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.

 

Popcorn: A Healthy Snack You May Not Be Eating

Happy National Popcorn Day!

In honor of today, we wanted to pay homage to this healthy snack! Yes, we said healthy. One cup of plain popcorn only has about 30 calories and is a whole grain that helps you to feel more full and satisfy unhealthy cravings.

Now please don’t run out and buy up a lifetime supply of movie theatre popcorn! Unfortunately, that is not a healthy snack! When you buy popcorns that are already buttered and flavored, the calorie count can sky rocket, and you end up with high amounts of fat and sodium, which is very unhealthy. Rather, buy a bag of kernels that you can pop on your own at home and flavor yourself! Just simply pop 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels in a tablespoon of olive oil, and then drizzle another tablespoon or two of olive oil on afterward, and you have a great treat! Or, you can drizzle a tablespoon of coconut oil and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt for a simple snack.

However, if you want to get creative, here are some of our favorite popcorn topping combinations:

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Cheesed up Popcorn

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-1/4 cup kernels
-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
-1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:
Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sized pot (can also use a microwave safe bag and cook on high for about 1:30-2 minutes, or until kernels stop popping), pour in kernels, and cover with a lid. Shake and stir the pot around a bit as the kernels start to pop. Once there are 3 seconds in between pops, remove from heat. Toss with nutritional yeast and salt, and serve!

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Coconut Curry

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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This one is our favorite!

Ingredients:
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-1/4 cup kernels
-1 -2 teaspoons curry powder (start with 1 and add according to taste preference)
-1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
-1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
-Pinch of salt (no more than 1/8 of a teaspoon)

Directions:
Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sized pot (can also use a microwave safe bag and cook on high for about 1:30-2 minutes, or until kernels stop popping), pour in kernels, and cover with a lid. Shake and stir the pot around a bit as the kernels start to pop. Once there are 3 seconds in between pops, remove from heat. Toss with curry powder, coconut oil, shredded coconut flakes, and salt.

We highly recommend that you give the curry a try, but if you are not a fan, you can omit it all-together for a coconut flavored popcorn!

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Chocolate Cinnamon

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-1/4 cup kernels
-1 tablespoon cocoa powder
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon sea salt
-Pinch of cayenne pepper powder (can always add more, but start with very little as this can add quite a kick)

Directions:
Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sized pot (can also use a microwave safe bag and cook on high for about 1:30-2 minutes, or until kernels stop popping), pour in kernels, and cover with a lid. Shake and stir the pot around a bit as the kernels start to pop. Once there are 3 seconds in between pops, remove from heat. Toss with cocoa powder, cinnamon, sea salt, and cayenne. Enjoy!

Don’t like or have cocoa powder? You can melt a couple tablespoons of dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao) and drizzle it over the popcorn!

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Nacho Kick

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-1/4 cup kernels
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
-1 teaspoon paprika
-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
-1/2 teaspoon onion powder
-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
-1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:
Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sized pot (can also use a microwave safe bag and cook on high for about 1:30-2 minutes, or until kernels stop popping), pour in kernels, and cover with a lid. Shake and stir the pot around a bit as the kernels start to pop. Once there are 3 seconds in between pops, remove from heat. Toss with remaining olive oil, nutritional yeast, and spices. Depending on your taste preference, you can always add more paprika, cayenne, etc., to give a little extra kick!

As you can see, you can really get creative and have fun with the spices in your cabinet. What are some of the flavors that you like?

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Happy Popping!

Helpful tip: When buying popcorn kernels, you may see an option for white or yellow kernels. Both are perfectly fine! White kernels do have a slightly higher calorie count (about 50 calories per cup), but it ultimately comes down to your taste preference. 

 

Healthy Snack: Ants on a Log!

Remember when you were a kid and your parents tried getting you to eat your veggies? Well we are brining back a childhood classic with Ants on a Log! This quick and easy snack is healthy, delicious, and will give you a trip down memory lane! This is also an easy snack to prepare ahead of time so you can grab and go when you are in a hurry!

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Teddies is one of our favorite natural peanut butters, but you can even make your own but processing peanuts until smooth!

Ants on a Log

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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 Ingredients:
-2 to 3 stalks celery, sliced
-2 tablespoons smooth, unsalted peanut butter
-¼ cup dried fruit of choice (i.e. raisins)

Directions:
Slice celery sticks and spread peanut butter into the hollow cavity. Top with dried fruit and enjoy! 

Want more healthy snacks? Check out more recipes here.