Today we’re talking about how to squash cravings and prepare healthy (quick) snacks to keep up with the hustle and bustle of our daily lives.
Practicality meets whole food amazingness… Fun!
POWER POSSE POST BY SHELLY WEST
I want to talk a little bit about impulse eating and buying. I am a planner. I prepare a list of the meals I plan to have for the week as a way for me to keep me on track with my diet and budget. Prepping the list also helps me avoid snacking on cookie dough for dinner. If it’s not on the list, I don’t buy or eat it!
My potential downfall are my in-between meal time cravings. At work, my snack choices are a candy vending machine or a soda vending machine. When all my co-workers take their afternoon break around having a snickers bar – it’s hard for me to not want to munch on some chocolate myself. So finally, after another afternoon that turned bitter from gazing at all the candy wrappers, I invented these vegan German chocolate bites.
These bites are packed full of protein (to keep you energized and get you through the rest of the afternoon), filled with vitamins (including Vitamin A, B, and E), and have a healthy dose of fiber – none of the features from a snickers bar! They are vegan and sweetened with dates. Feel free to experiment: mix and match whatever nut butters you have on hand, or roll them in whatever dried fruit/nut you’re in the mood for.
Snacking is inevitable so instead of impulse shopping at the nearest gas station, I encourage you to stock up on some weekly snacks on Sunday that will carry you over for the week.
My favorite quick snacks include:
- Fruit salads. Mix of fruits like apples, peaches, whatever is in season and cheapest to buy.
- Nuts. Almonds (good for your bones), hazelnuts (help reduce allergies), Brazil nuts (packed with selenium, an antioxidant). I’m an almond addict but find a nut that you really enjoy and are going to look forward to digging into.
- Homemade treats. Sweet potato hummus with vegetables, quinoa granola, or these chocolate bites!
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- 1 cup pitted dates (soaked in water for 1 hour, then drained)
- 1 cup raw pecans, chopped
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup almond or pecan butter
- ⅛ cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- In a food processor, pulse the dates, pecans, vanilla, salt, cocoa powder, and almond butter. Add water (1/4 cup at a time) until the dough come together and forms a ball.
- Lay out coconut on a plate and place a piece of wax paper on another plate. Take a tablespoon (or 2 for bigger balls) of dough with your clean hands and roll it in the coconut. Transfer to wax paper and repeat with the rest of the dough.
- Stick in the fridge for at least an hour and then enjoy! Keep in a plastic container in the fridge for up to five days.
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Author bio: Shelly is the author of Vegetarian Ventures. VV is a vegetarian food blog that shares vegetarian and vegan recipes with a twist of adventure and inspiration. 20-something and fresh out of college, Shelly lives in the heart of the United States. She’s been a vegetarian for over 10 years and is constantly seeking a healthier (but delicious!) cooking routine.
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What’s your favorite healthy snack?
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