Soooo you think just because we have food blogs we snack on escargot and crumpets and other fancy thangs?
Wrong, my friends! I think it's actually quite the opposite. Because we have food blogs, we put all our time and effort into the food for you and next to no effort into the food for us. We make you curried chickpea salad while we're slamming eggs and toast for dinner.
We're much less extravagant than you may think. Kapeesh?
Since us busy bees are always on the prowl for tasty snacks, I thought it would be fun to ask some of my food blogger friends what their go-to snack is. I wanted simple, not a lengthy intimidating recipe. I wanted REAL.
Me first! My favorite lately is pretty darn simple, just how I like it. First I take a brown rice cake and smother it in top it with plenty of a mashed avocado. Then I sprinkle it with sea salt and red pepper flakes. Voila! You've got your whole grain, your healthy fat, your crunch, and you're creaminess. It's salty, it's spicy, it's snack perfection.
A VERY close second are my vegan chocolate banana muffins. While they do require some prepping, they're something that I literally make every single week to have on hand for fueling my busy schedule. I love being able to count on a nutrient-dense snack packed with oats, almonds, bananas, flax, and cacao that actually tastes delish and satisfies my sweet cravings.
Amanda from Running With Spoons was afraid that her nanner + almond butter was too boring and I said HELLZ nah. I'm a fruit and nut butter fanantic as well. It's easy and you can eat it on the go. What more could you ask for in a snack?
Julia of The Roasted Root rolls with a roasted sweet potato with almond butter, pure maple syrup, and cinnamon. How unreal does this look?! Just another reason to always have roasted sweet potatoes on deck for easy snacking and meal planning. I like stuffing them with a fried egg, salsa, and avocado!
If you're looking to bake a batch of simple yummies for the week, Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean has got you covered! Her sweet potato banana bites only have a handful of ingredients and are naturally sweetened for snacking perfection. There are so many variations you could try with these, too!
When your sweet tooth is about to get the best of you, Davida of The Healthy Maven recommends reaching for a blueberry muffin energy bite. They're simple, portable and packed full of nutrition and flavor. With only 6 ingredients, they're ideal for any busy schedule. Her other snacking favorites? Popcorn and of course, red wine.
If all you want to do is shove your hand in the cookie jar, Arman of The Big Man's World says you should opt for a no-bake white chocolate raspberry protein cookie. He likes that these are balanced with healthy carbs, healthy fats and a hefty dose of protein, precisely what he needs to be satisfied. They also take no time to whip up, which is why he makes them at least once a week!
Fellow foodie dietitian Robyn of The Real Life RD loves a brown rice cake with hummus, hemp seeds, and sunflower seeds. When she's in a sweeter mood, she whips up homemade energy bars (like these no-bake white chocolate macadamia nut bars) loaded with nuts and dates for sweetness. Store-bought bars are often glorified candy bars, packed with oodles of sugars and funky ingredients you can't pronounce. Make a double batch at home and freeze the rest for later!
If you're hangry after dinner and want something that tastes indulgent but doesn't feel indulgent, Hannah of Clean Eating Veggie Girl has the snack for you! She simply dices up an apple and microwaves it for 60 seconds (stirring once halfway through). Then she tops it with cinnamon, my nut butter of choice, and dark chocolate chips.
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