Anyone that knows me knows I ALWAYS have food with me. I can’t go on road trips without loading down on munchies, and panic if I head to someone’s house not knowing if there is any food present. (These might be some things I should look into working on.) Whenever I’m in the throes of busy season (10 months out of the year), the first thing to go are healthy eating habits. I’ve found that food prep is imperative to being sure I eat well when I’m running crazy, and eating well is imperative to managing stress, feeling bomb, avoiding the “wedding hangover”, and having the energy to just stay alive. I’ve put together a few of my favorite snacks I can grab on the way out the door!
I made these energy-packed balls recently, and I’m OBSESSED. I’ve tried different recipes, and veered off to make my own, and if I’m being super honest, they’re the best I’ve had. After refrigerated for a day, they taste like—dare I say it—a little less sweet ball of cookie dough! Another great fact? They can easily be turned into a Paleo or Raw snack. And let’s just say most dough doesn’t actually get turned into cookies at my house, so I’m pretty pumped about this discovery. These little balls of dynamite can be a little frustrating to make (keeping it real) due to the stickiness of the figs, but I promise, it’s worth it!
Grab-n-Go Energy Balls
3/4 cup of almond butter
1/2 cup cashews
1 cup pitted figs
1/2 cup prunes
1 T chia seeds
1 T ground flax
1/2 cup oats*
1 tsp Manuka (or raw) honey * (optional)
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips* (optional)
(*leave out for paleo)
1. Put figs, prunes, and cashews in food processor (I use my Vitamix, which takes some finessing and lots of patience) until well mixed together (I don’t mind it still having good texture).
2. Combine fig mixture with rest of ingredients and mix (I’ve found it best to use my hands). Use your hands to create 1-in balls. Store in airtight container in the fridge! Viola!
Chia Pudding Jars
3 T chia seeds
1/2 T maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup cold unsweetened vanilla almond milk
sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)
optional toppings: raspberry, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, coconut shaving, mango, papaya, banana, cocoa kernels, the possibilities are endless!
INSTRUCTIONS: Pour maple syrup, vanilla, cold milk, and chia seeds (in that order) in mason jars. Stir slowly. Let sit for 5 minutes, stir again to prevent clumping. Refrigerate overnight.
Top with fruit, cocoa, coconut, or whatever your little heart desires!
This is SO easy, but SO convenient.
1/4 cup of your favorite hummus
raw veggies cut to jar size (baby carrots work perfectly)
INSTRUCTIONS: Spoon your favorite hummus into the bottom of a jar (I use 8oz canning jars), and stick your favorite veggies in. Some of my faves are carrots, bell pepper, and cucumber!
Starbuck’s-Inspired Snack Pack
You have so much flexibility and room for creativity with these. I have to eat 4 times a day or ya girl gets HANGRY. These are a good way to pack in some extra protein + good fats and cater to my sweet tooth. I like to add:
Nuts (almonds, cashews, or pistachios)
1 hard boiled egg
a few grapes or apple slices (squeeze lemon juice over the apples to keep from browning)
carrots (or cheese if I’m feeling like a party)
a couple chocolate covered almonds for a sweet + salty treat.
(I use these divided meal containers all the time!)
They say you eat what you see, so we always have some healthy snack options on the counter. This rack is filled with
chocolate covered almonds for my sweet tooth cravings
and snack bars
It keeps us from grabbing chips and salsa or me making a full on cheese board when I need a little pick me up.