I crave chocolate. A lot. I also love ice cream. And sometimes I have both– because this is life, and life is meant to be enjoyed. But too much of a sweet thing usually results in an unhappy stomach for this girl. SO I’ve found 5 go-to snacks that combine healthy & sweet, & satisfies my hunger pang.
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
3 tablespoons finely chopped raw peanuts (3/4 ounce)
1. Line a small pan with wax paper. Cut each banana into 6 or 8 equal pieces. Stick a toothpick or lollipop stick into the end of each piece, place in the pan, and put in the freezer to freeze solid.
2. Place the chocolate in a glass 1-cup measure and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between each, until melted. Add the oil and stir until very smooth.
3. Place the peanuts in a small bowl. Dip the banana pieces halfway into the melted chocolate and shake off the excess. Dip just the end of the banana in the peanuts.
4. Return the bananas to the freezer for 15 minutes to set the chocolate, then store in an airtight container in the freezer. Have 3 large or 4 small bonbons per serving (depending on how you cut the banana).
Nutrition Information Per Serving: 145 calories, 3g protein
2.) KIND Peanut Butter Granola
Gluten free. Ingredients you can actually pronounce– and SO satisfying! Just be cautious not to eat the whole bag in one sitting…umm, totally possible! I like to sprinkle the granola in plain vanilla yogurt.
3.) Shakeology Protein Balls: SEE my last post for the pic & recipe!
4.) Trail Mix
Skip the M&Ms and create your own healthy trail mix! My go-to ingredients are raw almonds, raisins, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. This is higher in calories so watch your serving size (and small handful is plenty), but satisfying? You bet!
Sometimes you need an ice cream cone. Most of the time, however, you just need a deep breath, a full glass of water, and a healthy pick-me-up snack. The better you eat, the better you feel. See? Health is simple. Just takes daily commitment & getting back on the wagon. (Did you fall off? There’s still time- jump back on!)