Top 3 On-The-Go Snacks!

Today we are bringing you our favorite on-the-go snacks! Our weekly meal prep usually has us covered and we have tons of snacks that can be whipped up in mere minutes or seconds, but if you are flying out of the house, have a kid or two.. or three in your hands, running to work, etc., then these are great healthy options that you can grab on the go! They may seem obvious, but it is so important to keep these snacks on hand in your home and your office so that you don’t end up munching down on something that is not good for your body and will just make you more hungry.

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Fruits and veggies.
Take a piece of fruit or 1 cup berries or veggies with you. If you can, scoop out 1/4 cup of hummus or mashed avocado to dip your fruits and veggies into. If you have a an extra minute or two, try making these Ants on a Log. It does not matter how old you are – these just seem to make things better!

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Yogurt. 
Go for a plain almond or coconut based yogurt and stir in a little cinnamon or some fruit if you have any handy. If you have a few extra minutes, try our Fruit and Yogurt Parfait.

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Bars. 
Please limit bars to a few times per week. You do not want to rely on these, but we know how much of a savior they can be. We also want you to be careful about the types of bars you are buying and eating. Many bars have loads on loads of added and unnecessary ingredients. We personally love chia and Larabars because they are simple and clean. The best part about a Larabar? You can read the label without feeling lost and confused!

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If you have 20-25 minutes one day, meal prep some of our Peanut Butter Oat Protein Bars and you will have bars to grab throughout the week.

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Want more great snack and bar recipes? We have tons! Our nutrition plans provide you with an array of options to choose from that are easy to meal prep and store so that you have something to grab and go all week long. Check out more here.

 

3 Healthy Meals in 10 Minutes or Less!

Sometimes you do not always have time to prepare a meal or may be in a rush, so you need something quick.  But just because you are in a hurry, does not mean you have to sacrifice your health!  Below we are featuring three meals from our lifetime guide that are super easy and can be made in 10 minutes or less! If you want more healthy meals, including quick ones like these, check out our full length meal plan here.

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The Quicky Chickpea Bowl

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:
-1 cup garbanzo beans
-2 cups chopped Kale greens
-½ cup diced tomatoes
-1 tablespoon onion powder
-1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
-½ tablespoon red pepper flakes (optional)
-1 tablespoon extra virgin olive or grapeseed oil
-½ teaspoon pepper

Directions:
Heat oil in a medium sized skillet.  Add garbanzo beans, tomatoes, onion powder, pepper and lemon juice and red pepper if using. Cook for about 5 minutes.  Toss in kale greens and cook for another couple of minutes, or until the kale greens have wilted. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Tuna Apple Salad

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:
-4 cups romaine lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces, or one 10 oz bag of mix greens
-2 cans of tuna
-1 chopped green apple
-1 small red onion, sliced
-¼  cup dried cranberries
-1 avocado, sliced
-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions:
Come all ingredients, except for the vinegar and oil, in a bowl.  Set aside.  Whisk together the vinegar and olive oil and then drizzle over the salad.

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Fiesta Quinoa Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:
-½ cup cooked quinoa
-1 cup spinach
-¼ cup black beans, drained and rinsed
-¼ cup Pico de Gallo
-¼ cup corn (optional)
-½ avocado, diced
-1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
-Hot sauce and/or cilantro lime dressing for topping (optional)
Dressing:
-1 lime, juiced
-½ tablespoon chopped cilantro
-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.

Directions:
Combine all ingredients into a bowl and drizzle with a little hot sauce if using.  If making the dressing, combine all ingredients in a bowl and pour over quinoa mixture.

All 3 of these meals are featured from a section of our Burnin’ Meal and Workout Lifetime Guide that gives you all of the meals that you can prepare in 10 minutes or less!

David’s Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe

Granola is a very popular snack and topping to use, but it can be extremely unhealthy depending on what you buy and what is added! That is why David started making his own granola using natural ingredients and sweeteners, in order to bring you a healthier snack.  Scoop 1/4 cup of this granola onto yogurt, make a parfait, or add on top of some oatmeal for a little crunch.

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David's Homemade Granola

  • Servings: 1 large batch, approx. 36 1/4 cup servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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 Ingredients:
-½ cup 100% pure maple syrup
-4 teaspoons vanilla extract
-½ teaspoon salt
-½ cup melted coconut oil
-5 cups old fashioned rolled oats (do not use instant/quick oats)
-2 cups raw almonds, slivered or 2 cups of dry roasted peanuts (or 1 cup of each)

Optional:
-can substitute 1 cup of the nuts for 1 cup of a seed, like pumpkin seeds

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  To help the parchment paper stay down, you can grease the pan and then place the parchment on top.  Set aside.

In a bowl, whisk together the syrup, extract, and salt.  Then whisk in the coconut oil. Fold in the oats, almonds, and other nuts (if using), until all of the oats and nuts are coated.

Spread the oat mixture out evenly in a thin layer on the parchment lined baking pan.  Using a spatula, press the mixture down firmly to help “pack” it all into place on the pan.  Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, or until golden brown, and make sure to rotate the pan halfway through cooking.  Let cook on a wire rack for an hour. Once cooled, break the granola into pieces and store in bell jars or an air-tight container. 

Easy Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

Yogurt parfaits are a classic and they are so quick and easy to make! However, depending on what you put into that parfait, they can actually not be as healthy as you think! That is why we are featuring a healthy breakfast and snack option that uses dairy free yogurt, fresh berries, and our homemade healthy granola recipe to provide you with a clean and filling dish.

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Homemade Granola and Yogurt Parfait

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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 Ingredients:
-¼ cup Fairburn it Off homemade granola recipe
-1 6oz. serving of plain almond or coconut yogurt
-1 cup of fruit (strawberries, peaches, blueberries, etc)

Directions:
You can either make layers of yogurt, granola, and fruit, or place all ingredients into a bowl, mix, and enjoy! 

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