This week, we are sharing some of our favourite snack recipes that are balanced with healthy fats. We need healthy fats to help synthesize hormones, insulate our organs, nourish our brain, skin, and hair. We also need fat to help absorb the fat-soluble vitamins, A, D, E, and K. Don’t be fooled! Fats like coconut, avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil, fatty fish and nut butters don’t contribute to weight gain. Sugars are what you should be avoiding if weight loss is your wellness goal. Fats help you stay full longer and regulate blood sugar, and should be a part of every meal you prepare. Here are some ideas to try this week:
Sea Salt Cashew Butter Protein Bars | I always include a healthy snack in my weekly meal prep because I find snacking the hardest when I’m trying to eat well. If I go too long between meals, or my last meal wasn’t balanced with protein, complex carbs and healthy fat, my blood sugar crashes. When you get to this point, your brain just craves sugar! This is why we usually grab the first thing we see when we are starving, whether it’s healthy or not. These bars, by Ambitious Kitchen, are packed with protein and healthy fats, with the added bonus of dark chocolate (an antioxidant!!). I add in some shredded coconut into this recipe for extra healthy fat benefits. Hello, brain food!
Vanilla Coconut Raspberry Chia Pudding | These are a weekly meal preppers dream because you can make a few at a time and keep them in the fridge ready to go. I usually use 2 cans of full-fat coconut milk, 1 cup chia seeds, 1 tsp vanilla and a dash of cinnamon. You can mix this as is or put it in the blender for a few seconds to break down the chia seeds a bit. Pour the mixture into individual sized jars or containers and let chill for a few hours or overnight. When ready to serve, top with berries, shredded coconut, more cinnamon, or whatever you desire! Also on my list, this Lemon Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding by The Healthy Maven.
Soothing Bedtime Golden Milk | I am a huge fan of this recipe for it’s healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Two other things I love about it are that 1. We all need a little soothing around bed time. 2. This recipe by Well Plated has the addition of almond butter to make this warm drink even creamier than the traditional Golden Milk you might have heard about or tried.
Which snack will you be adding to your meal plan this week?