I admit it, I have a problem. A snacking problem. Especially when the snacks are crunchy.
Give me a bag of pretzels, pita chips, popcorn, or cereal (literally anything) and it’ll be gone in a matter of minutes. This is sadly not a joke.
Because of this little “problem”, I try not to keep them in the house.
But sometimes you just NEED a little snack. This Sunday, after all of the fireworks, beer and bonfires, all I wanted to do was put my feet up with a good book and a tasty (but healthy) snack.
You know those days when you have a really great run, vs. the days where you feel as if you are dying every extra 0.1 mile you go? Yeah, we’ve all been there. Sometimes it’s just not your day. Your legs are sore from a previous workout or you didn’t get enough sleep the night before. But what you eat before a run drastically affects it too!
It’s not good to workout on an empty stomach, but you need to make sure you fill it with foods that will help your body, not hurt it! Here are some of my go to nibbles before a run.
I first ran across this when I was visiting my friend in Chicago. She’s obsessed with peanut butter, but as we all know it’s not that great for you if you eat more than a few tablespoons a week.
Then the other day at the grocery store I ran across it again and figured I should give it a shot myself! I whipped up a nutty mixture of PB2 (just stir some powder with water and voila!) and began to do a bit of research to find out exactly why this product is all the rage.
Just like most people, I eat healthier when I keep healthy foods in my home. We all know that you can’t just survive on fruits and veggies (we all need a little candy stash somewhere in our home, just in case), but the healthier foods you have on hand, the more likely you will be to eat them.
Here are a few go-to items to always stock your fridge and pantry with. These will help you stay on track and not let mindless snacking (one of my biggest weaknesses) or unhealthy dinner options ruin your eating pattern.
I whipped some of these easy to make, no bake, peanut butter energy balls before the boyfriend and I went on a couples trip last weekend. With a 3 hour car ride and a weekend full of activities, I knew we would need something for nourishment and easy snacking.
I can’t take credit for creating the recipe (I found it on Pinterest, like most recipes these days), but I made a few tweaks and alterations to make them even better. There are no “exact” measurements for this recipe… you just have to pour, stir, and taste!
When it comes to snacking, I’m queen! This isn’t always a good thing, but it’s made me a pretty good judge.
A few months ago I competed in the Color Run. At the finish line, a granola bar was thrust into my hands and I got about halfway through it before I even knew what I was eating. It was delicious at the time (I had two hehe) but chalked it up to being starving after the race.