Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Seeds (Paleo & Whole 30 approved)

14877152_1395514880459904_1128330828_nLet’s talk about snacks baby. Let’s talk about you, and me. Let’s talk about all the good things, and the bad things that may be. Let’s talk about Snacks! I love them, you love them, we all love them. Except for those people who say snacking is bad, and they don’t snack. Not hating on them, but I sometimes need a snack, and I enjoy a snack, and see no problem with that! Basically for this post, all I wanted to do was talk about some healthy snack options, some of my favorites that I have in the house right now, and how to keep your choices on the right track.

First off, healthy snack options? This kind of goes hand in hand with the ones I’m going to show you, but healthy snacks don’t include all those low calorie snack packs, and whatever else the food system tries to market as “healthy” because it’s low calorie and fat free. When you want a healthy snack, think real food with real ingredients. This can be a piece of fruit, veggies, leftovers from dinner, or really anything else that has real ingredients that you recognize. Snacks don’t have to be chips, crackers and granola bars. I do love some granola bars for snacks, but just eat a smaller portion of what you made for dinner last night and that can be a snack too.

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Carrot Fries
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Roasted Sweet Potato with Wild Friends Almond Butter

What are some of my favorites? Lately I cannot get enough roasted veggies in my life. From sweet potatoes, to carrots, and zucchini, they are all so good! Did I mention they are so easy too? I’ll mention this later, but making a bunch at night to have ready to go for the next day is a perfect way to get in some good nutrients when you want a snack.

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Granola bar with coffee is usually a good option
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Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars

As far as granola bars go, if I am really hungry, and maybe need to get through class, or have a bunch of errands to run, I’ll snack on an RX bar, or Simple Square or something a little denser. You can also get the recipe for my dark chocolate cherry granola bars, which are another great option, here. Usually I try to use these bars as part of a meal with something else, but who doesn’t love a nice granola bar every once in a while. Just make sure you are looking at the ingredients, and not having an insane sugar spike from all the extra sugar, or lots of other junk in them.

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Some of my favorite flavors from The New Primal

Recently, the wonderful brand, The New Primal, got me hooked on their grass fed beef sticks. They have so many different flavors to choose from. I particularly love the barbecue, and the classic. All of their snacks are sustainable, and a great source of protein. I’ve been able to find them in my local grocery store, but you can also find them online Here. Everyone who I have offered one to try has loved them. Go check them out if you like beef stick, and jerky!

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Homemade Plantain chips, and Mashed Avocado

Plantain chips, and mashed avocado or gauc is a serious addiction. I usually make my own plantain chips which I mentioned on Instagram how to make, but If I just want to buy some already made, Trader Joe’s has some in a purple bag that are excellent. They only have plantains, sunflower oil, and salt. Be careful with some of the other store bought ones, which will have sweeteners, and other preservatives.

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Toasted coconut, and pecans, with frozen cherries, and almond milk

Toasted coconut, any fruit, nuts, seeds, smoothies, or leftovers, all make great options for snacking. Don’t be afraid of calories, fat, or carbs; be afraid of chemicals and any of the yucky stuff listed in the ingredients. Your body knows how to process REAL FOOD, so snack on REAL FOOD.

Last things, which is something I know I struggle with too, is how not to eat whatever is in front of you when you want a snack, or are extremely hungry, and trying to hold off until the next meal? The answer is to be prepared. If you have time, make some snacks to have ready to go. It’s been really helpful for me to roast a couple pans of veggies at night, and store them in the fridge, that way in the morning or whenever I want them, they are already cooked, and I don’t have to wait 45 minutes for them to be done. I usually eat them cold, but you can also prop the in the oven, on broil for a few minutes, and they crisp right back up. Also, try not to let yourself get to the point of hunger that you have no control. When you start feeling hungry, and know you have a while until you eat again, just have a quick snack handy so you don’t put your self in that situation. Enjoy the snacks you have, enjoy the meals you have, and don’t worry about anything else. As long as you’re feeding your body properly, it can handle the rest for you.

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Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Seeds

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 10 Minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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2 Tbs Coconut Oil
1 1/2 Tbs Cacao Powder (I use Navitas Naturals)
2 Tsp Honey (omit for Whole 30)
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract (Omit for Whole 30)
1 1/2 Cups Pumpkin Seeds (I use GO RAW)

Directions:
1. In a pan, add coconut oil, cacao powder, honey, and vanilla.

2. Once Melted, stir in seeds, mixing until seeds are completely covered.

3. Once seeds are covered, you can strain out extra liquid in a strainer, or just spread entire mixture on parchment covered pan or plate.

4. Place seeds in fridge or freezer, until chocolate hardens.

5. Break up the seeds, and enjoy!

6. Store in cool place.

*For people making these on the Whole 30, I added a little crunchy sea salt before I cooled them.

Happy snacking,

Hannah

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