All tagged Snack

Chewy Trail Mix Bars | Raw, Vegan |

Chewy Trail Mix Bars are so incredibly yummy and nutritious, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make them soon!  One of the simplest recipes, Chewy Trail Mix Bars come together in 10 minutes, and will give you a satisfyingly sweet (but not too sweet!) breakfast or snack to enjoy on the go and during your busy day.  And when you make your own bars at home, you can be sure there are no preservatives, artificial and “natural” flavors, and other weird ingredients.  Wholesome and oh so good, these Chewy Trail Mix Bars will please child and adult alike 😊

Serves: 12

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

What (your ingredients):

10 dates

½ cup creamy peanut butter (drippy, natural)

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

2 cup oats

¼ cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup pumpkin seeds

¼ cup goji berries

How (your directions):

Line a medium baking dish (7x11) with parchment paper and set aside. 

Add dates to a bowl and cover with water.  Microwave on high for 60 seconds.  Dates should be gooey and sticky.  Remove the pits and add dates to a food processor.

Blend dates on high until a sticky paste forms.  Add peanut butter, maple syrup, salt, and cinnamon.  Blend on high until a dough ball forms. 

In a large bowl, add oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and goji berries.  Stir to evenly distribute ingredients.

Using your hands, take the date and peanut butter dough ball and add it to the dry ingredients.  Knead dry ingredients into the date and peanut butter dough until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.

Press dough firmly into the parchment-lined backing dish.  Refrigerate for 15 minutes. 

Remove from pan by lifting the parchment paper out of the baking dish.

Slice into 10 bars.  Enjoy immediately, or store in an airtight container for 5-7 days.

Why (the science):  The oats, nuts, seeds, and dates make these bars the ultimate energy boosting snack or breakfast on the go!  Keeping your blood sugar stable throughout the day is the key to improved mood, focus, and productivity. 

Mexican Hot Chocolate Superfood Raw Brownies | Vegan, GF |

Serves: 6-12 people (makes 12 brownies)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

What (your ingredients):

1 cup pecans

1 cup sliced almonds

12 dates, pits removed (Tip: if your dates are not sticky, soak them in boiling water for 5-10 minutes)

¼ cup cacao powder

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Toppings: pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries

How (your directions):

Add all ingredients (except toppings) to a food processor.

Blend for 1-2 minutes, until a dough forms.  Hint: if you can pinch the dough together between your fingers, the dough is ready.  If the dough does not stick together, add 1 teaspoon warm water and blend for 30 seconds. 

Pinch off 2-3 tablespoons of dough at a time, and press dough into each muffin cup in a silicone muffin mold (or into a lined muffin tin).  Repeat with remaining dough.

Press toppings onto each brownie.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes to firm. 

Store in an airtight container for 5-7 days.

Why (the science):  The protein and fiber from the nuts, seeds, and dates will keep your blood sugar levels stable, meaning it’s the perfect pick-me-up snack for steady energy.  Stable blood sugar means better mood and reduced levels of anxiety!

Vegan Raspberry Muffins

Light and fluffy Vegan Raspberry Muffins are the perfect meal prep breakfast to enjoy throughout the week.  You’ll be absolutely adored if you make these for someone special on Valentine’s Day!  These muffins are significantly lower in sugar than traditional muffins, and the raspberry preserves help sweeten the muffin and add extra raspberry flavor.  The whole wheat pastry flour is my secret nutrition weapon when it comes to baking- it’s whole wheat (hello, health benefits of fiber and vitamin E for blood sugar control) but is light and fine like all purpose flour. 

Serves: 8

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

What (your ingredients):

1 tablespoon flax meal

3 tablespoons water

1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour

2 tablespoons cane sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¾ cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tablespoons melted vegan butter

2 tablespoons raspberry preserves

1 cup raspberries

How (your directions):

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Line a muffin tin with 8 liners, then set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix together flax meal and water.  Set aside while preparing dry ingredients.

To a large bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Whisk to combine.

Once the flax egg has thickened, add almond milk, melted butter, and raspberry preserves to the flax egg.  Stir to combine.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until flour is just moistened. 

Fold in raspberries evenly through batter.

Using an ice cream scoop, evenly distribute batter among the lined muffin tin.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove muffins from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 3 minutes. 

Transfer muffins to a cooling rack.

Enjoy warm, room temperature, or toasted for breakfast throughout the week!

Why (the science):  Raspberries are rich in the antioxidant, ellagic acid, which reduces inflammation in the body and repairs DNA.

Lemon Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls

Lemon Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls are the perfect snack to meal prep for the week ahead- they take 10 minutes to make, require zero cooking, lasts 5-7 days, and can be breakfast on the go, a snack, or preworkout fuel.  Does it get any better!? Plus, you know you’re reaching for something healthy when you crave something sweet and grab two of these.  Wholesome and delicious, these Lemon Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls will make your meal prep list every week.

