My Favorite Healthy Mama Snacks

I have an afternoon snack around 2 or 3 pm.  Something with protein, for sure, to keep my hunger in control and give me the right nutrients.

A group of us mamas were talking the other day on our private Healthy Mama. Happy Living facebook forum about healthy snack choices.  In the moment of hunger is when it’s the hardest to make a healthy choice.  So it is a good idea to have several ideas ready when hunger strikes.  Especially ones that you can take with you.

Here are my top favorite healthy mama snacks:

my favorite healthy snacks

1.  Apple Slices + Peanut Butter

My favorite apple is the Fuji.  Crisp and sweet.  I use organic peanut butter, but my favorite splurge is Justin’s Honey Almond Organic Peanut Butter.  SO good.

2.  Hard Boiled Eggs

I have an egg cooker and it cooks 7 in under 15 mins.  Sprinkle with a bit of salt and yum!

3.  Hummus and sliced cucumber

To help me with portion control, I buy the individual serving cups of hummus. 

4. 180 Chocolate protein snack bar.

Tons of protein, no artificial sugars or flavors and …did I mention chocolate?  I keep one in my purse at all times to avoid grabbing an unhealthy snack while I’m out.

5.  Almonds

I love the Emerald 100 calorie packs.  I keep one of these in my purse too.  Again, for me, it helps with portion control and it’s easy to grab for on the go.

 

What’s your favorite healthy snack?

 

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{Gluten Free} 2 Ingredient Cookies

My youngest has an intolerance to gluten.  He just does not feel well after eating too much of it so I have been slowly swapping out ingredients and experimenting with healthy recipes.  Plus, eating more clean has been a personal goal of mine for my family.  In my search, I came across a recipe for cookies with just 2 ingredients.  Really!  I’m not talking a box mix as one of them either. 

 

1. Oatmeal   { I used gluten free }

2. Banana

 

That’s it!  I found the original recipe @ The Burlap Bag.  I used the gluten free oatmeal because of my son but you can use regular too.

Here is what I did.

 

Step 1 :: Pour in 1 cup of oatmeal and peel 2 bananas.  Mash and mix with a fork.

gluten free 2 ingredient cookies

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Step 2 :: Drop spoonfuls of mix on a greased cookie sheet.  Be sure to grease or it will stick!

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Step 3 ::  Bake for 15 min at 350 degrees and then eat!

You can easily add in raisons, nuts, chocolate chips, craisons, cinnamon or whatever else you want.

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I love them!  This is a healthy, easy and yummy recipe that is definitely a keeper. 

 

If you make 12 cookies with this recipe you can eat 6 cookies and it only equals 1 banana and 1/2 cup of oatmeal.  Great snack and NO guilt!

 

Claire

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Smashed Avocado and Tomato Toast is Easy, Yummy and Healthy

This has become my most favorite healthy snack option and is SO easy to make.

smashed avocado and tomato toast

Avocados are a simple healthy swap to use instead of butter on your toast because they are rich in vitamin A, C, E, K, fiber, iron and healthy monounsaturated fats.

 

Plus it’s yummy!

Here is what you do to make this awesome goodness:

Smashed Avocado and Tomato Toast

  • toast 2 pieces of whole wheat bread
  • top with 1/2 an avocado, smashed
  • place sliced tomato on top of that
  • sprinkle with salt
  • eat and enjoy!

Yesterday I tried it with smashed avocado and a fried egg on top for lunch. Delicious!

Go try it today.

Claire

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How to Make Granola Bars

As a mom of 3 growing boys, I am constantly looking for different snacks that are filling, healthy and budget friendly.

I came across this recipe somewhere in web land and it has become a favorite here. 

Super easy and meets my personal goal of having less processed foods around.

Homemade Granola Bars

4 1/2 cups oats

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup honey

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

*Preheat oven at 325 degrees

*Mix all ingredients except chips

*One mixed, add chips

*Press into greased 9×13 pan

*Bake about 20 min. or until golden brown

*Let it cool and cut into bars

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Here they are fresh out of the oven.  The boys didn’t even wait until they were cooled off to dig in. So yummy warm!

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I also cut some into bars to freeze.  I put them into small bags to use in lunches.  This is all I was able to save from this batch.  I usually make 2 for my family.

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So, there ya go!  Give ‘em a try and let me know what you think.

Have a blessed day,

Claire

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Homemade Applesauce

Fall brings homegrown and farm fresh apples.

One of our favorite and EASY ways to use the apples is to make applesauce.

Step 1:

Put on a cute apron.  I got this one from my sister, Rachelle at Livin the Fit Life.  Handmade by my cousin Sarah.  Isn’t it too cute?

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Step 2: 

Gather the apples

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Step 3: 

Peel and Chop.  Place in a big pot and put in enough water to just cover.

  Boil on medium until desired softness.

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Step 4: 

Enjoy!  I don’t add sugar…it has enough natural sugars.

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A healthy snack super EASY. 

What about you?  Do you make applesauce?  How do you make it?

Leave a comment to let us know!

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To your health,

Claire