Healthy Snacking

Quite often people ask me what I snack on, especially when I’m on a Whole 30.  In fact, when I tell people about the Whole 30 I am usually met with “what do you eat?”.  I’m finding that people don’t realize how much nasty crap they’re eating until I really spell it out for them by explaining what I eliminate and why.

Because I’m on the go so much and, it seems, pretty much living at the gym, I’m always hungry and need to be prepared for when hunger strikes and for pre-workout fuel.

So, for those of you who are interested, here’s the short-list for my snacking staples:

  1. Dates – You can almost always find a bag of dates in my desk drawer at work, and somewhere in my house.  I love dates.  Dates are a great pre-workout fuel, since they’re rich in glucose (a simple carb).  Glucose travels directly to the liver for immediate energy transport – meaning the body doesn’t have to convert it to a different form of energy in order to utilize it.  Sometimes, if I’m feeling a little draggy during the day, I’ll pop a few dates for quick (and sweet) energy.

Dates

2. Larabars

Larabars

I LOVE me a good Larabar.  There are so many different flavors to choose from and they are made (mostly – some of them have chocolate or peanut butter) from 100% natural, clean ingredients.  And since the primary ingredient in a Larabar is dates, they’re an excellent source of energy.  You can be certain there are always a few Larabars stuffed in my gym bag.

I often make my own Larabars…especially when I’m rockin’ a Whole 30.  It’s inexpensive and I can ensure they’re compliant.

Homemade Larabars

3. Fruit – Fruit is usually my number one go-to for snacks.  I usually have apples and bananas in my fridge at home and at work.  If I have a big workout coming up, I will usually have one of the two a bit in advance.  I often will throw an apple in my gym bag as well.

Fruit

You really can’t go wrong with fruit

I also like to have tropical fruit – mango, papaya, pineapple, dragon fruit – for occasional snacking sweetness.

4. Plantain Chips – I am addicted to plantain chips.

Plantain

I get these dudes at Walmart for $2

Okay, I may not be addicted, but I do enjoy plantains – home-cooked or store bought.  They’re low in calories and fat, and are sugar-free.  I sometimes keep these in my desk drawer (where my coworkers steal indulge in them) and in my cupboard at home.  They are so good and since they are Whole 30 compliant, I usually have them on hand for “emergency” snacking.

As you can see, my snacks are all Whole 30 compliant.  But there are also options available for people who are looking for snacks that are organic, or gluten-free, or vegan.  The company GoMacro offers products that meet all of the above.

GoMacro

GoMacro is a family-owned company that “put their heart and soul into a natural, whole-food based lifestyle”.  Their pursuit of health thus became a path of living in balance with themselves and nature.  (Seriously, do yourself a favor and go read their story – it’s truly inspiring!!  <3)

Their products are, as I mentioned, gluten-free, organic, and vegan (they’re also kosher). They are cold-pressed and nut-butter based and made from simple, clean ingredients.  These little bars are perfect for throwing in your gym bag or your back pack or your purse.

MacroBite

I can almost taste the nom nom nom

Unfortunately, GoMacro Bars are not yet available in Canada (they’re working on it), but if you’re living in or visiting the US, you can order them here or pick them up in select stores.  (GoMacro peeps – feel free to send me a sampler. 🙂 ).

Well there you have it.  What I eat.  What I want to eat.  A few healthy snack ideas that you can consider keeping on hand and getting you through your workout, especially if you’re struggling to maintain compliance in a Whole or clean or vegan diet.

Cheers, ~FB

 

 

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Homemade Raw Energy Bites

I am a chocoholic.  I admit it.  12 step program required.

But nearly a month ago I began the 21 Day Challenge and had to give up chocolate cold-turkey.  And I haven’t bothered picking up my habit again because I’ve been doing so well without it.

Lately, however, I’ve been craving some sweetness so today I came home from work and made some Raw Energy Bites.  These are like little healthy cookies and they are so delicious.  And healthy.  And Easy.  And delicious.  🙂

The base of these Bites are sugar and gluten free.  Here’s what you need*:

*I use a small food processor so I make several small batches.  Recipe below is for 1 small batch

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (I use all natural peanut butter.  You can also sub another nut butter of your choice if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons roasted, unsalted nuts (Today I used hazelnuts, but I’ve used peanuts and almonds in the past)
  • 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder (to taste)
  • optional*: chocolate or carob chips, either before or after blending (or both!), flax seed, coconut, cinnamon

* Because I made several batches today I used different ingredients for the optional; the first batch I used carob chips.  The second batch I used flax seed and unsweetened shredded coconut, etc.  You can add in berries or roll the bites in ground cinnamon or ground nuts.  Whatever you like.

{I heat the raisins in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.  This is not mandatory but I threw the raisins into the processor once without warming them and broke the processor.  I also ground a larger amount of nuts at one time and just added them into the recipe as I went.}

To Make: Throw everything into a food processor and combine until very smooth. Roll into balls, cookies, or bars.  Keep refrigerated.

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Keep them at your desk or serve 'em up to friends

Keep them at your desk or serve ’em up to friends

Enjoy.

~Fit Bitch