Healthy Snacks: The peanut butter edition

I can’t believe that we are in March already. I feel like I just wrote the Year of Awesomeness welcoming you all to the New Year. As many people do, they start off the first of the year with high hopes and resolutions of making some serious changes especially when it comes to health and fitness. Be honest with yourself, are you still motivated and still working hard at that goal? If you are, I want you to put your left hand in the air.

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Now lift the right hand equally as high.

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Right Hand

Now bring the two hands together in a quick motion and say, “YES”!  Below is the instructional video.

Congrats, you just completed a self high-five. You should feel good about that.

Now, if you have fallen off the wagon pay attention. It happens! Yes, we all fall off the wagon from time to time. However, that doesn’t make you a failure so slap that notion out of your head. Failure happens when you give up. Simply put, don’t give up and get back on the wagon.

I am going to be really honest with you.  I have definitely fallen off the wagon more times than I care to admit. As of right now, I can say with confidence that I am pulling an Indiana Jones, meaning I am getting dragged on a rope behind said wagon.  I am almost off, but not quite.  I have been snacking more and those snacks are unhealthy. So today I am going to share with you some of my favorite healthy snacks and their recipes.  The goal here is to settle the urge for bad food, but in a healthy and realistic way.  Spoiler alert, these all involve peanut butter. It is kind of my favorite.  Do yourself a favor and experiment.

Disclaimer:  If you have nut allergies of any kind, you should probably avoid these snacks, maybe even this article.  Check out the archives for some more good reads.  

 

Peanut Butter Fudge Protein Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup Natural Peanut Butter

3 tablespoons honey

1 ½ cup chocolate Isopure whey protein 

1 cup uncooked oats

2-5 tablespoons of water

(Optional) 1 tablespoon of unsweetened Hershey’s cocoa

Directions: Mix the peanut butter and honey in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix together. Mixture should be crumbly and moist.  Press into a 9×9 tray and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Cut into 12 equal bars.

Nutrition: 221 calories per square. 15 grams of Protein

 

Cottage Cheese and Peanut Butter Bliss

Ingredients:

½ cup Cabot Cottage cheese (got to give props to my home state of Vermont)

1-½ table servings of Natural Peanut Butter

1 scoop of chocolate Isopure whey protein powder

Directions: Mix all the ingredients together. Refrigerate and enjoy the taste

Nutrition: 305 calories and protein packed

 

Brownie Batter

Ingredients:

1-2 scoops of chocolate Isopure whey protein powder

1 tablespoon of Natural Peanut Butter

1-5 ounces of water

Directions: Mix the natural peanut butter and chocolate protein powder together. Add desired amount of water. Start with one ounce. More water will make it creamier.

 

Yogurt: Starring Yogurt, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate

Ingredients:

1 container of Chobani plain or vanilla Greek yogurt. (These have less sugar)

1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter

1 -1 ½ scoops of chocolate Isopure whey protein powder

Directions: Mix all the ingredients together and enjoy!

 

Peanut Butter cups are my absolute favorite.  These are a great substitute.  Check out this link and enjoy the awesomeness.

-http://www.blissfulbasil.com/6-ingredient-no-bake-quinoa-peanut-butter-crunch-cups/

 

 

If you are like me, snacking can be your downfall.  It can make or break a diet and keep you from the results you want and deserve. “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.” Make these ahead of time and when you have that urge to snack, reach for a healthy option rather than the alternative crap that we so often find ourselves eating (those damn girl scout cookies). Set goals, map out a meal plan, and stick to it. That is really all there is to it.  You got this!

 

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Top 5: Favorite ingredients

  1. Peanut Butter
  2. Chunky Peanut Butter
  3. Natural Peanut Butter
  4. More Peanut Butter
  5. Dark Chocolate Morsels & Peanut Butter

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