I don't know about you, but snacks are an important part of my day; even more so after becoming a mother of two! I am pretty particular about my snacks and won't just grab anything. The dietitian in me requires them to be nutritious and wholesome, while the foodie in me whats them to taste amazing!
One of my all-time favourite things to meal prep are energy bites or energy balls. They come together very quickly and usually require a handful of ingredients that most people already have in their kitchens. Another great thing about energy balls are that they are great to give your children as snacks as well. If you want to learn more about why snacks are important for kids check out this post.
These energy balls feature an all-time classic flavour combination- peanut butter and chocolate! One thing I do want to mention is to read the ingredients when purchasing any type of nut butter as they can often be a loaded with sugar (find out more here).
Healthy snacks are important for everyone, but are especially important for kids who are very active during summer activities or at recess during the school year. Snacks provide energy for children during recess and in the classroom so they can focus better while learning and get through the rest of the day.
Energy in the early morning comes from dinner or a snack from the previous evening
Energy in the late morning comes from breakfast or a mid-morning snack
Energy in the afternoon comes from food eaten at lunch
Energy in the evening comes from food eaten during lunch or an afternoon snack
It is important for children who are active, or a part of sports teams to be fueled with healthy snacks throughout the day so they have the energy throughout the day.
Offering snacks can be beneficial because:
It can give children the fuel they need during recess, gym, or even to get them through their classes
I'm sure you have seen or tried the 2 ingredient banana pancakes made with only eggs and bananas all over the Internet. Although they will never replace my regular pancakes made with flour, I enjoy whipping up a batch for a quick breakfast or as a snack. I wanted to take the pancakes to another level by packing in more nutrition so I added hemp seeds and all-natural peanut butter. The result was a pancake that was not only packed with more nutrients, but also a super easy, flour-free pancake that is fluffier and tastes better than the traditional 2 ingredient pancakes!
Try these pancakes for a post-workout snack or when you are looking for something to get you through to the end of the day.
These pancakes are:
Packed with protein
Healthy fat friendly (Omega 3 & 6)
When I am having these pancakes for breakfast, I add a little drizzle of Maple syrup and a dollop of peanut butter.
When you think of healthy foods, yogurt is bound to make it on your list of top 10 must haves. Although this may be the case, there are so many options of yogurt available, it becomes very easy to select a yogurt that is far from being healthy. There is just so much confusion when it comes to yogurt, which is why in today's edition of "Simple Swaps", I will be going over how to swap your sugar-filled yogurt with a yogurt that is actually good for you.
One of my favourite things about yogurt is its versatility. You can use yogurt as a marinade, dip, dressing, or (my favourite) as a snack.
The nutritional benefits of yogurt are:
High in calcium
Source of Vitamin D
Source of probiotics (healthy bacteria for your gut)
Packed with protein (Greek style varieties have more protein)
Next time you are at the grocery store and are looking for a healthy snack and pick up a low fat fruit yogurt, think again. Unfortunately, your fruit yogurt is far from just fruit and yogurt. The...
I have the biggest sweet tooth, which means I am usually (read: always) craving something sweet when snack time hits. I am also a chocoholic and always find ways to add chocolate to my healthy snacks. I created these cookies one night when I was craving chocolate and something sweet but was looking for something a little healthier. These cookies satisfy my sweet and chocolate cravings while also giving me a good balance of protein + fibre + healthy fats.
The star of these cookies are Hemp Hearts. Hemp hearts are seeds that have a nutty flavour and are packed with protein, healthy fats, and fibre. I love adding Hemp Hearts to my oatmeal, smoothies, and baked goods.
Another great thing about these cookies is that they are GLUTEN-FREE! These chocolate power cookies are made with a blend of quick oats, Hemp Hearts, and ground flaxseed. Talk about triple threat!
Energy balls are popping up everywhere. They are the perfect size to take on the go, taste great, and are packed with lots of nutrients. I have even seen energy balls sold individually at some health food stores, but they can get pricey if you want to buy many for the week.
Anyone that knows me, knows that I am a dessert-loving dietitian, so I always need to have something sweet to satisfy my cravings. These coconut date balls not only satisfy my sweet tooth but are good for me too! The best part about these coconut date balls is that they are quick and easy to make. I usually make these on Sunday during my #mealprep to last me throughout the week.
Here's a quick video to show you exactly how to make them: