I am all about the healthy snacks. Click the snack category in my recipe index and you'll find plenty of evidence. Snacks give me the energy I need to take care of my kids, work, and home, and I find myself hungry and wanting a snack multiple times each day. Without plenty of healthy snack options, and some planning ahead, I'd be reaching for the cookies and cereal all day long.
I have a few tricks up my sleeve that help me keep my healthy eating goals and snack for energy. I hope these simple tricks for healthy snacking will help you stay on track with your nutrition goals, too. Life is busy, and these tips are things that you can easily incorporate into your packed schedule.
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These chewy No-Bake Granola Bars are packed with oats, crispy rice cereal, and toasted coconut. You can mix up a batch in just 10 minutes, and then comes the hard part – waiting for them to chill in the refrigerator before you can dig in!
These No-Bake Granola Bars have been a long time in the making. I think it was about a year ago when I tried my first no-bake granola bar recipe. Unfortunately, those bars did not work out so well. They were way too sweet, and fell apart when you tried to eat them.
Since then I've done quite a few experiments with no-bake bars. My first big success was these Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars. If you haven't tried them yet and you're a peanut butter ... [Continue Reading]
A whole grain muffin that not only tastes amazing (hello dark chocolate chips!), but also is packed with good-for-you ingredients like flaxseed and almond butter. Bake up a batch of these Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins today!
Muffins. Almond butter. Dark chocolate. These are three of my very favorite things. Today we're combining them into a skinny muffin that's perfectly snackable. These Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins are a new favorite in my house and I think they will be in yours too!
I made these Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins with almond butter because I wanted Julia to eat them and she won't touch anything made with peanut butter. Almond butter, however, she likes ... [Continue Reading]
These Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars have a rich peanut butter flavor and take just 10 minutes to make.
Those of you who are regular readers know how much I love to make (and eat!) homemade snacks. So it should come as no surprise to you that I've used some of my rare moments of free time lately to create these no bake Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars.
These no bake bars are the perfect thing to make when you are short on time yet still want a satisfying and delicious snack. You can make them in just minutes and you likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry. The only thing that you might not have is the puffed brown rice cereal, but once you make these bars I think you'll be ... [Continue Reading]
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A healthy whole-wheat muffin made with flaxseed, these Skinny Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins are bursting with chocolate chips and topped with crunchy almonds.
I have a serious thing for muffins. What's not to love? Muffins work for breakfast, a snack, or even a healthier dessert in the case of these Skinny Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins. They are incredibly quick and easy to make, often requiring no more than two bowls and a spoon. And they are freezer-friendly, making them a perfect grab-and-go breakfast.
One of my favorite things about muffins is ... [Continue Reading]
This Apple-Pear Oatmeal Smoothie is a deliciously healthy way to start your day. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and pure vanilla extract bring the flavors of apple pie to this creamy oat smoothie.
Have you joined in the oatmeal smoothie craze yet? Ok, maybe it's not so much of a craze, but they are crazy good! Oat smoothies are great for a quick, healthy, and filling breakfast, and they also make a nutritious snack later in the day.
My Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie is one of my most popular recipes, so I figured you guys might like a new breakfast smoothie to add to your rotation! This Apple-Pear Oatmeal Smoothie is loaded with healthy ingredients, including oats, Greek yogurt, apple, ... [Continue Reading]
These Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies are filled with whole grains and flaxseed, and naturally sweetened with honey. They keep well in the freezer, for an easy grab and go breakfast or snack.
As I type this, I am 38 weeks, two days pregnant and waiting for my baby girl to arrive. It could be any day now, or she could take her sweet time. Either way, I'm praying for a healthy little girl who I just know will complete our family perfectly.
In the meantime, I'm enjoying these last few days of pregnancy. (I'm one of those who actually enjoys being pregnant, even despite the normal aches and pains, at least once the first trimester icky feelings go away.) I'm enjoying spending time ... [Continue Reading]
30 healthy, homemade snacks to satisfy any craving. From sweet to salty to crunchy to creamy, there's something on this list for everyone!
I love snacks. I pretty much eat all day long, with a meal or snack at least every couple of hours. (Even when I'm not eating for two!) I have my go-to favorite snacks, but I also like to mix things up once in a while and try some new ideas. With my recent commitment to stop buying packaged snacks, I decided a list of my favorite homemade snacks plus lots of new ideas would be a great resource going into the new year.
I've searched through some of my favorite blogs to put together an awesome collection of healthy snack options for you (and me, ... [Continue Reading]
A healthy smoothie made with Greek yogurt, almond butter, banana, and cocoa powder. Full of protein and nutrition, and guess what? It tastes like dessert!
Happy New Year!!! Are you making any new year's resolutions this year? I'm not setting too many goals, other than figuring out how to balance being a mom of 3 (only a few weeks until baby girl arrives!) with all of my other work and household responsibilities. I do want to remember to slow down and enjoy each day. I have a tendency to get so wrapped up in my to-do lists that I sometimes forget to enjoy all of the little moments along the way. I want to remember 2015 as a year filled with memorable moments with my kids and ... [Continue Reading]
Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars are the perfect homemade snack for fall. Warm spices, apples, raisins, and oats... these bars have it all!
