I’ve never met a snack I didn’t like (ok, or one I wouldn’t at least try). Snacking can be a great habit. It can help power you through the day by providing great sources of energy, and if you’re anything like me it can also keep the hangry beast inside at bay.
But, it’s important when snacking to remember to snack smart. While eating small meals through the day is recommended you must remain conscious of what you are putting into your body.
While I have no problem enjoying the occasional, this is too sinfully good to actually be good for you, treat from time to time I try to be aware of what exactly I am putting into my body and consider awareness one of the key pillars of monitoring my nutrition.
What about time? I understand that the average person doesn’t have 30+ minutes to spend crafting gourmet quality snacks (and yes I do tear up wishing that was not the case because face it people, Food = Love. It’s not just me right? Right….?) Even the busiest of individuals can create healthy, good for you snacks in a matter of a few minutes.
I like my snacks quick. I like them sweet, salty, and with a variety of flavors and textures. Insert, Sunbutter Love Snacking Squares. All you need is a cracker of choice (I try to buy a stone ground cracker or a brand of crackers that has minimal ingredients), a nut butter, and an assortment of toppings.
Disclaimer, and try not to hate me, I’m not the hugest fan of peanut butter. I’m sure plenty of you are shaking your heads in disbelief and yes I can pretty much imagine the disgusted looks on your faces. What can I say? While you may believe it to be a food magically created from above, I happen to prefer other nut butters.
I recently discovered a locally made, all natural sunflower seed butter in my grocery store. Intrigued, I picked it up and examined. After approval it made its way into my grocery cart and back to my loving home where it’s been consistently devoured ever since.
To assemble this snack there’s no real recipe required. Seriously… it’s that simple. Open package, place cracker on plate and spread with nut butter of choice. If you’re gluten free, sub the crackers for cucumber, celery or even apple slices. Any of those variations would be equally as delicious. Then, top with your own personal favorite nuts and berries. I used apricots, cranberries, coconut, sunflower seeds & almonds, but feel free to get creative.
If you have young children at home this is a great activity to involve them in as children are naturally curious. Use this as an opportunity to introduce them to a variety of textures, flavors and colors.
Q: What are your favorite healthy snacks?
As always eat healthy stay fit,