Here at Inspired Fitness we love our snacks. And we are not ashamed of it! If your body is hungry it’s because you need fuel, so you can keep kicking butt all day long!
Sometimes you need a snack on the go, but it can be hard to decide, prep, and pack.
Picture this: You’re at the grocery store trying to pick healthy snacks for the week. You keep your head down walking past the chips and cookies aisles because you know you can’t let yourself be tempted! But all the healthy snacks they sell are boring, bland, blah blah blah. What should you do?! Well, luck you, we have some tips for you!
Protein is the smart way to snack. It is the key to that full and satisfied feeling. Throw in some healthy fats and you have a snack that will keep you full and give you energy until your next meal.
Still not sure what we mean? Let us give you some snack ideas.
- Jen (or should I say baby Dahar?) wants everything sweet lately! To satisfy these cravings without letting it get out of hand Jen goes for Boar’s Head Chocolate Dessert Hummus and pretzels. Most of you might not have known that this even exists! The chocolate hummus is made up of blended chickpeas, dark chocolate, and a touch of sugar and vanilla. Jen brought a container of this stuff to Girls Night Out and got everyone hooked, including Sophia! If you can’t find this in store or you like to make things yourself, you can find a fabulous recipe here. This chocolate hummus is great for dipping berries and apples, too!
- Amanda likes to snack on Greek yogurt with almond butter and homemade granola. This is great for breakfast, too. It’s protein packed and full of healthy fats- the ideal snack! You can also add berries or honey for a touch of sweetness. Need a recipe for granola? We found some for you! This Almond Butter Granola is crunchy and not too sweet. If you like your granola on the sweeter side, try this Almond Coconut Granola. Another snack Amanda loves is avocado toast. If you don’t already know what we mean you are MISSING OUT. Want some avo toast inspo? Next time you are on Instagram search #toasttuesday. You’re welcome. There are also some recipes here if you need some guidance. Use whole grain bread for more fiber and protein!
- Julia and Sophia’s go to for a salty snack is almost always carrots, bell peppers, or snap peas and hummus. If they are feeling super saucy they will even dip ‘em in ranch! (Recipe here for a homemade ranch that’s just as healthy as it is delicious!) Julia is a big fan of prepping things that she can eat through out the week. One of her favorite things to make are Energy Protein balls that are sweet and just a little salty. Want to make them yourself?! We have that recipe, too!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Protein Balls
2/3 cup organic creamy unsalted peanut butter or almond butter
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips (mini are best but regular size will be just as delicious!)
1 cup old fashioned oats
¼ cup plus two tablespoons ground flax seeds
3 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons honey
Pinch of salt
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until oats are evenly coated and chia seeds, chocolate chips, and flax are evenly distributed. Chill in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to make rolling easier. Roll into 12 balls (Julia uses a scoop to make sure the balls are even in size) and store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week.