Category Archives: Snacks

Monday Fit Recipe

There is a recipe craze going around the fitness world, called raw balls, their dangerously addicting but luckily their packed with healthy ingredients. I make a batch every week and grab one here and there, before I hit the gym, when I’m craving something sweet, right before bed, pretty much whenever! ;) They seriously don’t take any-time to make, there so good for you, your kids will love them to, so why not give them a try? This is one of the many recipes I have for raw-balls, so there will be many more to come!

Ingredients:

  • 3 C Dates
  • 4 C  oatmeal
  • 1 C Unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 C Chia (optional)
  • 1/4 C Ground flax
  • 1/4 C Cashews, chopped fine
  • 1/2 C Almonds, chopped fine
  • 1/4 C pumpkin seeds
  • 2 T Peanut butter
  • 1/2 C Coconut oil
  • 2 T Cinnamon (other spices could be good too)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Directions:

  1. Put dates in a bowl with enough water to cover them. I have some harder dates so I left them in about 20-30 minutes (when I’m in a hurry I skip this step and just add some water to the blender).
  2. Drain water into another bowl and pour dates into a blender and blend. You want it to be a paste when you are finished. You can use some of the water you drained off to help make the paste if your dates did not absorb enough. Add a little at a time. You don’t want it to be runny. The goal is a thick, smooth consistency.
  3. Then pour the date mixture and all the remaining ingredients into the bowl. Mix until all combined. Roll into balls. The recipe made 28 balls. Put them in the freezer to harden on a cookie sheet. I freeze the ones I can’t eat right away in zip lock bags.

Wednesday Fit Recipe

Banana-Split Pops

I don’t know how to categorize this recipe…breakfast, snack, dessert, or side. It’s so so so fun and good. Your kids will love them and so will you! Be creative and add what ever your family enjoys, raisins, coconut, flax seed, cheerios, etc…the possibilities are endless!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 large bananas, cut in half
  • 6 popsicle or lollipop sticks
  • One 6 oz. container strawberry Greek yogurt* (for extra protein, add a scoop of vanilla protein powder)
  • 1/4 c. chopped nuts
  • 1/3 c. chocolate chips or chunks

Directions:

Insert a stick in the center base of each banana half.

Using a mini-spatula or pastry brush, paint on yogurt.  Sprinkle on nuts and chocolate chunks or chips.

Transfer banana pops to a plate that has been lined with waxed paper and place plate in the freezer for 45 minutes or longer.

I got this recipe from peas and thank-you, its a super fun website!


Wednesday Fit Recipe

Whole Wheat Pretzel Bites

I love pretzels…these pretzels have are chewy on outside yet soft on the inside. I was skeptical that a whole wheat version wouldn’t measure up but I was surprised. They make great snacks for kids, I put them in their lunch boxes with string cheese wrapped with ham. Or you can call them your carb-loaded dinner;)

Ingredients:

Dough:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
1 cup very warm water

Topping:
1/2 cup  warm water
2 tablespoons baking soda
Coarse salt (optional)
2tablespoons butter, melted

Directions:

In a large bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer, place the flour, salt, sugar and yeast. Mix to just combine. Add the water and mix well, adding more flour, as needed, a bit at a time to form a soft, smooth dough that clears the sides and bottom of the bowl. Knead the dough, by hand or machine, for about 5 minutes, until it is soft, smooth and quite slack. The goal is to get a really soft dough that isn’t overly sticky. Lightly flour the dough and place it in a plastic bag; close the bag, leaving room for the dough to expand, and let it rest for 30 minutes or up to 60 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 500°F. Don’t be afraid of the high heat! This is what will help those pretzels to brown up perfectly and stay soft on the inside. Prepare two baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper or lightly greasing them.

Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface, and divide it into about four strips of equal length. Allow the pieces to rest, uncovered, for 5 minutes. While the dough is resting, combine the 1/2 cup warm water and the baking soda in a liquid measuring cup (deep enough to dip the pretzel bites into). Make sure the baking soda is thoroughly dissolved. Sometimes I have a hard time getting the baking soda completely dissolved, so I just lightly stir up the mixture right before adding each pretzel.

Cut each strip of dough into about 6-8 pieces, about 1 to 1 ½ inches in width. You don’t have to be completely exact, just eyeball it. Dip each pretzel bite in the baking soda solution (this will give the pretzels a nice, golden-brown color), and place them on the baking sheets. Sprinkle them lightly with coarse, kosher, or pretzel salt. Allow them to rest, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Bake the pretzels for 7-8 minutes or until they’re golden brown. Bake one sheet at a time – it won’t hurt the other pretzels to chill out for a little longer.

Remove the pretzels from the oven, and brush them thoroughly with the melted butter.  Eat the pretzels warm, or reheat them in an oven or microwave on low heat.

KID APPROVED


Wednesday Fit Recipe

Chocolate Crispy Treats

Two things I LOVE…rice-crispy treats and chocolate! I just had to find a way to justify eating rice crispy treats! I defiantly wouldn’t recommend eating the whole batch but you will be tempted so have a game plan before you make them, they are devilish. These are a treat!

