I’m a firm believer that health is so individual and that what works for one person might not work for another. If you’re one of those people who eats three square meals a day and never thinks about having a snack, power to ya. But I ask you, how do you do it?!!! Is it some kind of magic?! I LOVE to snack. Snacks all day, every day. I graze like a cow. Probably because I love to eat but also because getting too hungry is just not an option for me. That’s why today I’m talkin Snacks 101 and the importance of reaching for nutritious and satiating choices that keep you full and fueled.
Unfortunately, I am notorious for getting hangry and losing my mind when I get to the point where I’m starving. Not an uncommon thing for many people. But, over the years I’ve realized that it truly pays to plan ahead in order to never let myself get to that point. Why not take the time to plan ahead so I can avoid the inevitable pain, deep existential thinking, and potential danger my hangriness poses to loved ones or even anyone in a 50ft. radius.
If it sounds like a pain to prep healthy snacks ahead of time, lemme tell you that it’s so worth it. We’re all so busy and have mile long to-do lists, but that’s all the more reason to make your health a priority and keep that bod of yours in tip top shape. And if you’re having trouble motivating yourself to snack prep, try making things that are fun or new or exciting, like these Chocolate Dipped Superfood Frozen Bananas or Chia Seed Pudding with an infinite amount of topping possibilities.
It pays to be snack-tive
Making healthy snacking a habit has tons of benefits, like providing you with the energy to get you over the midday slump, boosting your metabolism and keeping you from overeating at mealtime (1). Bananas are packed with fiber, which regulates digestion and potassium, which helps maintain normal blood pressure and heart function (2). Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and their combination of fiber and protein keep you feeling fuller, longer (3). If you’re gonna put the time, effort, and money into snacking, why not have it benefit your long term health too, no?? Life’s too short for shitty snacks.
My personal favorite snack options:
Bananas— always stocked, so portable and satisfying
Banana and tahini… or any nut butter
Toasted sunflower seeds
Sweet potato wedges
Part of what Roots and Sol is all about, is me scouring the web to bring you easy and delish recipes inspired by other bloggers, so you don’t have to! For years, Nutrition Stripped has been one of my absolute favorite blogs, sources of nutrition information and inspiration. McKell is the creative force behind these two uh-mazing snack recipes that I’m sharing with you today and I know you’re gonna love them both!
Chia Seed Pudding:
My topping choices: raspberries, cacao nibs, coconut flakes
For a long time, the consistency of chia seeds turned me way off. But the trick to an appetizing consistency is to not make it too thick.
Topping options and add-ins are endless!
Brainstorm— cocoa powder, almond extract, honey, maple syrup, lemon zest, banana slices, chopped nuts or seeds, dried fruits, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, chocolate chips, goji berries, nut or seed butter.
Chocolate Dipped Superfood Frozen Bananas:
My topping choices:raw sunflower seeds, cacao nibs & cayenne, toasted coconut, blueberries, tahini & cinnamon, coconut flakes, raspberries & chocolate drizzle, chia seeds
The chocolate sauce is good on EVERYTHING and the perfect alternative to store bought chocolate because you know exactly what’s in it. Cool, eh?
For extra chocolatey goodness freeze after dipping in chocolate once, and then dip again.
Use a cup instead of a bowl for dipping the frozen bananas into the chocolate sauce to make it easier.
Topping options are just as endless as Chia Seed Pudding (see above ^^)
It doesn’t have to be perfect. Have fun with it!
Store in an airtight container in the freezer.
Eat immediately after removing from the freezer.