Snacking for most of us is a way of life. We get so busy with work, family, and school that snacking is a necessity. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep snacking healthy!
Tip 1: Prepare snacks ahead of time so you can just grab it and go.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread or Muffins
- 3 mashed bananas
- 1 TBSP lemon juice (or ½ lemon)
- ¼ cup coconut oil melted
Mix and add:
- ⅔ cup flour (oat, whole wheat, gluten free blend)
- ⅓ cup hemp seeds
- ⅓ cup ground flax seeds
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips (little hack: dust the chocolate chip with flour to keep them from sinking to the bottom of the bowl)
Pour into greased loaf pan or muffin tins. Bake at 350F (18-20 minutes for muffins, 35-40 minutes for loaves).
Tip 2: Stick to whole foods in their natural form like fresh fruits and vegetables, raw or dry roasted unsalted nuts and seeds like almonds, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.These foods have their natural fibre, protein and fats intact and are unprocessed.
Tip 3: Consider making your own snacks. Homemade granola bars, trail mix, roasted chickpeas, energy balls or fruit salad with avocado are some great options.
No Bake Energy Balls
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats (raw)
- 2/3 cup toasted , sweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup ground golden flaxseed meal
- 6 Tbsp chocolate chips (use minis)
- In a mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir until evenly coated.
- Transfer mixture to refrigerator or freezer and chill until mixture has firmed up a bit, about 30 minutes.
- Remove from refrigerator and shape into 1-inch balls.
- Store in refrigerator in an airtight container
Gluten free version available @
Tip 4: Stay away from processed baked and packaged foods which tend to be high in sugar, trans fats, and empty calories. This can trigger blood sugar spikes, crashes, and can lead to mood changes and overeating.