Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Healthy snack ideas and progress in March

We're trying to cut back on buying processed snack foods. When I have free time on weekends, this is an awesome plan, & I spend time making muffins & granola & other healthy-ish treats. Mostly the snacks are for my oldest (S - his name is Sam & I'm just going to start using names, because the initials are driving me crazy :)). Sam is skinny & super active & has an insane appetite. I also tend to eat smaller meals, but add more snacks to stabilize my appetite when I have big running weeks.

I love the protein bar type things, but they are crazy expensive. We also eat a lot of nuts, homemade trail mix, & that kind of thing.

Do you have other suggestions for healthy snacks? Sam could eat more fattening stuff, but I prefer to keep my calories in the 100-150 range.

Current ideas:
  • Cheese
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Trail mix
  • Dry cereal (shredded wheat, etc)
  • Homemade protein balls (need a good recipe)
  • Homemade granola (again, need a lower sugar recipe)
  • Homemade granola bars (again with the lower sugar)
  • Muffins & breads
We (especially the kids) eat plenty of fruits & vegetables, so I'm not worried about the snacks not being of the fruit & veggie variety.

Do you have other ideas or recipes to share? Bonus points for quick, easy & frugal! :-)

I'm also actively looking to tackle one March goal today and tomorrow, in addition to staying on top of the regular ones. I've completed 4 strength & 2 stretching workouts already! I've found a race for April, ordered my secret sister gifts, & I'm working on planning: Mother's Day (my mom's part of it), a race to run with my sister, and spring break. I'll feel so good when these are done!

How are you doing with your March goals?


  1. If you like Larabars, try this recipe from my friend....

    1. Oooh, can't wait to try these. Thank you!!

  2. We make our own "chex mix" with shredded wheat, cheerios, pretzel sticks and nuts. The girls and my husband like it much better than just the ingredients individually, or the overly salty real Chex Mix. I pick up the cereals when they're on sale so keep the cost down (the nuts are always expensive, but I buy them in bulk from WinCo), but use the regular Chex Mix recipe coating.

    I'm not sure how healthy this is, but we all love apple dip for a treat (even though we all eat apples without it): 1 8-0z bar regular or light cream cheese and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Blend well and let it sit for about 1/2 hour to make sure the sugar dissolves. If you really want to kick it up add a bag of Heath toffee chips - very decadent!

    One of our daughters needs extra calories, and another is heavily into sports - It can be a chore to make sure they get enough (especially since I'm trying not to eat so much). 1/2 bagel with peanut butter and quesadillas (we use the half corn, half wheat tortillas from Trader Joe's) are also popular for snacks around here. Both are filling and nutritious.

  3. Here's one that was given to me from the book "Vive le Vegan" and it's quite delicious. I added cranberries and coconut, because I like that stuff, but you'd have to adjust the molasses/rice syrup if you add extras or it's just too dry.

    1 cup sunflower seeds
    1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
    1/2 cup toasted pecans (and/or other toasted nuts)
    1/2 cup toasted almond slivers (and/or other toasted nuts)
    1/4 cup hemp seeds, sesame seeds or combination
    1/4-1/3 cup dried fruit such as raisins or chopped dried apricots (cherries would be good too I think)
    3 Tbsp ground flax seeds
    1/4-1/3 cup thick honey alternative such as brown rice syrup or barley malt
    2 Tbsp cashew or almond butter
    1/2-1 tsp blackstrap molasses
    1/4 tsp cinnamon
    1/8 tsp salt

    1. In a large bowl, combine the seeds, nuts, dried fruit and ground flax.

    2. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the remaining ingredients and stir until just heated through and well combined (do not boil).

    3. Immediately add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and stir well, then transfer to a lightly oiled 8"x12" baking dish (or smaller dish for thicker bars). Press mixture down until evenly distributed (use wax or parchment paper to press it down without sticking).

    4. Refrigerate until completely cooled, then cut into bars. You can freeze them for storage, but separate layers with parchment paper so they don't stick.

  4. I think you pretty much covered most of it. I try to go low carb for most of my meals/snacks, which can be a pain sometimes. Cheese and almonds were my go-to snack, and a key is to always have some very handy. So if you make trailmix, already have it on ziplock bags or divided up. Cook up a storm of different muffins (sweet and savory) and store them individually wrapped. Another of my favorites when I am feeling particularly lazy was yogurt with granola. It is the best summer snack.

    1. I need to make more homemade granola. It's easy & delicious! Thanks for the ideas.

  5. My favourite is Greek yogurt with a fruit in it. Yum and so filling. We are not allowed any nuts at all or nut products, or fish/seafood/shellfish at work due to allergies. I fins it very limiting.

    1. That would be very difficult! I can't send snacks with nuts with the kids to school, but anything goes at the office.

  6. We actually eat a ton of raisins and prunes. My little girl lives yogurt raisins. Its not something that you can make but I love them because I will throw them in a baggie in my purse for whenever.