snacks

Cardamom Apricot Granola Bars

Cardamom Apricot Granola Bars

Yes, I enjoy gluten free oats and no, they're not paleo. My body tolerates them just fine, and I find them to be a great carb source on heavy training days when I really need to replenish my glycogen tank. With that, Whole 30'ers, avert your eyes, because these homemade granola bars are giving me LIFE right now. Holy shiznit they are so freaking tasty. 

Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

Oh yes. Come to momma you sweet, sweet cup of delicious whipped chocolate peanut butter magic.Similar to my recent rant about allowing oats back in my diet, I've also come to re-extend a friendly handshake to quality yogurt sources. Greek yogurt is my fave. I particularly stray towards Trader Joe's plain Greek yogurt, as it has a whopping 22g of protein in a cup and is super versatile - whatever flavor I'm in the mood for, I just dress it up accordingly. Drizzle it with some honey and sliced fruit? Great. Add it to a smoothie for extra creaminess? Nailed it. Whisk it with peanut butter and cocoa powder for the most simple yet mind blowing moussey cookie dough-like treat? Witchcraft. 

Best Ever Kale Chips

Best Ever Kale Chips

Kale chips get a bad rap. Probably because the generic method of preparing them entails burning them until they're black and then calling them "crispy chips." Charred kale isn't my favorite thing, so I developed these to, at long last, satisfy my crunchy kale craving. These kale chips are SO much more than your standard "crunchy" (read: black)...I'm being super cereal right now. These are GOURMET as sh*t without the gourmet hassle. 

Coconut Butter

Coconut Butter

SO EASY. And cheap. Since I'm both a sucker for the easy and the cheap (lol), this is a favorite "recipe" of mine for a quick and healthy fat source. I say "recipe" because it's far too simple for me to claim legitimacy over it. Really, this is more of an educational post to let you know...yes you can. YES you can eat delicious coconut butter. YES you can make delicious coconut butter. And YES you can do all of the above without spending a ridiculous $12.99 per jar. 

Snappy Trail Mix

Snappy Trail Mix

Trail mix can be a great snack. Sadly, most of the "healthy" trail mix you'll find in the stores are loaded with totally unnecessary ingredients. On the outside, it looks like a cluster of almonds, walnuts, cranberries, etc....simple, right? Wrong. On the inside it leads off with stuff like "high fructose corn syrup" and "hydrogenated" whatever or "soy lecithin" garbage. I throw my hands up and scream "WHYYY!!!!" Why ruin the already magical and natural taste of nuts, seeds and other trail mix goodies by injecting the bag with all that junk?! I'll never understand, I suppose.