Serves: 5 (makes 12-13 energy balls)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

What (your ingredients):

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup raw whole cashews

Pinch of Himalayan pink salt

6 dates, pits removed

¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

¼ cup dried blueberries

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

How (your directions):

Add all ingredients to a food processor.

Blend for 1-2 minutes, until one large dough ball forms.

Pinch off 2 tablespoons of dough at a time, and roll into an energy ball.

Store in an airtight container for 5-7 days.

Why (the science):  The protein and fiber from oats and cashews will keep your blood sugar levels stable, meaning it’s the perfect pick-me-up snack for steady energy.

Golden Milk

Looking for a cozy and warming drink to help you through the impending Midwest winter?  Try Golden Milk, a dairy-free and caffeine-free drink to stop inflammation in its tracks!  The pepper and coconut oil help you absorb more of the turmeric’s superpowers, so be sure to add them to your Golden Milk.

Serves: 1

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cooking Time: 3 minutes

What (your ingredients):

1.5 cups oat milk or unsweetened almond milk

½ teaspoon turmeric

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch of black pepper

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)

How (your directions):

Add all ingredients to a saucepan, and heat over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.  Whisk constantly. 

Tip: If you want your Golden Milk even frothier, add the warm drink mixture to a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds.  Enjoy immediately.

Why (the science): Turmeric is both gut-healing to improve your immune system and manage your weight, as well a brain health booster!

Fruit Sushi with Pomegranate "Roe"

How gorgeous are these fruit sushi rolls?  These would be perfect in a child’s lunch box or as a filling snack!  They would even be adorable displayed on a platter for dessert 😊

Serves: 1

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

What (your ingredients):

1 beet whole grain wrap (Angelic Bakehouse)

1 tablespoon almond butter

1 banana

3 tablespoons pomegranate arils

How (your directions):

Spread almond butter onto one side of the wrap.  Place whole banana onto almond butter at the top third of the wrap, then roll wrap until banana is snugly inside the wrap.

Using a sharp serrated knife, cut of the tip ends of the wrap, as they don’t hold together as well.  Then slice the remaining wrap into six even slices.

Top with pomegranate arils.

Enjoy immediately 😊

Why (the science):  Snacks that provide satiety are ones that contain a protein, carb, and healthy fat.  Instead of a boring banana that may not keep you full for long, this snack will keep your energy levels up with the addition of a fiber-rich wrap and protein-rich almond butter! 

Vegan Jalapeño Poppers

Yummy, comforting appetizers can be made healthy and plant-based with just a few tweaks.  Jalapeño poppers are often breaded then deep fried, but these skip the breading and are roasted!  Removing the seeds and with pith remove some of the heat, and roasting the peppers make them soft and smoky.  Replace the cream cheese and cheddar cheese with vegan alternatives, and you have a nutritious appetizer ready in a flash!  These Vegan Jalapeño Poppers are simply awesome 😊

Serves: 4-5

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

What (your ingredients):

5 jalapeño peppers

1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I used So Delicious vegan cheddar)

1/3 cup cream cheese (Kite Hill makes an awesome vegan almond cream cheese)

Pinch of salt and pepper

How (your directions):

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Slice jalapeño peppers in half, then remove the seeds and white pith (very spicy).

Place pepper halves onto a baking sheet.

In a small bowl, combine shredded cheddar, cream cheese, salt, and pepper.

Using a spoon, spread about 1 tablespoon of cheese mixture into each pepper halve until all cheese mixture has been used. 

Roast peppers for 15 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly, and then serve!

Why (the science):  Jalapeño peppers are rich in capsaicin, which is responsible for that fiery heat.  Capsaicin is a nature pain-reliever!

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies | Paleo, GF, Dairy-Free |

Wow, these cookies taste like the real deal- you know, the chocolate chip cookies of your childhood?! Except these have no flour and no refined sugar...Hello, Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Serves: 9

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

What (your ingredients):

4 tablespoons coconut oil, solid

3 tablespoons honey

1 egg

Generous teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 2/3 cup almond meal

1 tablespoon coconut flour

1/3 cup chocolate chips

How (your directions):

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.

Using a hand-mixer, mix together solid oil and honey.  Add egg and mix until combined.

Add vanilla extract, salt, baking powder, almond meal, and coconut flour and mix until combined.

Using a spatula, stir in chocolate chips until evenly distributed.

Bake for 15 minutes, then allow to cool slightly on baking rack.

Enjoy immediately or store cooled cookies in an airtight container.

