4 Make-Ahead Snacks to Help You Power Through the Week

Wellness expert and Entrepreneur in Residence Brooke Thomas shares her recipes.

From Brooke: It happened again—you left the house this morning ready to take on the day, but somewhere between your morning meeting and reviewing notes for your presentation, you suddenly find yourself with your stomach rumbling and a candy bar in your hand. If you’ve ever found yourself looking for that little something to hold you over until your next meal, chances are your choices were limited to fake, fried or fast food. Healthy options are hard to find on the run (or in the office kitchen). At best, you get junk food disguised as healthy options, but processed food won’t give your body what it needs to nail that presentation. Our body craves REAL food. Only nutrients found in real food can give your mood and brain the boost it needs. That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead. I promise, just a little bit of prep time on the weekend can help curb those hunger pangs between work and the gym or get you through a late afternoon meeting before dinner with friends. I love having fruits and veggies around to snack on. They’re packed with antioxidants and are an important part of an anti-inflammatory diet. However, healthy fats and protein in a snack will always keeps you full longer. Plus, sometimes a girl just needs a little chocolate or a crunch! Here are four fab snacks from my original Thankful 30 cookbook to help you power through the week Love Crunch

Brooke's Love Crunch

This is a true sweet treat that’s super easy to make. It’s chocolatey, salty and a little sweet (and if you need a quick gift, it looks pretty in a mason jar or clear gift jar with an added pretty ribbon!). You can make these ahead of time and store them in the fridge.

 

Ingredients 5 cups gluten-free oats ¾ cup raw maple syrup 1 tbsp. cacao powder ½ tsp. sea salt 1 tbsp. coconut oil 1 cup freeze-dried berries (you can also exchange for dried cranberries) ½ cup shredded coconut ½ cup organic dark chocolate chips
Directions Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet on the stove top, toast oats with the coconut oil on medium/low heat for 10 minutes. Transfer to a mixing bowl and set aside. In a saucepan, add maple syrup and bring to a boil, then remove and add to oats and stir. Add sea salt, cacao and coconut. Mix together and spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Add chocolate chips evenly as a top layer. Place in oven for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and swirl chips and oat mix to form clumps. Place in the fridge for at least three hours or freezer for one hour. Add dried fruit and serve.

 

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Vegan Seed Bars

Vegan Seed Bars

Talk about a power snack! This bar uses coconut nectar, a low-glycemic natural sweetener that is a great alternative to refined sugar. I absolutely love the dry ingredients in this recipe. They’re great on their own, tossed together for your own personal trail mix.

 

Ingredients 1/2 cup coconut nectar 1/3 cup raw tahini 1/4 cup coconut oil 1 vanilla bean, scraped 1 cup pumpkin and sunflower seeds 1/2 cup craisins, gogi berries or dried berry of choice 1/2 cup shredded coconut 1/4 cup black sesame seeds 1/4 cup cacao nibs 1/4 cup hemp seeds Pinch of salt
Directions Blend coconut nectar, tahini, coconut oil and vanilla bean in a blender and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, hemp), coconut, berries, cacao and salt. Add the wet mixture from the blender to the dry mixture and combine well. Put half of the mixture back into the blender and mix again. Press into a pan to make ¼-inch-thick layer, then store in the freezer until firm. Cut into squares and store in fridge or freezer. The bars can last for about a month.

 

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Creamy Cado

Creamy Cado

Cut-up veggies should always be a weekly staple. Broccoli, red pepper slices, carrots and cauliflower last for a long time in the fridge and always add pretty, happy colors to a snack. This dip will take your veggies from boring to BAM! You can also use this as a salad dressing or spread on a wrap, this recipe is always a hit and always stays a pretty green without turning

 

Ingredients 1 avocado 6 tbsp. goat cheese 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Dash garlic powder Pinch sea salt Dash ground cayenne pepper Fresh juice of half a lemon
Directions Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Chill and serve.

 

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Energy Bites

Energy Bites

The perfect, nut-free little bite, these are packed with energy- and brain-boosting ingredients. I even offer these as snacks in meetings with clients for 360yourlife.com. The energy bites work best if you keep them in the fridge, and are great before or after a workout.

 

Ingredients 1 cup gluten-free oats 1/2 cup sunbutter 1/3 cup honey 1/2 cup dark, organic chocolate chips 1 tsp. vanilla 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
Directions In large bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

 

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Back-up plan

If your weekend is too packed or you’re traveling, and there’s no time to prep snacks in advance, keep a stash of Shaklee snack bars on hand to grab, guilt-free! Because of the quality of the ingredients, this is a product I totally trust. To get more of Brooke’s recipes for free, along with a special gift of her free dining out guide, grocery shopping list and pantry makeover sign up for her newsletter.

 

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