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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.