Showing posts with label snack. Show all posts
Showing posts with label snack. Show all posts

Friday, December 6, 2013

Energy Bites Recipe


Every time I make these bad boys I am hounded by everyone who bites into one until I send the recipe over. Every ingredient serves a purpose (besides making them taste amazing) and is uber healthy (would I post anything that wasn’t?). Bonus: They are crazy portable! So next time you need a quick pick me up before a hike, yoga, gym class, or if you just want a little bite (or two or three) of yumminess, whip some of these tasty little balls of health.

Ingredients
1 C dates
1/2 C honey
1 tbsp of chia seeds
1 tbsp of ground flax seeds pinch of sea salt

1 C old fashioned oats
1 C shelled pistachios
1 C dried cranberries
1⁄2 C unsweetened coconut shreds

Optional: Add 1/2 C of chocolate chips, or white chocolate chips... I’m already drooling.

Directions:
1. Combine the dates, honey, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, and salt into a food processor. If you don’t have a high powered motor, soak your dates in water for about an hour first to soften them up. Blend until smooth.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, pistachios, coconut, and cranberries, add the blended ingredients and mix until evenly distributed. This might will definitely get sticky. That’s ok. I just ditch the spoon and get in there with clean hands. It is also pretty much a requirement that you eat the portions that are relentlessly sticking to your spoon and hands. For me, this is a pivotal step in creating these tasty little nuggets.





3. Put mixture in the fridge for about 20 minutes to cool (if there is any left). This will make it easier to shape into bars, balls (come on now, grow up), or whatever geometrical or non-geometrical shape you so desire. Another tip: coat hands in coconut oil before shaping.



Whole Grain Oats: Can help lower cholesterol and improve heart health. They are full of good dietary fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and are a great source of energy. Whole grain oats are good for regulating blood sugar levels, and have been shown in scientific studies to help enhance athletic performance when ingested 45 minutes to 1 hour before exercise of moderate intensity.
Dates: Dates are chock full of vitamins and minerals, fiber, and are often used for a quick energy boost. Their high potassium content makes them a great addition to this snack, especially when eaten pre or post work out!

Pistachios: Are a great source of healthy fats. They are loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that nourish your body. Pistachios are especially great for eye, skin, and immune health.

Honey: Raw honey is a natural way to sweeten your food, and your health. It is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, has an array of essential vitamins and minerals, and natural probiotics. Bonus: It actually works better to soothe and heal sore throats and coughs than over the counter medicine. Honey is always my sweetener of choice!

Chia Seeds: They don’t call chia seeds a superfood for nothing. These babies are extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and protein, while also low in calories. They help to reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive function, improve cholesterol levels, and help regulate blood sugar. Bam.

Ground Flax Seeds: These low calorie seeds are packed with omega- 3’s, fiber, antioxidants, and B vitamins to help boost your immune system and keep you feeling full for hours. You can eat flax seeds in their whole form, but they are not as easily digested and absorbed as when they are ground, so make sure to either buy them ground or grind them up yourself in a coffee grinder!

Coconut Shreds: Besides providing a boost of energy, shredded coconut will provide you with an array of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, protein, and healthy fat. While some may worry about it’s fat content, the medium chain fatty acids in coconut are amazing for your health. These fatty acids can actually help you to burn more fat for a whole day after consumption, and help to reduce your appetite, helping you to stay on track more easily, as well as immediately improving cognitive function. 




Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sweet Greek Treat


Ok, so if you don't know already, we each have a serious sweet tooth! Justifying eating a dozen cookies in one sitting really is not the healthiest choice, so we were so glad we discovered a better alternative from one of our readers, Ashley. Ashley discovered a delicious yogurt that we can't wait to try called Greek Gods Traditional Greek Yogurt. So, what is so special about this yogurt you're probably thinking? "You can't stop eating it!" Ashley explained. This yogurt comes in so many flavors but Ashley is obsessed with the honey flavored yogurt. This yogurt flavor can be eaten a million ways than one. It's good with apples, strawberries, or peanut butter. Ashley even suggested freezing it and eating it like ice cream {yum!}. Best of all, this yogurt flavor is 250 calories--the perfect snack! Try the Greek Gods Traditional Greek Yogurt and let us know what you think!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Superbowl Snacks: Puppy Chow


As we mentioned in Superbowl Snacks: Rolo Pretzel Delights, we are really excited for the Superbowl! The Superbowl would not be fit without some snacks to munch on, so here is the recipe for the last snack we plan on taking to our Superbowl parties: Puppy Chow.

Puppy Chow
Source: Adapted by Chex Mix
Ingredients
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
9 cups original/plain ChexMix square cereal
2 cups powdered sugar


Pour the nine (9) cups of original/plain Chex Mix square cereal into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter/margarine in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring frequently to avoid burning. Remove the bowl from the microwave as soon as the chocolate chips have melted. Add and stir in the vanilla extract.

Next, pour the melted chocolate mixture into the large bowl of Chex Mix square cereal, making sure to coat the cereal mix with chocolate (using a spatula to disperse the chocolate is best).

Lastly, pour the powdered sugar into a 2-gallon ziplock bag and proceed to spoon in the chocolate-covered Chex Mix cereal. Seal the ziplock bag and shake it to thoroughly coat the cereal mixture with powdered sugar.


{ENJOY!}

Superbowl Snacks: Rolo Pretzel Delights


We are so excited for the Superbowl and have been gearing up to root for our favorite team (*cough*49ers*cough*). In preparation for the BIG game, we've decided to put together a couple fun snacks to munch on [all involving chocolate of course..lol]. These snacks are ridiculously easy to make and are perfect to bring to any Superbowl house party: Rolo Pretzel Delights & Puppy Chow! First up, Rolo Pretzel Delights!

Rolo Pretzel Delights
Source: Adapted from Rolos
Ingredients

1 bag of pretzels
1 bag of Rolos
1 bag of glazed pecans

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, lay about 16 pretzels onto a pan with aluminum foil (or parchment paper). Top each pretzel with Rolos. Place the Rolo-covered pretzels into the oven, baking for 3-5 minutes or until the chocolates have fully melted. Take the pretzels out of the oven and quickly top it with a glazed pecan. 

{As easy as 1, 2, 3!}

Who will you be rooting for while you're munching?
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