Snacks are essential for me, and for pretty much anyone around me because hanger is a real thing. Not only do I feel grumpy when I let my hunger go to far, but I find it much more difficult to focus too.
Snacking on healthy foods throughout the day is also a good way to keep the metabolism up and steady. This means more calories burned. The key here is choosing the right snack. It’s way too easy to grab a snack that actually contains the calories of a meal. It’s even easier to grab a snack that nearly reaches an entire day’s sugar recommendation. I’m looking at you, cereal bars.
When I look for a healthy snack, I usually try to grab something with 100-150 calories. Then, I look for a decent amount of protein and fiber. Try to aim for 8 grams of protein, and at least 2 grams of fiber. Protein and fiber satisfy your stomach and keep you full. Plus, fiber is great for your digestive system and the majority of people aren’t getting enough!
Today, I found myself (as usual) wandering in the kitchen for a snack. I wanted something sweet, so I decided to make one of my favorites:
Almond Butter Banana Bites.
Things I love about this snack:
1. It is sweet and delicious.
2. It takes less than one minute to prepare – perfect if you’re impatient like I am.
3. It provides healthy vitamins and minerals, fiber and some protein.
I should warn your that your dog may try to steal this snack when you eat it on the couch. Mine did. Then he stared at me like this:
Just one bite, mom. Please?
It’s that good.
All you need is a banana (easy) and your choice of nut butter (easy). I chose to use my favorite, Justin’s vanilla almond butter. The vanilla is subtle and super yummy, and the almond butter is just grainy enough to provide good texture. I have found it in most of the grocery stores around Indianapolis, and it comes in these cute little packets if you
don’t want to spend $12 on a jar want to try a small amount before you buy the jar.
Just cut the banana into slices, and top each slice with a little almond butter goodness.
Each packet contains 180 calories, so I use half of the packet on half of a large banana. Honestly, sometimes I just eat one of these packets as a snack if I’m in a pinch.
Combined with the 1/2 banana, this snack gives you around 150-180 calories, 3 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. Yum!