Our ‘Go-To’ On The Go Snacks

Spring is a busy time. When you are running from here to there, it can be hard to fit in a nutritious meal. Having healthy snacks on hand while you’re on the go can save you from making a less than nourishing choice when you are desperately hungry. If you have kids around, it’s especially important to have a healthy snack at the ready so that you can expertly keep spirits high and hunger low.

Here are our four ‘go-to’ snacks for when you need a healthy option on the go. These snacks travel well and are quick to prepare.

Snack Bites

Prepping batches of snacks ahead of time sets you up for success. Whether you’re running errands, hitting the sports fields, or just going back and forth to school, no one wants to have to worry about where to get the next bite to eat. Prepping ahead takes some planning, but will be worth the time when you can quickly fend off the hangries.

Get the kids involved! They will love making and eating these chocolate earth balls, a less fancy version of grown-up truffles. The best part? No baking required!

Chocolate Earth Balls

Chocolate Earth Balls

Trail Mix

A good trail mix provides both good nutrition and flavor. While there are no hard and fast rules, the foundation is most always nuts and/or seeds that provide good quality plant protein and healthy fats. The addition of dried fruits such as raisins, dates and figs provides natural sugars for energy along with a wide range of nutrients. Building a terrific trail mix starts with choosing nuts and seeds, then adding some extras you personally favor… we love adding some dark chocolate for antioxidants (and deliciousness!).

In this recipe we include some unexpected popcorn which brings lightness, crunch and a healthy serving of whole grain goodness.

Popcorn Trail Mix

Trail Mix

Fruit

Having fresh fruit on hand is one of the simplest and most nutritious options for the car. Things like organic apples, grapes, berries, cherries and stone fruit like nectarines, peaches or plums are easy to eat with one hand on the wheel. In the winter I love to carry clementines because they stay fresh for so long and in warmer weather dried fruit is a good option because it doesn’t spoil if left in a hot car.

Dried Fruit Chews

Dried Fruit Chews

Cookies

Cookies? Yes… just make them healthy!  Cookies can be a nutritious choice if you make them with the right ingredients. Choose whole grain flours and sweeten them with dried fruit instead of simple sugar. This 5 ingredient cookie recipe is packed with nutritious ingredients and fast to prepare.

Banana Oatmeal Snack Cookies

Banana Oat Cookies

Eat your greens!

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In March I always think about St. Patrick’s Day… a day when we wear green and drink green beer to celebrate. These traditions are fun, but I want to add in a healthy habit in honor of St. Patrick’s day this year. Let’s dedicate March to eating leafy greens as well!

Now, I know what you’re thinking… this doesn’t sound like much fun… but check out our first recipe. You’ll feel as sprightly as a leprechaun after you try this festive breakfast shake!

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Healthy Shamrock Shake

Ingredients

  • Big handful of baby spinach (or kale or collard greens)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1/3 cup yogurt (I used Kite Hill’s almond milk yogurt)
  • 1/8 tsp pure peppermint extract
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 1 TBSP mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Add all of your ingredients to a blender except chocolate chips. Blend until smooth.
  2. Stir in chocolate chips and sprinkle a few on top!
Benefits of the Shamrock Shake include:
  • Greens: Greens represent a convenient, essentially non-caloric, nutrient-dense source of otherwise hard to obtain minerals.
  • Banana: An excellent energy source, bananas high potassium content can regulate blood pressure and support heart health.
  • Peppermint extract: Peppermint extract is known to relieve nausea and may reduce mild pain.
  • Dark Chocolate Chips: Chocolate is a great source of antioxidants which help the body’s cells resist damage.

Why go green?

Adding more leafy greens into your diet is one of the best things you can do for your health. You’ll feel the benefits immediately, but in case you need more data to back it up, here’s what makes greens such a nutritional powerhouse. They contribute vitamins A, C, E, K as well as many B-vitamins to your diet. They also contain minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium and carotenoids–important antioxidant phytochemicals. As if that were enough, they’re a great source of fiber as well. All of these benefits come together to promote wellness throughout your body and mind. Plus, those who eat more greens are more likely to remain at a healthy weight–bonus point!

Here is another healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipe: Colcannon Cakes! This play on a traditional Irish dish features cabbage as its leafy green star. If you want to mix things up, substitute Brussels sprouts in place of the cabbage or add in extra veggies like carrots and peas! This versatile recipe is a tasty way to reinvent leftovers.

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Colcannon Cakes 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound cabbage (cored and shredded)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour (or gluten-free flour of choice)
  • ¼ teaspoon + ½ teaspoon reduced salt seafood seasoning (added separately)

Method:

  1. Warm olive oil in a sauté pan. Sauté cabbage until tender.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, mashed potatoes and ¼ tsp of the seafood seasoning. Gently form the mixture into approximately six hockey-puck shaped patties.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour with the remaining ½ tsp of seasoning. Gently dip each patty in the flour mixture, to coat evenly.
  4. Cook on medium-high heat in an oiled pan for 3-4 minutes per side or until warm and crispy. Serve immediately.