Ingredients:

3 c. rice crispies ( I used 1/2 brown rice crispies and 1/2 regular)

2 1/2 t. pure vanilla extract

1/2 t. salt

1/2 c. plus 2 T. nut butter

1/2 c. sticky sweetener (I used agave but honey works to)

1/4 c. cocoa powder (or your favorite chocolate protein powder)

Directions:

Mix your pb, sweetener, extract, cocoa, and salt. Melt in microwave, then pour over the cereal and stir well, making sure to coat all the crispsies. Form into balls or line a pan with wax paper and spread the mixture evenly into the pan. Place a sheet of way paper on top of the mixture, then press down as firmly as you can. Freeze for at least a half hour before slicing. These treats can be stored in the freezer, in the fridge, or loosely covered in a  cool dry place. But the best place is in your tummy :)

EAT IN MODERATION!


Wednesday Fit Recipe

Favorite Granola

Notice the title, Favorite Granola. I have a gazillion and one granola recipes, it’s one of my favorite treats but this has got to be my very favorite! It’s simple, crunchy, sweet, and just plain delicious. I make a batch of granola about every other week, I always double the recipe put half of it in a cookie jar and freeze the other half. I love granola plain, in yogurt, on top of my protein shakes, on top of oatmeal, for cereal, the list goes on and on and on and on. I realize granola is high in calories so I “try” and eat it in moderation.

Ingredients:

8 c. oats

3 c. whole almonds (you can use any type of nut)

1/2 c. brown sugar

1 t. salt

1 t. ground cinnamon (I like more)

1/2 c. canola oil (You can use any type of oil, my favorite is coconut because it’s healthier)

1/2 c. honey (tip:use same measuring cup that you measured the oil in and the honey will slide right out)

2 t. vanilla extract

3 c. dried fruit (my favorite is craisins and blueberries)

Handful of Flax and Chia seeds (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, mix oats, almonds, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon.

In a small saucepan, warm the oil and honey. Wish in vanilla extract. Pour the honey, oil, and vanilla mixture over the oat mixture. Mix gently but well. Mix with spatula and then your hands.

Spread mixture on two cookie sheets and bake for 40 minutes, stirring after the first 20. Cool, then break up clumps. Mix in dried fruits. At this point I sprinkle flax seed and chia seeds on top for extra nutrition ;)

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Questions:

1. How do you eat your granola?

2. Do you have a favorite recipe or brand you love?


Wednesday Fit Recipe

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Yes you read it right, cookies!!! One cookie only has 82 calories not mention all the fiber, protein, and good carbohydrates you get. These are a delicious treat, I love to have munch on one with a cup of cold glass of milk. I wanna brag up milk for a minute. Milk  so good for you, its one of the best recovery drinks you can drink right after you get done with a workout. Milk is naturally nutrient-rich and balanced with a unique proportion of carbs and protein – in addition to the bone-boosting calcium, phosphorous and vitamin D.  Milk is perfect as an afternoon snack – a great balance of quality protein and carbohydrates, mildly sweet and lots of nutrition. One cup mid-afternoon is not only easy and filling, but picks up your energy and helps get you to dinner without devouring the contents of a co-worker’s candy dish.

Calories 82 Carbs 13 Protein 7 Fiber 2

Ingredients:

I grind my own wheat.

3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup regular oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp pure vanilla
2 Egg Whites
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp. mini chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a bowl, cream together peanut butter, and brown sugar. Add the egg whites, applesauce and vanilla. Beat together until smooth and creamy. Add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and beat together until incorporated.
Stir in oats and fold in chocolate chips.

Place about 3 Tbsp. of cookie batter onto cookie sheet, place in oven for 10 – 12 minutes, until bottom is lightly brown. Makes 14 cookies

Resist EATING the COokie DOUGH!

ENJOY!

Questions: (answer by leaving a comment)

1. What is your favorite kind of cookie?

Mines gotta be white chocolate chip macadamia nut (hey its got nuts)

2. Do you generally buy or make your cookies?

3. Do you have any healthy cookie recipes, I would love to have more?


Wednesday Fit Recipe

Apple Nachos

Valentines Day Treat

Here is a little treat to make on Valentines day! These seriously taste sinfully good! They only take a snap of a finger to throw together to. I like to make these in the afternoon when the kids get home from school and we can all sit down and enjoy them together while we talk about there day. These will be a highly requested treat from your kids. Enjoy!

Calories 242 Carbs 35 Protein 6 Fiber 7

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 apple (Pink Lady are my favorite)
  • 2 T. SF Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
  • 1 T. peanut butter
  • 2 T. Fit Granola

DIRECTIONS:
Core and slice apple. Microwave peanut butter for 30 seconds and drizzle over apple slices. Squirt chocolate on top and sprinkle with granola. Enjoy!

Tips and Ideas:

1. You could also use SF caramel.

2. If your apples will be setting out for a long time, you can toss them in some lemon juice and this will prevent them from browning.

Questions:

1. What are your Valentines Day Plans?

Zac and I will be celebrating V-day in St.George riding a 65 mile benefit bike ride.

2. Do you have a special treat you eat on Valentines?

I LOVE CHEESECAKE (don’t tell anyone ;))


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