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Sep 5, 2011 BY Joy McCarthy

Smart Snacking: 5 Healthy & Tasty Snack ideas

—  found in  Food  —

September always feels a bit like the start of a new year doesn't it? The kids are going back to school and even if you don't have little ones, you might be evaluating your health and wellness goals.. riiiiight? I know I certainly feel like it's a fresh start. So let's get right to it! Let's talk about how you can avoid the mid-aft slump with smart snacking!

Why do you need to snack? It's a great way to keep your fat-burning engines revving high, your blood sugar balanced and mindless eating far out of sight. I always have a light snack mid-afternoon so I don't eat my way through the fridge when I get home in the evening. Now, I believe it's important to make sure your snacks taste amazing so you don't feel restricted and "controlled". Choosing healthy AND delicious snacks is a great way to have control with ease.

Snacking should be simple, quick to prep and super tasty. It also needs to be a source of all three macronutrients (carb/protein/fat), so it satisfies that belly, as opposed to making you more hungry, moody and bloated, which is precisely what a sugary snack can do. Here are 5 power snacks ideas:

Green Tea Infused Warm Milk

Steep 1-2 bags of your favourite green or white tea in 1/4 cup hot water

Warm up 1 cup of almond milk

Combine the green tea and almond milk

Add a sweetener such as stevia or unpasteurized honey

Chocolate Protein Snack

1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder (Sunwarrior is a personal favourite brand)

1 cup almond or brown rice milk

Half cup water

1 tsp cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

Trail Mix with Yogurt

Combine 5 almond, small handful pumpkin or sunflower seeds, a small handful of goji berries or dried cranberries

Pour over 1/2 cup of your favourite organic plain yogurt, kefir or Greek yogurt (high in protein)

1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

1 tbsp raw chia

Tart & Sweet Treat

1 cold and fresh granny smith apple, sliced

Spread almond butter on each slice

Sprinkle with cinnamon

Walnut Stuffed Medjool Dates

4 plump dates, seed removed

4 walnut halves

Open each date and stuff with a walnut

Another fantastic and fulfilling snack if you have time to bake, are these almond coconut power cookies.

Sep 5, 2011 BY Joy McCarthy
5 Comments
VeggieGirl   •   September 6, 2011

DELICIOUS snack ideas! Love the dates one the best :)

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Jennifer   •   September 6, 2011

Can't wait to try the green tea and almond milk! Will be such a warm and comforting way to wake up in the morning.

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jenny   •   September 8, 2011

mmm, the green tea + warm milk sounds very inviting, and i am not a tea/coffee drinker!

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Sexy Balls: Maca Raw Cookie Recipe | joyoushealth.ca   •   February 13, 2012

[...] Goji Berries: In Asia, these mighty berries are known as a strong sexual tonic. Meaning, they increase sexual desire. This is thanks to their testosterone increasing ability. This hormone is extremely important for libido in both men and women. Eating these little berries can also increase overall well-being and stamina. They are loaded with vitamin C and skin-loving antioxidants too. [...]

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sarah   •   July 26, 2013

I really like peppermint tea with almond milk, perfect afternoon treat:)

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