Posted Hilliary Meisner on 1/29/2016 |Featured Columns & Series
At Girls on the Run we learn the importance of healthy habits like brushing our teeth, exercising and wearing sunscreen. We also learn that we need to take care of our bodies both emotionally and physically. Snacking is one of the healthy habits we can practice daily that will help keep our bodies strong, and help us fuel our healthy pace.
Today I want to talk to you about healthy snacking, because snacking is a huge part of my day! With my on-the-go busy lifestyle (family, friends, running, job, commute…etc.) I always make sure I have a healthy snack on me so I can combat hunger whenever it strikes. Healthy snacks help me keep my body physically healthy, keep my body fueled and energized in-between my larger meals, and help me stay focused and sharp at work. I find that healthy snacking along with balanced meals help keep me happy and fueled so I can be the best version of myself.
Below are a few of my go-to snack options that are easy, portable and delicious! I hope you enjoy them!
Apple Slices with Cinnamon and Nut Butter
I love cutting up an apple (my favorite is Honey Crisp or Gala) and sprinkling it with a little honey. For a little protein and healthy fat punch, I serve my apple slices up with my favorite nut butter; peanut butter and almond butter are two of my favorites. For on-the-go snacking, skip cutting the apple and grab a single serve nut butter packet like Jiff or Justin’s - portable and delicious!
Freeze-Dried Fruit with Granola and Nuts
This is one of my new favorite snacks and is great for satisfying a crunchy craving! I simply toss one serving of freeze-dried fruit in a snack bag with a tablespoon or two of my favorite all-natural granola, and my favorite nuts (I love chopped walnuts). I can easily throw this snack in my gym bag or work bag for convenient anytime snacking!
Easy-Peasy Snack Mix
I love tossing a bunch of “snack” items together in a large container and portioning out individual servings into snack bags for easy grab-and-go snacking. Below are a few of my favorite combos!
o GORP (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts): A classic camp staple and so easy and delicious to make! Toss together one jar of dry roasted peanuts, ½ bag of chocolate chips, and 1-2 cups of raisins! Portion out about ¼ cup per serving in a snack baggy and enjoy!
o Crunchy Cereal Mix: A great snack full of different textures and flavors. Combine 2 cups of your favorite Cheerios or other small cereal, one jar of dry roasted peanuts, ½ bag of chocolate chips, 1 cup of raisins, and 2 cups of pretzels. Portion out about ¼ cup into individual snack bags and enjoy!
These sweet little treats are loaded with good-for-you ingredients, and are the perfect grab-and-go snack! Nut butter provides a dose of healthy fats and protein while the oatmeal provides whole grains. My go-to energy bites are lightly sweetened with honey and dried fruit! Chocolate chips add a little indulgence to help with sweet cravings. Use the recipe below as a starting point and throw in your favorite ingredients.
Brunch N’Cupcakes Go-To Energy Bites
1 ½ cups rolled oats (gluten-free, if needed)
1 cup peanut butter (or nut butter of choice, almond butter would be delicious!)
â…“ cup honey (less if want them not as sweet)
½ cup chocolate chips or other favorite mix-in (butterscotch chips, chopped nuts, etc.)
½ cup dried cranberries or other favorite dried fruit (apricots, cherries, etc.)
- Combine peanut butter and honey in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds.
- Remove bowl from microwave and stir until peanut butter and honey are well combined.
- Carefully pour oats into honey and peanut butter mixture. Stir well to make sure all the oats are covered.
- Next, carefully stir in your chocolate chips and dried cranberries (or other mix-ins).
- Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place formed balls in refrigerator and let set for an hour. Keeps well in fridge for up to a week, makes about 20 energy bites!
Also, check out these other favorite energy balls and bars from my food blog Brunch N’Cupcakes!
Enjoy and Happy Snacking!