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10 Whole Food Snacks That You Can Pack

Who loves snacks? I do, I do. Okay, I’m singing a little song in my head, but really, who doesn’t want easy, convenient, healthy snacks that they know are good for them and made from real food?

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We’re all busy people with busy lives. One of the things that most people struggle with is having great tasting, “good-for-you” food that they can take with them on the go. Eating real for breakfast and dinner is pretty straight-forward, but it’s the in-between meals that we sometimes get stuck on. Also, the dreaded “hanger” has a way of luring us into grabbing convenience food that isn’t good for us or for the kiddos. With that in mind, I present you with 10 delicious whole food snacks that you can keep in your pack when hunger attacks and you can feel good knowing that the food is real.

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By on February 21, 2012 in Almond Butter, Blog, Chickpeas, Chocolate, Informational, Nut Butter, Nuts, Oats, Peanut Butter, Peppers, Protein Bars, Snack, Spelt

The Ultimate in Protein Bars

The Ultimate Protein Bar! It sounds so conceited doesn’t it? I thought so too, but these are really good. I can’t figure out why. I didn’t even start with a recipe. I just started chucking things into a bowl and baked it. These are the best ones we’ve made yet, not solely for the flavor, though they are really tasty, but more because of the texture. The result is a ridiculously moist yet dense protein bar. I believe this recipe will be the base for many other concoctions and flavors in the future. Tell me what you decide to add.

The whole thing started because I was making Pavlova and needed 4 egg whites. Also I wanted to stuff it with cream and fruit but wanted to try it with a dairy free cream, whipped coconut cream that is. I read about it recently but had never tried it. Oh my word, it’s delicious. But I only needed the cream at the top, not the water that congregates at the bottom and I had 4 egg yolks. As the queen of never wanting to waste anything, I wanted to figure out a way to use the liquid. At the same time my husband reached for the last Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Bar, and that’s when the concocting began.

I chose to use sunflower seed butter for 2 reasons. First off I like to change the flavor of our bars every time we make a batch so we don’t get bored with them. Changing the texture helps too. Secondly the price on sunflower seed butter is half the price of almond butter! I like that.

Some Facts: I also like that Sunflower seed butter is high in unsaturated fats and vitamin B5. Like all Vitamin B, it helps break down food into energy for the bodies use. Also high in copper and magnesium which aids in the development and maintenance of the skeletal and cardiovascular system, it helps in the formation of bone and connective tissue and enhances brain function.

Sunflower Butter Oatmeal Raisin Protein Bars

  • 1 cup rolled oats
    Coconut water from the bottom of a coconut cream can or 1/2 cup of water
    1/2 cup water
  • 4 eggs yolks room temperature
    1 cup plain 2% yogurt (or the coconut cream from the top of the can)
    3/4 cup warm honey
    1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup ground flax seed
    1/3 cup sunflower seeds
    2/3 cup rolled oats
    1 cup sunflower seed butter (or any other type of nut butter you like)
    1 1/3 cup chocolate chips
    1 cup raisins
    1 cup pumpkin seeds toasted

Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350F. Based on a recommendation of soaking the oats to make them easier to digest, I took a cup of oats, covered it with the coconut water, and 1/2 a cup of water and let it sit for an hour.

Mix the eggs, yogurt, honey and coconut butter together until well blended. Add all remaining ingredients and mix until no lumps remain. Break up the soaked rolled oats with a fork if need be. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35 minutes. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, so that the coconut oil and sunflower seed butter can solidify. Cut into 2″ x 1″ slices (my husband got 3″ x 1″ slices).

They will store well in the fridge for a week. This recipe makes a large batch so I wrap mine individually and freeze them.

By on April 14, 2011 in Blog, Nut Butter, Oats, Protein Bars, Recipes, Snack, Vegetarian

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Bars and Preparing for the Week

It’s that part of the week where I prepare myself for the next few days – so that we don’t reach for convenience food – and keep myself on top of my game energy wise. From time to time we all crave those high fat or sugary treats when our energy levels get low or we’ve allowed ourselves to get too hungry and end up reaching for the easiest solution. We also know that it leaves us feeling like caca. To prevent that from happening I start thinking about how to prepare quick, “go to” foods, when my energy crashes. For me it’s not so much about just having good meals, but it’s also having snacks ready in my pack or purse when I’m out doing errands or at work so I’m not tempted to stop at Starbucks. This week I prepped Pear, Ginger and White Chocolate Muffins and these protein bars. If you’d like to read about some inspiration when it comes to weekly planning, Tyla at Finding Breathing Room is a champ. Check out this post to see why! We also prepped some easy to heat upstew just in case we ran into any nights that might leave us flustered.

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By on April 3, 2011 in Blog, Main Ingredient, Nut Butter, Peanut Butter, Protein Bars, Recipes, Snack, Vegetarian

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