Why (the science):  Almond flour provides protein, heart-healthy omega-3's, and calcium for strong bones!

 

Lemon Lavender Energy Balls |+ Video|

Many treats with lavender are often in form of shortbread cookies or pound cakes, but these Lemon Lavender Energy Balls have zero added sugar (or butter or flour)!  Bring 2-3 energy balls for an easy on-the-go snack.  Perfect for that afternoon energy slump 😊

Serves: 4-5 (Makes 14 balls)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

What (your ingredients):

1 cup raw cashews

1 cup dates

1 teaspoon culinary lavender

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

Coconut oil for hands

Desiccated coconut for rolling

How (your directions):

Blend cashews, dates, lavender, lemon zest, and lemon juice in food processor until it forms a ball.

Rub a small amount of coconut oil between your hands.  Pinch a tablespoon of dough into your hands, and roll into a ball.

Roll the ball into desiccated coconut.  Repeat with rest of dough.

Store in an airtight container for one week!

Why (the science):  Lavender has relaxing properties, found not only in breathing the aroma but also in its edible form!  These Lemon Lavender Energy Balls can help naturally relieve anxiety and stress.

Kale Chips made with the Microwave!

Crave a salty and crispy snack at 3 PM?  Friends about to drop by and need a lightning speed appetizer to munch on?  Homemade kale chips made in the microwave are ready to devour in only 5 minutes!  Get creative with the spices for fun flavored chips, or have your friends or kids choose their own spices.  Snacking can be healthy, fast, easy, and yummy 😊

Serves: 1

Prep time: 0

Cooking time: 5 minutes

What (your ingredients):

2 stalks of kale

1 teaspoon avocado oil or olive oil

Pinch of salt

How (your directions):

Tear curly kale into large pieces and discard the stalk.

Massage with oil to make sure kale pieces are thoroughly coated.  Then sprinkle with salt.

Tip: You could be adventurous and add a dash of your favorite seasonings-garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, etc.

Distribute kale pieces onto plate, allowing a small amount of room between each piece.

Microwave 3 minutes.  After 3 minutes, if the kale is not a “chip” yet, continue to microwave, checking every 1 minute.  My chips took a total of 5 minutes to create a crispy chip.

Enjoy immediately!

Why (the science):  I hardly need to mention the health benefits of kale, since it has been a trending vegetable for a few years now!  But now enjoy kale as a crispy chip that only takes 5 minutes and is flavored to your liking 😊

Strawberry Pepper Gazpacho

Strawberry Pepper Gazpacho is sweet with a kick!  The strawberries balance the spiciness of the jalapeno, and the peppers add body and texture to this bountiful summer soup.  I poured my gazpacho into two clean pasta sauce jars, making these the perfect grab-and-go meals or afternoon snacks.  Because it can be enjoyed cold or room temperature, strawberry pepper gazpacho can be enjoyed anywhere, be that work, school, outdoor festival, or picnic!

Serves: 2

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

What (your ingredients):

1 lb. strawberries, rinsed (keep the green stems on!)

1 yellow pepper

1 orange pepper

6-8 small tomatoes

1 jalapeno, veins and seeds removed

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

How (your directions):

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until almost smooth but leaving a little texture.

Serve immediately or keep in the fridge for 4 days.

Enjoy!

Why (the science):  With colors like orange, yellow, and red, this soup is truly overflowing with vitamin C and antioxidants 😊

 

*Recipe updated from Purple Carrot

Low Sugar Strawberry Smoothie | + Video |

When you have organic strawberries, you can blend them directly into this Low Sugar Strawberry Smoothie without removing the green stems- talk about a time-saver!  This chia seeds thicken the longer they sit in the smoothie, ensuring a thick and luscious drink.  No watered down or icy consistency here 😊

Serves: 1

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 0

What (your ingredients):

1 cup organic strawberries

½ cup frozen banana

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tablespoon chia seeds

How (your directions):

In a highspeed blender, blend strawberries, banana, and almond milk.

Pour into a cup, then stir in chia seeds.

Enjoy immediately, take on the go, or save for later!

Why (the science):  Chia seeds are fiber powerhouses, which means they slow the rate of digestion.  No sugar highs and crashes, just a slow release of refreshing energy!  This Low Sugar Strawberry Smoothie is also made with unsweetened almond milk instead of juice, which helps cut down on a lot of sugar, too.

Matcha and Cacao Truffles

Yes, truffles can be nutritious!  Made with nuts, seeds, fruit, and citrus zest, these truffles are gilded with superfood powders to give you long-lasting energy…truffles for breakfast anyone?

Why (the science):  Matcha powder provides an “alert calm” to get you through an afternoon slump, while cacao powder is a great source of fiber and iron.  Who knew?!