As you know, homemade snacks are one of my favorite things to make. Lately I've been especially loving homemade granola bars and breakfast cookies. I've tried a number of granola bar recipes, and even have a few new ones that I'm excited to test out. My latest creation are these Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars.
These bars are full of good-for-you ingredients, including oats, flaxseed, apples, and cinnamon. They are lightly sweetened with maple syrup as well as natural sweetness from the apples and raisins. If ... [Continue Reading]
These Homemade Graham Crackers are full of whole grains and the warm, spicy flavors of cinnamon and cloves. Once you take your first bite (and see how easy they are to make), you'll be hooked on these Homemade Whole Grain Graham Crackers!
It's been a while since my last post. All of a sudden work got super crazy, and I've been spending most evenings grading papers and doing other school work. Add in a weekend camping trip, a broken washing machine (now replaced), and all of the other day-to-day stuff that's involved in caring for two kids, and blogging time has been hard to find.
I was determined not to let another week pass without sharing a recipe with you, though, so here ... [Continue Reading]
Pumpkin and apple are the perfect pairing in this fall breakfast smoothie. This healthy Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie is made with a pinch of pumpkin pie spice and will keep you full for hours!
Pumpkin this and pumpkin that have been all over the internet lately. The same goes for apple treats. I decided the natural next step was to put the two seasonal favorites together!
This smoothie. It is good. It tastes like dessert, even though it's full of healthy ingredients. It will keep you full for hours, making it the perfect breakfast for yourself and your kids. My two absolutely love this Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie, and I can blend it up in less than 5 minutes - a must for busy ... [Continue Reading]
These Pineapple-Peach Yogurt Popsicles are made with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt. Cool, creamy, and refreshing, you will love these popsicles!
Happy Friday! I'm SO excited to be guest posting for Kelly over at The Pretty Bee today! Kelly's blog is one of my absolute favorites. She shares healthy and delicious recipes, many of which are allergy-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan. I am always learning new kitchen tricks from her!
These healthy pineapple-peach yogurt popsicles are made with just 4 ingredients. Easy to make, and fun to eat, you will love these popsicles! Head on over to The Pretty Bee for the recipe! ... [Continue Reading]
Apple Dippers with Honey-Cinnamon Yogurt are a nutritious snack that can be prepared in less than 5 minutes. This recipe is part of my Healthy Bites for Kids series, featuring easy recipes for breakfasts, lunches and snacks. While I've designed these recipes to be enjoyed by kids, adults will love them too!
I'm starting a new series on the blog today! I am super excited about this Healthy Bites for Kids series, because it allows me to combine my passions for cooking, healthy eating, and kids (I am a mom and teacher, after all!). We'll get to these Apple Dippers with Honey-Cinnamon Yogurt in a minute. (Don't they look scrumptious?!)
If you don't have kids or grandkids, you'll ... [Continue Reading]
No-Bake Energy Bites are one of my very favorite things. These bites have oats, coconut, nut butter, flaxseed, and mini chocolate chips, all rolled into easy to grab little bites. They are a perfect snack for kids and adults alike!
Let's talk about these No-Bake Energy Bites. They are just about the best snack ever. They're easy to make (hello no-bake!), fun to eat, and so delicious. Plus, other than the sugar from the honey and chocolate chips, they are made with all healthy ingredients. You could leave out the chocolate chips or replace them with some dried fruit, but they are pretty tasty as is.
I make a batch of these energy bites just about every week, because they are so ... [Continue Reading]
You won't be able to resist these bite-sized treats! Homemade Vanilla Wafers in chocolate and vanilla. Why choose... try them both!
I can remember eating Nilla wafers from the yellow box since I was a kid. I don't know what it is about them, but they are addicting! When I was pregnant with both Julia and William I would often snack on a few Nilla wafers, with a spread of peanut butter on each one. (If you've never tried that, you must. Sooo good.) Since Julia saw me eating Nilla wafers while pregnant with William, she of course tried them and they quickly became a favorite of hers too.
I haven't bought Nilla wafers from the store for a while, since they have some ingredients that ... [Continue Reading]
Homemade Whole Grain Fruit Bars are the perfect treat to add to your lunchbox. Made with real ingredients, kids and adults alike will love these bars!
These Whole Grain Fruit Bars are my latest addiction. I love how easy they are to make. I love that they are whole grain and contain only recognizable ingredients. I love that these fruit bars can pass for both a snack or healthy dessert. In my efforts to pack nutritious lunches made from real foods for both myself and my kids, I've been making up a batch of these every few weeks. They make a great lunchbox addition or after-school snack, paired with a cold glass of milk of course.
You know those fruit-filled cereal bars that you can buy ... [Continue Reading]
A good-for-you green smoothie made with kale, peaches, mango, and Greek yogurt. Full of protein and fiber, this smoothie will give you the energy boost you need to tackle your day!
Happy Wednesday! How can it be that January is almost over? It seems like it was just a few days ago that I was writing this New Year's post. I know they say that when raising young children the days go by slowly and the years fly by, but around here it seems that it's the days, weeks... everything that go by especially quickly. A busy, full life will do that I suppose. Happily, it's full of great things like snuggles with my sweet kids, story time, watercolor painting, and playtime at the park.
Today I'm ... [Continue Reading]