Snacking is to Americans what drinking tea is to the Irish! LOL. When I came to this country I was fascinated with the way people constantly grazed on crackers, candies, chips, pretzels etc. I thought it strange to see adults grazing on kiddie food. Then I stopped and realized that in Ireland, we don’t graze on food all day, we just survive on cups of tea!! A cup of tea will cure any ailment in Ireland, and it is strongly encouraged from toddlerhood. In fact, it is not uncommon to see babies with bottles or sippy cups filled with tea!
Now I understand that regardless of what I think of snacking, it is part of the American culture and is as comforting as a big old cup of tea!!! So the question should become how do we snack healthy? It’s just so easy to grab the bag of nuts/chips/goldfish crackers/fruit chewies etc from the store and think that your choice is a good one. But when you look at the label and can’t identify over half the ingredients, it should make you stop and think “…do I really want to put all those chemicals, preservatives and junk into my system if I want to have a beach body?”.
I wanted to give you some quick ideas for great healthy snacks that you can prepare ahead of time and have ready to grab on the go. You and your family with be eating healthier and will look and feel the difference!
1- celery/apples with almond or peanut butter
2- mixed raw nuts
3- organic tangerines/berries/plums/peaches/other seasonal fruit
4- homemade fruit & nut bars ( see recipe below)
5- homemade muffins
6- dark chocolate ( 85%) cacao for a special treat!
Ok- so I know some of you guys are rolling your eyes at the dark chocolate…. but if my kids love it, your kids will come to love it too. They quickly (maybe an exaggeration !!) figure out that dark chocolate is much nicer than no chocolate!!!
2 cups almond flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup pitted dates
3 ripe bananas
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
3/4 cups finely chopped walnuts
Mix almond flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. In a food processor combine dates, bananas, eggs, vinegar and oil. Add the wet misture (mixture) to the dry mixture and combine thoroughly. Fold in carrots and walnuts. Spoon into paper lined muffin tin and bake at 350 F for 25 minutes.
1 1/2 cup of assorted nuts
1 cup of unsweetened dried cranberries
1/2 cup of Honey
2 tablespoons of coconut butter
Chop up nuts and add the cranberries and honey. Blend together thoroughly. Add the coconut oil and mix well. Press into an 8×8 dish and refrigerate till hardened. Cut up your bars and enjoy