
In a small pot over a low flame add in the peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla and mix until well combined, only a minute or two. Place on the side and slice your apple. Scoop a little of the peanut butter/maple syrup mixture onto the apple slice and top with the chopped walnuts. Easy peasy.
And if you're feeling lazy, because hey, we all have our moments, you can simply make the spread, add in the chopped walnuts, and put in a bowl for easy scoop-ability! Good fats, protein, naturally sweetened... it's got it all for a grab-able snack. Prep a few beforehand and place in the fridge for a grab and go!
2. Energy Seed Balls
A little bit of protein, some anti-inflammatory benefits, and a little natural sweetness round out these balls as a perfect grab and go! You simply can't feel guilty eating these bad boys.
1 cup dates, soaked in water for a little bit before using
1 cup old-fashioned oats, ground down in your food processor
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 Tbs ground flaxseeds
1 Tbs chia seeds
In your food processor, or high powered blender, add in the oats and pulse into a fine grain. Drain the dates and add into the processor and blend until well combined with the oats. Then add in the all the seeds and pulse until well combined. Then roll out the mixture into little balls and place in the fridge for a few minutes, and then eat them, what are you waiting for? They're pretty darn good! (And if you need a hard sell for the kids, melt 1 Tbs coconut oil, 1 Tbs maple syrup, and 2 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder in a small saucepan over a low flame and stir until well combined. Once the mixture cooled down a bit, roll the balls in the chocolate and watch your kids eat them all!)
3. Protein Brownies
Now I'm a brownie freak so I'm gonna be real here and tell you that no, these do not taste like my fudge brownies I make every Christmas, simply because there is 2 sticks of butter and 1 cup of sugar in those... I can't replicate that and still be able to tell you it's a healthy snack. So with that in mind, know that these are actually good for you brownies and while they're not super sweet, they're pretty darn good and will crush any craving you have for the real thing because these are packed with good fats and protein... just what you need to squash a craving! So don't be deterred, these are brownies and they're good for you. Can you say that about any other brownie?!
3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup peanut butter, or almond, or seed butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 scoop chocolate plant protein powder (I use VegaOne)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp sea salt
Preheat your oven to 350˚F. Place parchment paper in a small baking dish. In a medium sized bowl add in the bananas and mash them up. Then add in the peanut butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, protein powder and vanilla and mix until well combined. Place mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread the mixture out evenly. Add the sea salt on top and bake for about 20 minutes. Once done, remove from the pan and place on cutting board to cool. Then slice into squares and keep in the fridge for about a week, if they'll last that long!
And there you have it. 3 healthy on-the-go snacks that you can whip up in no time flat. Trust me, it's worth the effort to have snacks on hand that you can grab and take with you because life is unpredictable and we always seem to be on the go. Your healthy matters and what you eat, every single day, makes a huge difference in the long run, so quit giving your body fuel it can't use (junk food), and start giving it the supreme kind of fuel it can actually work with!