Let’s have a quick chat about snacks. Yes? Because I don’t know about you guys but snack time is probably the most important (and confusing and exciting) part of my day. Some days, I really have my snacks in check. In other words, I know what I want, I have it available, and it’s something healthy and nutritious. Other times (most times) it’s the complete opposite. As a result, I end up eating too much of a really good (but ultimately bad) thing, or I eat nothing at all. Not really beneficial for anyone, right?
When people ask me about healthy snacking, I always say a great goal to have in mind is produce + protein or healthy fats. The combination of produce and protein or fat tends to be satiating since the food will move through your digestive system at a moderate pace, while keeping blood sugar levels stable. Reaching for a sugary snack or simple carbs, on the other hand, can cause your blood sugar to spike then crash, which will wreak havoc on both your appetite and your energy levels.
These energy bites are no bake, super easy to make and take less than 10 minutes to put together. Loaded with protein, fiber and healthy fats to keep you full and loaded with energy throughout the day. Made with only 5 ingredients: peanut butter, old fashioned oats, flax seed, honey and chocolate chips. Everything gets combined in one bowl. Best of all you never have to turn on the oven. It’s hard to believe these 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Bites are healthy. They taste more like dessert than a healthy protein bite. They are the perfect on the go snack.
Before you grab a snack, stop and ask yourself why you’re reaching for it in the first place. Are you actually hungry? Or are you tired? Bored? Lonely? Sad? Having a craving? I know I snack a lot at work when I’m really just looking for an excuse to get up from my desk. If the answer is anything other than true hunger, try replacing the snack with something else, like a quick walk around the block, some simple stretches, or a nice cup of tea. If you’ve done those things and you still want a snack, then have one.