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Month: March 2017

Eat Real Food: Snacks and Treats

Eat Real Food: Snacks and Treats

All right ERF friends!  Snacking is a hot topic, and usually a trigger point for many of us.  It’s a gateway into trouble foods! Here are some ideas for quick grab snacks on the Eat Real Food mission.

I don’t know about you, but I find bars especially helpful when I am out or at work.  Despite the ease of these, you really have to watch out for these guys.  Many bars say they are “healthy” and  “natural”, but if you look closely they are loaded with unnecessary ingredients and fillers.  There are some great ones out there.  In particular, I love EPIC bars.  Tried these yet?  They are protein in the purest sense!  They offer a variety of flavors, all clean ingredients.  It’s basically jerky, but a little softer and kinder to your teeth.  Some flavors have more ingredients than others, so be sure to read those labels.  My favorites?  Venison, Uncured Bacon, and Chicken Sriracha.

Lara bars are also a good fit for this.  They are prepared, yes, but it’s all in a natural form.  Dates and nuts make up the backbone of these bars, and then other flavorings make up the variety.  Kit’s Organic Fruit and Nut Bars are very similar, and organic- a bonus!  Again, read your labels, check your “other” ingredients.

  

I love Paleo Protein Bars from Julian’s Bakery, but these are out for me this month.  Though they are wholesome ingredients, they are not in their natural form.  Tapioca starch and seeds and nuts that have been powdered don’t fit the bill.  See you in April, guys!  Same with RX Bars, which I keep on hand for active kids.  They use egg white protein powder, so we’re on hold for 30 days.   I will however replace these with my own recipe.  Remember my http://growingtheseed.com/flax-chia-and-hemp-a-comparison/ from before?  I’ll be making these en masse and keeping them in the fridge and freezer for quick snack.  I plan on switching them up with some fun ingredients to keep our variety going.

When I am at home, snacks are a little easier.  And honestly, I don’t usually need them.  But in a pinch, I love some good fresh or lightly steamed vegetables.  Asparagus and green beans are some of my favorites steamed.  Fresh veggies like carrots, cucumbers, radishes, and celery are perfect for dipping.  A great dip makes the difference, so try  http://eathealthrive.ca/pistou-aip-paleo-scd-whole30-vegan/  or https://www.farmsteadchic.com/paleo-whole30-avocado-lime-sauce/.

Sometimes I need a quick little energy boost.  In that case, have you ever eaten frozen berries?  It’s one of my favorite treats.  I pour a few frozen blueberries or raspberries in a dish, let it thaw for a few minutes, and dig in.  Sprinkle a little cinnamon or nut butter on top and it’s heaven!

Speaking of nut butter, choose your nut butters wisely.  The only ingredients should be nuts or seeds, and maybe a little sea salt.  Many health food stores give you the option of a fresh grinder on site.  You choose your nuts or seeds, and you can grind fresh there.  This is great to ensure freshness and purity of ingredients.  If you have a high quality food processor, you can make your own at home too.  It takes a little more effort, but the results are delicious and cost effective.  And you can add in some fun spices, like nutmeg or cinnamon.

And one more thing.  We are eating real food here, folks.  So think outside of the box when it comes to snacks.  Have leftovers?  Grab a bite!  I usually keep a big batch of grassfed beef meatballs in the fridge for quick lunches, but they come in handy for a snack too.  Dip them in one of those yummy sauces from above, and you’ve got a great tasting protein boost.  Hard boiled eggs are perfect here, too.  And they become amazing deviled eggs in a matter of minutes, giving you so many flavor options.

 Lemon Pepper Dill Deviled Eggs

6 Hard Boiled Eggs, halved

1/4c. olive oil

1T. Tahini

juice of 1/2 lemon, fresh squeezed

sea salt

dried garlic

dried red chile flakes

dill, fresh

Scoop the yolks out of the eggs and place in a mixing bowl.  Add the oils, lemon, sea salt and garlic and mix thoroughly.  When the mixture is creamy and smooth and meets your taste test, spoon back into the eggs.  Top with fresh chopped dill and red pepper flakes.  Delish!

 

Well, we have covered some solid snack ideas.  If you have any to share, please do!  Let’s support each other and put our goals within reach.