For the longest time, I was creature of habit when it came to snacking. Constantly reaching for yogurt + granola or hummus + pretzel chips. Now don’t get me wrong, I will still always have these items on hand. However, I have gotten a lot more creative with my snack options lately. I love it when I can look forward to a snack and really enjoy it rather than just munch away mindlessly. I am the type of person who always has a few snacks handy. I think healthy snacking is a good way to keep energy up throughout the day and avoid extreme hunger come meal time. Here are a couple of my current go-to’s in the snack department:
1. Sweet Potato Bowls
These are absolutely delicious, nutritious and filling. They are a great breakfast option as well. All you do is roast a sweet potato at 425 degrees for 45-60 minutes (depending on the size of the sweet potato). Then simply mash it up, add a bit of ghee and then get creative with toppings. I like to top it off with almond butter, chia seeds and raisins. I have also played around with coconut flakes, sunflower seeds and flax seeds. I know it seems a bid odd, but trust me on this one. Its real good!
2. Apple, Brie & Fig Butter Wraps
Ingredients: 1 whole wheat tortilla, half an apple, brie slices and Trader Joe’s Fig butter.
Slice the brie and spread the pieces out on one side of the wrap. Microwave for 15 seconds to melt the brie. Then spread some fig butter on and thinly slice half the apple. (I like granny smiths, but you can use whatever type of apple you prefer)
Place the apple slices on top of the brie and fig butter and then fold the wrap.
I like to cut in in half. This can also be a breakfast option. Slice up the other half of the apply and enjoy it with some almond butter and a cup of coffee! Mr. Fox approves.
3. No bake Granola Bars (or no bake anything for that matter..)
I got these gems from allysmakesandbakes.com
They are a mixture of: 1/2 cup rolled old fashioned oats, 2/3 cup almond butter, 2 tbsp coconut flakes, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp sunflower seeds, 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips (or cocao nibs) and 1/4 tbsp ground cinnamon.
You simply just mix everything together in a large bowl and then press into a 4 x 6 pan. Throw them in the fridge for about 30 minutes before cutting into squares. Its definitely easier to mix everything together if you use smooth almond butter.
These little bites are super tasty and packed with nutrients that provide the body with energy. They are a good source of healthy fats and are the perfect snack to tie you over until meal time. I love to grab one as I leave for work in the morning, or have one for some pre-workout fuel.
4. Mango Chia Pudding
I thought I could switch up my typical greek yogurt + berries + granola/nuts and try something in the same family. I have been seeing different recipes for Chia pudding all over pinterest lately, so I figured I would give it a go.
I have tried banana and mango chia pudding. The mango was by far my favorite because it tasted sweeter. You just mash up a mango (or banana), then mix it well with 1 cup of almond milk. I added some lime juice to the mango. Mix all of that together until its combined and then add 4 tbsp’s of chia seeds. Mix the chia seeds in until the mixture is even. Let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. (makes 2-3 servings)
The next morning, get creative with the toppings! I topped it off with some blueberries, coconut flakes, walnuts and sunflower seeds. This is a nice snack because you can constantly switch up the fruit flavor as well as the toppings.
So there are a few of the snacks I’m obsessed with at the moment. I would have to say the sweet potato bowls are my #1 right now. I am actually roasting some in the oven right now. I also just had a no bake oat bar…those things are addicting!
Are you a chia-pudding fan? What is your favorite non-convential snack?