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Its the New Year, and like many others I’m thinking about goals for better eating. My biggest problem with meeting my goal is snacking. I often get so busy during the day, that I forget to stop and eat. Next thing I know, I’m starving and reaching for a sugary snack. You’ll find me hiding in the panty grabbing the opened bag of cookies, or handful of leftover Christmas candy. It’s not that I don’t like better options, it’s just that I don’t want to take the time to think of and prepare a better snack.
4 Hacks for Better for You Snacks
- Plan Ahead- A little planning makes a big difference! Just knowing what good for you snacks are available combats grabbing those cookies. Make a list of snack options, whether you just think of them, or (like me) need a list on the pantry door. Add those snack options to the grocery list while you are at it!
- Choose Protein- When choosing a snack, remember that protein gives energy and keeps you feeling full. Eat a high protein snack, and you won’t be returning to the pantry half an hour later for that chocolate candy.
- Drink It- Smoothies are a great for better for you snacking! It’s easy to add protein to a smoothie with yogurt and Jif™ Peanut Powder. Jif™ Peanut Powder is the perfect addition to smoothies since it has no added salt or sugar, plus it’s made from just one ingredient – fresh roasted peanuts.
- Easy Access- If half the battle of better for you snacking is planning, the other half is preparing the snack. If the sugary snacks are easier, then that’s what I’m going to grab. There are so many simple ways to make sure my better snacks are easy. Rather than hiding fruit and veggies away in the crisper drawer, place them in a prominent spot. Washing and putting them in a bowl on the counter is even better! Hide the sugary snacks in the crisper drawer or the back of the pantry. Make the day’s snack ahead of time, so it will be ready when the munchies come. I like to make Peanut Power Bites while I’m fixing breakfast for the kids, especially since the no-cook bites only require 4 ingredients. When I need a boost, the Peanut Power Bites are way better than grabbing a caffeinated drink or cookie!
Peanut Power Bites
- Jif™ Peanut Powder
- mini chocolate chips
In a large bowl mix 1.5 cups of oatmeal, 1/2 cup of honey, and 1/4 cup of Jif™ Peanut Powder.
Stir in 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips.
Scoop the dough onto a cookie sheets using a teaspoon or small cookie scoop. Freeze the Peanut Butter Power Bites for an hour or until firm.
Remove from the cookie sheet and place in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
I love the little scooped bites to help with portion control, otherwise I might eat the whole bowl in one sitting. However, if you trust yourself with portion control, just put the bowl of Peanut Power Bite dough in the refrigerator without making bite size portions. Grabbing that bowl from the refrigerator and a spoon from the drawer feels like a guilty treat, when really it’s a little bite of energy!
If you really love chocolate, switch the Jif™ Peanut Powder to Jif™ Chocolate Peanut Powder. Extra yum! I like to have both flavors on hand for the Peanut Power Bites and other quick snacks. Sprinkle the powder on cut fruit, in smoothies, or in yogurt for a delicious taste and extra protein. In fact, Jif™ Peanut Powder has the same amount of protein as traditional peanut butter, yet contains 85% less fat.
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