Is it just me or does winter weather actually make you hungrier? In the warmer months, it feels simple to eat light—cold salads, grilled fish, and watermelon abound! But as the temperature drops (*putting on another scarf as I type*) I want heavier, more indulgent foods to help heat me up. So how can you get that yummy, hibernating feeling without sacrificing nutrition? Here are my fave go-to snacks to keep your energy high and still give you those toasty-by-the-fire feels.
If your tastes are on the saltier side, edamame is a great low calorie, high fiber food to nibble on. Don’t believe the anti-soy hype out there. It’s a fantastic complete protein source. Extra perk: it couldn’t be simpler to make! Just pop some edamame (available frozen at the grocery store) with about 1/4 cup of water in a microwave safe bowl and cover with a paper towel. Cook on high about 4 minutes, drain remaining water, and add a pinch of salt to taste. You can also spice these up by adding a pinch of chili powder, pepper flakes and garlic powder.
No-Bake Granola Bites
The best accompaniment to a steaming cup of Vitamin Coffee. These bites are easy to make in bulk (this recipe makes about 25) and have handy as a grab and go energy boost for both kids and adults. Just thoroughly combine all ingredients, put small rounded balls (about a tablespoon each) onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and refrigerate for an hour or two. To supercharge this snack’s nutrient power, add a chopped Nutrient Bar to the mix before refrigerating.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week or freeze to keep longer.
- 2 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 cup ground flaxseed
- 1 cup crispy rice cereal (unsweetened)
- 1 cup creamy nut butter (sunflower butter works too)
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips or dried fruit
- 1 chopped Nutrient Bar
- 2/3 c honey or agave
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
Homemade Turmeric Latte / Golden Milk
Tasty, anti-inflammatory, and pretty to look at, a turmeric latte gives me a warm boost on chilly afternoons. There are plenty of pre-made blends out there, but making your own is easy with only a few ingredients and allows you to customize to your tastebuds. Time-saver: Combine the below ingredients, blend thoroughly, and keep in a small, air tight jar so it’s ready to go whenever you want a cup!
- 4 Tbsp ground turmeric
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
Heat 8-10 ounces of your chosen milk (dairy or non-dairy both work!) on the stove or in the microwave (avoid bringing to a boil), whisk in a heaping teaspoon of your spice mix and enjoy the frothy goodness! Note: For a less creamy consistency, blend with hot water instead of milk and for a slightly sweeter flavor, add a pinch of your favorite sweetener. Other spices that work well in this blend are cardamom, nutmeg, and ground clove (about 1/8 tsp will do the trick!). Add a couple of Nutrient Cookies for extra healing goodness.
Happy snacking, everybody!