10 Healthy On the Go Snacks for Busy People

I’m so happy that Tara is here as the guest blogger for this week.  Tara is a former Hoosier who has transplanted to Colorado….though I hope she comes back to Indiana someday!  She is a fantastic gal inside and out (and her hubby is pretty fantastic too!).  Enjoy her yummy snacks!

10 Healthy On the Go Snacks for Busy People

Hello!

I’m Tara from the healthy living blog, Treble in the Kitchen. My blog shares a lot about what I’m eating, how I workout, what it’s like to study to become a Registered Dietitian, and all the fun I have in between! I like to keep things light, fun, and a bit personal Please feel free pop on over to say hi.

Treble in the Kitchen

Sarah and I became great blogging friends and real life friends while I was living in Indianapolis, and I am so thankful for blogging, facebook, and the internet in general so we can keep in touch now that I live in Colorado.

Tara in Colorado

Sarah is a busy mom of two ADORABLE twin boys, and she asked me to take over for a day to help her out. I’m honored to help, Sarah! After reading her “day in the life of a twin mom” post it’s obvious that Sarah needs to have quick, healthy food and snack options on hand that she can grab in those brief moments when she isn’t taking immediate care of the twins. While not all of us are twin moms, or even moms at all I’m sure we can all relate to the need for having quick, healthy snacks at the ready for the moments when hunger strikes.

I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite on-the-go snack recipes to share with all of you! Enjoy

1.  Banana Nut Muffins

Banana Nut Muffins via Treble in the Kitchen

2. Peanut Butter and Jelly Snack Bites

Peanut Butter and Jelly Snack Bites via Treble in the Kitchen

3.  No Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy Bars

No Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy Bars via Treble in the Kitchen

4.  3 Ingredient Energy Bars

3 Ingredient Energy Bites via Treble in the Kitchen

5.  Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars via Treble in the Kitchen

6.  Cranberry Date Energy Balls

Cranberry Date Energy Balls

7.  Pumpkin Raisin Nut Muffins

Pumpkin Raisin Nut Muffins via Treble in the Kitchen

8. Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding via Treble in the Kitchen

9.  Peachy Green Smoothie

Peachy Green Smoothie via Treble in the Kitchen

10.  Coconut Flour Pancake

Coconut Flour Pancakes via Treble in the Kitchen

YOUR Turn:

What is one of your favorite healthy on-the-go snacks?

Brownie Bite Oatmeal

Hold on folks I have an amazing breakfast (maybe any time night or day recipe) recipe for you all…yes brownie bites meets nut butter meets oatmeal.  You may remember that I was lucky enough to try out some Special K Snack Bars a couple of weeks ago.  Well I was also lucky enough to try out their new Special K Brownies.  Before we go any further – if you like chocolate, and you like chewy brownie bites for 80 calories…stop reading and go by some to eat while you read this!

Even though the days as a twin mom are busy and many times lead to snacking more than meals, I ALWAYS make sure to get in a breakfast.  I need fuel for the day and I need to start my day on a good note and for me that means a workout followed by breakfast.  This recipe isn’t complicated but it will leave you full and happy.  I have even had it post dinner as a ‘dessert’ when I needed something sweet to satisfy a craving before bed.

Brownie Bite Oatmeal

  • 1/4 cup dry oats (I used quick cooking)
  • 1/2 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 Tablespoon Almond Butter
  • 1 Special K Brownie
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup water or almond milk (depending on how runny you like your oatmeal, I like a thicker oatmeal so I used 3/4 cup)

Combine oats and liquid together and microwave for 1-2 minutes, watching carefully so oats don’t overflow.  Once cooked (it will be runny until you add Shakeology) add in your Shakeology and almond butter.

Special K Brownie

All the yummy add ins!

Stir. Break brownie into bites and top your oatmeal with brownie bites.  Sit back and enjoy!

Brownie Bite Oatmeal

Just let that nut butter melt into the chocolatey goodness

The brownies come in two flavors – divine fudge and chocolate caramel – both amazingly delicious.  Imagine when you make brownies but you slightly under bake them just because that is heaven in a pan…got that in your mind?  That’s what these remind me of as they are super moist and the best part they are portion controlled for you and you don’t have to get one pan dirty to enjoy them.

Creating Better Tomorrow Tip – Have a sweet tooth at night?  Find pre portioned sweet treats so you can still have something sweet but you won’t go crazy and eat a whole chocolate bar!  These brownies are just the perfect size!

 Do you like your brownies well done or chewy and gooey?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Special K.

