Healthy Snacks

Life is busy

Between work, school, home and your social life, sometimes it may feel like there's no time for healthy snacks. And when you do stop to eat, it's always tempting to go the quick and easy route, by grabbing something quick like a coffee/pop, chocolate bar, chips or even some fast food such as a burger and fries.

If you have a hectic schedule, eating healthy snacks that give you the fuel you need to keep your energy level high and your mind alert without taking up a lot of your time is key.

Check out these healthy snack ideas…

Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten & egg free)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil solid and slightly softened (similar to softened butter)

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seed butter (any nut butter will do, you can also use tahini)

  • 2 flax eggs = 2 TBSP flax meal + 6 TBSP water - whisk them together and let sit for 5-10 minutes to gel

  • 2-4 TBSP cocoa powder - divided doses (prevents cookies from being green when using pumpkin or sunflower seed butter)

  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar

  • 1/3 cup coconut flour

  • 1/3 cups chocolate chips or more (add to your taste)

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp himalayan or sea salt

  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Prepare the flax eggs and set aside to gel.

  3. In a bowl, blend the coconut oil, pumpkin seed butter, coconut sugar and 2 TBSP of cocoa powder until smooth. I used the bottom on a spoon to blend and smush the ingredients together. Add the flax eggs and vanilla (if using) and mix until smooth.

  4. Mix separately, in another bowl - coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips. (Add more chocolate chips to your desired taste).

  5. Roll cookie dough between your hands to form a 1” ball and place 1” apart on prepared baking sheet. Press down slightly to flatten. The cookies won’t spread very much, so press them down to the thickness you prefer. Bake for 10-15 minutes or just when they begin to turn golden brown around the edges.

  6. Let cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet. Move them to a cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

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 Stuffed Medjool Dates

  • 4-6 plump dates, seed removed

  • 4-6 almonds, walnuts or cashew halves

Open each date and stuff with a nut. Enjoy!

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 Sweet Treat

  • 1 apple of your choice, sliced

  • Spread with seed or nut butter on each slice (sunflower, tahini, cashew or almond butter)

  • Sprinkle with cinnamon

Enjoy this yummy treat!

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 Crunchy Delight

  • handful of nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans)

  • your choice of veggie (celery, carrots)

Crunchy away! 

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Power Smoothie

  • 1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted

  • 1 cup coconut water or water

  • 1 cup (or more) frozen berries

  • dash of cinnamon

  • water as needed to thin

Pit the avocado and set the pit aside. Blend coconut water and avocado until smooth. Add frozen berries and cinnamon. Blend. Add water to desired consistency. Once blended, add the avocado pit into the smoothie as it prevents the avocado from oxidizing and turning brown.

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Chocolate Delight Shake

  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (my favourite Complete by Juice Plus)

  • 1 cup of alternative milk (coconut, rice or almond milk)

  • 1/2 banana

  • 1 handful of spinach

  • 1 TBSP ground flax seed

Combine all ingredients, blend to desired consistency. Enjoy!

What's your favourite and tasty snack idea?

Breakfast - The Most Important Meal of the Day

Breakfast - The Most Important Meal of the Day

Without question, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Unfortunately, many people skip breakfast or eat foods with empty calories. 

So what’s so special about breakfast?

Well, foods eaten at breakfast serves as fuel for the rest of the day.  Think of your body as similar to a car, if you don’t gas up your car, how can you expect it to run and get you places?

I'm astonished by the number of people who do not eat breakfast or eat an unhealthy and unbalanced breakfast on a regular basis.  Skipping breakfast can cause headaches, irritability, lack of focus and concentration, blood sugar issues, brain fog and may be the reason for your cravings later on in the day.  So, one of the best things you can do for your body is eat a balanced breakfast. 

While this applies to all, it is that much more important for those who are physically active, exercise or a growing athlete who expends copious amounts of energy in your sports performance. 

If you skip breakfast, grab a late lunch, exercise and train on fumes, devour dinner and snack on junk food until bedtime - you are not only robbing your body of nutrients needed for good health, you are also robbing yourself of energy needed for your active lifestyle, not to mention the energy needed to perform during workouts, sport training and playing sessions.

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