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Fueling Our Healthy Pace - Snacking

By Hilliary Meisner on 01/29/2016 | 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! 

Easy on-the-go snacking

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!

Homemade Energy Bites 

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

Ingredients

1 ½ cups rolled oats (gluten-free, if needed)

1 cup peanut butter (or nut butter of choice, almond butter would be delicious!)

⅓ 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.)

Directions

 - 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!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars Pumpkin and Chia Seeds

Almond Chocolate Cherry Snack Bars

 

Enjoy and Happy Snacking!

 

Hilliary Meisner

Author

Hilliary Meisner is a former ballerina turned runner.  She traded in her point shoes and tutu 6 years ago for running shoes and hasn't stopped running since.   Hilliary is the writer, recipe developer and photographer behind the food blog Brunch N'Cupcakes, which she started as a creative outlet and way to share healthy recipes with family and friends.  Hilliary has served as a coach for Girls on the Run Twin Cities, MN, and has also run as a Girls on the Run Solemate.  When Hilliary is not busy running or making a mess in the kitchen she loves spending time with her husband and family, hiking, brunching and hunting for the best Red Velvet cupcake in Minneapolis!  

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