So after you threw away all of your cheetos, store bought ice cream, and cereal you got a little hungry mid day and are rummaging through your pantry trying to find something to satisfy that sweet or salty tooth. Here are a few tasty ideas to get you through those panic moments so you don’t run to the nearest store for doughnuts (my weakness):
Greek Yogurt is an excellent source of protein and good bacteria for your gut (make sure you get the kind that says ‘live active cultures‘). Berries are just delicious and full of antioxidants. And dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher)… I don’t think I have to convince you here, is also packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants basically serve as scavengers in our body to eat up all of the free radicals or the damaged cells (which is a good thing!).
Apples/Banana, Almond Butter, & cheese
Cottage cheese & fruit
I got this recipe from Lindsay at Passionate Homemaking and it is a favorite with us! I used almond butter instead of peanut butter. I make a double batch of these and freeze them for a quick and easy snack (usually 5 minutes out of the freezer is plenty of time) on the go.
I haven’t actually tried these, but they look very similar to the Almond Protein Bars, but even simpler. 3 ingredients: nuts, dates, & raisins. Sounds good to me!
Primal Trail Mix
We got this idea from Mark at Mark’s Daily Apple and my husband takes this with him on all of his camping/hiking trips. Take walnuts/almonds/any other kind of nut or seed (other than peanuts b/c remember they are a legume) and pour melted coconut over the top with a drizzle of honey. Place in the refrigerator until coconut oil is solid and break up and eat!
Tear leaves off of center rib piece, sprinkle with olive oil, salt & pepper and bake on 275 for about 20 minutes then flip over and bake for about 15 minutes or until crisp.
No, I’m not pregnant, but I have had more strange cravings since I’ve been breast feeding than I ever did pregnant. I have really craved whole milk, full fat yogurt, etc. So, here’s a pic of what I had for a snack last night (we did have a really early dinner so this was kind of a late night dinner/snack).
What are some of your favorite snacks? What keeps you motivated to stay away from the processed snacks?