Unplugging from the World

Unplugging from the world – do you ever do it?  Have you ever thought how much you are plugged into the world?  It is actually quite sickening when you think how much we are always ‘on’, always connected to the world…so I signed up to for a day of unplugging from the world.

I was contacted by Creative Expressions and asked if I’d be interested in participating in their Unplugged campaign.  They’d send me a shirt to wear for the day and I could choose the day to unplug (Dan too ;)).  But that shirt came with a hefty task of COMPLETELY unplugging from the world. As a blogger and social media gal with my coaching work, this was a bit of a scary challenge.  But especially after writing put down the phone post…I was up for it.

try it - unplug this weekend

try it – unplug this weekend

So here is what Unplugging from the World entailed as challenged by Creative Expressions:

On that day, wear your shirt and take pictures documenting the activities you do with your friends and family in place of being plugged in to technology.  If you need to use your cell phone, use it for calls and texts only.  No internet, no TV, no movies, no video games, etc.  Instead, spend the day enjoying time with the people you love.  

Unplugging from the World

Unplugging

I may have ‘failed’ but the unplugging was a ‘success’

I won’t lie making Dan pick a day to do this was the hardest part :)  This whole football/basketball season overlap made it not the best timing but he picked this past Saturday.  *disclaimer he did have to work on Saturday so he used his computer but he assured me only in work software and programs*

I have to be 100% honest, I cheated…right off the bat I cheated but I want to share my ENTIRE experience with you so you can see just how much of a habitual thing technology can become.  Since no TV, I didn’t do my Max30 workout but did treat myself to my weekly long run.  I truly love running so once a week I’ve been hitting the treadmill for 7 or so miles…and I’d love to say I did it with no technology but I mentally told myself I couldn’t make it without something playing in my ears.  But I didn’t look at any social media – just listened to the Chalene Show podcast, so not a terrible cheat.

You’d think I’d have learned my lesson on not cheating but then I did a terrible thing and checked in with one of my Facebook accountability groups and actually commented on a post, just one then made Dan turn off my data and wifi, I knew I’d fail miserably if I didn’t, seeing as I”d cheated twice in the first 2 hours of being awake :(

So normally after workout I log into my blog – not today I did manage to NOT TURN ON A COMPUTER :) then I normally leisurely read blogs- not today…So what did I do?  Made a cup of coffee and my shakeology and sat down and read a book, a good old fashioned book for a bit, refreshing right? And do you know what?  I finished that book in one day…it’s truly marvelous what you can do with no tv after twins go to bed.  I just kept reading and reading and reading :)

Ok so after coffee and Shakeology (both essentials to start my day off :) ) I got ready for my day and picked up a bit as I had a food prep party Saturday afternoon (which I’ll be telling you more about soon). I was still sticking to my unplugged plan!  And the party kept me busy and not wanting to check in with my phone anyway.

After my party it was back to mom duty so I was busy with bottles, baths, and bed time.  Still going strong as I made some dinner BUT then after dinner, oh boy!  I don’t know about you but after a long day of work I just wanna relax and watch mind numbing tv or scroll through Instagram aimlessly.  But not tonight – as I mentioned I curled up on the sofa in my comfy PJs with a comfy blanket and read basically a whole book in 3 hours…score!

What did I learn from my day of unplugging?  It is much harder than you’d think!!!  And I’m a person who likes a challenge but so much of my daily interaction with the world as a SAHM and a blogger is through social media and the internet.  I also learned I didn’t miss out on too much :)  people still commented on my blog even though I wasn’t ‘on’, people still commented on my facebook wall even though I wasn’t ‘on’, the news still happened even though I wasn’t ‘on’….BUT I was more present in my own life right at home while being ‘off.’

Creative Expressions encouraged folks to document their day of unplugging with pictures (you could use your phone for pictures) but you know what?  I didn’t even do it…I took a few pictures, but I read books to the boys, I rolled on the ground with them, we sang songs together, I played with food and friends in the kitchen, I just totally was ‘on’ in life but ‘off’ online. Hmmm..interesting right?!?

Now I don’t know that I’ll habitually do a whole day of totally unplugging but I am really considering setting some firmer boundaries on just how much I’m ‘on’ with social media…because isn’t it much more important to be ‘on’ with your real life?

****Giveaway*** You can win your very own UNPLUGGED shirt! All you have to do is comment below, entries end on Thursday, January 29th at midnight!

Do you ever take full days or weeks off from technology?  Which would be hardest to turn off for you – phone, social media, tv? 

Creating Better Tomorrow Tip – Remember that life happens right within the very walls of your home and your community. Don’t let your own life pass you by as you get your fill of everyone else’s life through social media.  LIVE IN THE MOMENT IN YOUR OWN LIFE!