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So after you threw away all of your cheetos, store bought ice cream, and cereal you got a little hungry mid day and are rummaging through your pantry trying to find something to satisfy that sweet or salty tooth. Here are a few tasty ideas to get you through those panic moments so you don’t run to the nearest store for doughnuts (my weakness):

Yogurt, berries, and dark chocolate  

Greek Yogurt is an excellent source of protein and good bacteria for your gut (make sure you get the kind that says ‘live active cultures‘). Berries are just delicious and full of antioxidants. And dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher)… I don’t think I have to convince you here, is also packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants basically serve as scavengers in our body to eat up all of the free radicals or the damaged cells (which is a good thing!).

Apples/Banana, Almond Butter, & cheese

Almond Butter pancakes

Cottage cheese & fruit

Almond Protein bars 

I got this recipe from Lindsay at Passionate Homemaking and it is a favorite with us! I used almond butter instead of peanut butter. I make a double batch of these and freeze them for a quick and easy snack (usually 5 minutes out of the freezer is plenty of time) on the go.

Primal Trail Mix

We got this idea from Mark at Mark’s Daily Apple and my husband takes this with him on all of his camping/hiking trips. Take walnuts/almonds/any other kind of nut or seed (other than peanuts b/c remember they are a legume) and pour melted coconut over the top with a drizzle of honey. Place in the refrigerator until coconut oil is solid and break up and eat!

Kale chips

Tear leaves off of center rib piece, sprinkle with olive oil, salt & pepper and bake on 350 for about 25-30 minutes or until crisp.

Green Smoothies

Pears, grass-fed cheese, almond butter, yogurt & berries, and a small glass of whole milk (I know, I know)

No, I’m not pregnant, but I have had more strange cravings since I’ve been breast feeding than I ever did pregnant. I have really craved whole milk, full fat yogurt, etc. So, here’s a pic of what I had for a snack last night (we did have a really early dinner so this was kind of a late night dinner/snack). 😉

What are some of your favorite snacks? What keeps you motivated to stay away from the processed snacks?

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Nothing is better on a cold day than curling up on the couch with a hot chocolate. But, do you know what’s in your run of the mill hot chocolate mix? Here’s the list from a company that shall remain nameless: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Whey, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Nonfat Milk, Calcium Carbonate, Less Than 2% Of: Salt, Dipotassium Phosphate, Mono- And Diglycerides, Carrageenan, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Artificial Flavor.

If you just got really confused and thought you were doing a science experiment, I’ll bring you back to reality. When you see how easy and tastier it is to make your own hot chocolate, you will have no need for the store brand powder. Here’s the simple ingredient list:

100% Cocoa powder

Milk (I use whole, much better taste)

coconut milk (lite) – key ingredient!

Honey to sweeten

Directions

1. In a medium sized mug pour half milk, half coconut milk. Heat in microwave for about a minute.

2. In a mixing bowl add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and add milk mixture. Use a wisk to mix the two well.

3. Pour your mixture back in the mug and reheat for another minute. Add Honey to sweeten.

Done. How easy was that? No more questionable hot chocolate powder in your future!

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