We all know that Spring is a busy time of the year. Whether you are finishing up your last semester, planning a fun and exciting Spring Break, or trying to figure out what job or internship you are going to do this summer, you always feel like you are on the go and just trying to get your life together. You may be so busy that when you finally get home at the end of the day you realize, “Have I eaten anything today?”
Or maybe you are the type that is always looking forward to the next time you get to eat. Maybe you are on the go so much that the only options for food are Chick-Fil-A or a bag of chips from the convenience store. After eating these things day in and day out, you realize you hate the way they make you feel and maybe they have caused you to gain weight.
We have all been there. We wear ourselves out on the one snack or meal because it is convenient and does the job. But this is not how eating should be. You should not force yourself to eat junky foods that just end up making you feel gross at the end of the day.
Within the past few weeks, I have decided to put an end to the self-destruction by finding snacks that I can take with me that satisfy my cravings, but also make me feel good after I eat them. Here are a couple of my favorites!
Ingredients: Dark Chocolate, Dried Fruit (I prefer cranberries), and Almonds
- Heat chocolate until melted.
- Once smooth, use spoon to make a thin round shape with chocolate on parchment paper.
- While chocolate is still warm, add your toppings.
- Finally, place your treats in the freezer until chocolate is solid.
This is one of my favorite snacks because of the freedom you have. You will never get tired of this snack because of the endless varieties of toppings you can add. Another reason why I love this snack so much is because of the salty and sweet combination with the chocolate and nuts.
Ingredients: 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats or gluten-free oats, 1/3 cup finely crushed graham crackers can use gluten-free, 2 tablespoons chia seeds, A pinch of sea salt, 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (can use almond butter), 1/4 cup honey, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, 1/4 cup miniature marshmallows
- In a large bowl, combine oats, crushed graham crackers, chia seeds, and salt.
- Add the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Stir until combined and mixture is moist. Gently stir in the mini chocolate chips and miniature marshmallows.
- Roll the mixture into small balls, about 1-2 tablespoons per ball. Place in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
This one may have more ingredients, but it is just as easy to make. This one is perfect for days when you will be gone from 9-5 and need something in between lunch and closing time to get you through the rest of the day. I love this recipe because it once again satisfies my salty and sweet cravings and provides so much protein.
With these recipes and many more we can feel good about the snacks we are consuming during our busy day. While this takes more effort than your convenience store snack, your body will thank you. Together, let’s do a better job of being more intentional about the things we put in our bodies and recognizing how it makes us feel!