Happy last Friday of June, everyone! Can you believe it? We’re already half way through the year!!
Lately, I’ve been dealing with the brutal weather (triple digit temps), stress from school, the ridiculously long commute, the herbal medicine that I have to take 3 TIMES a day…in other words, there’s a lot of stressors in my life at this moment!
So what inevitably happens when I feel overwhelmed and exhausted? SNACK ATTACK!
This does not bode well for many reasons – I end up not eating “real” meals. My precious vitamin and mineral intakes plummet. My tummy feels gross and bloated. I leave behind traces of crumbs everywhere. On these particular days when my husband comes home from work, without fail he says, “you’ve been snacking haven’t you?” According to him, more food comes out of my mouth than actually goes in. Sniff Sniff. I shall work on my table manners and learn to eat like a lady. Until then, pass me a bib please!
This week, my imitation larabars came to the rescue! They are nutritious, clean snacks I can feel good about popping into my mouth! Not to mention, they don’t leave any crumbs behind 🙂 . Score!
Not only are they delicious, but they’re SUPER easy to make! Love it when those two meet. Don’t we all? Plus, it will save you a lot of money.
Oh, and I usually purchase baby carrots, but this time they’ve been replaced with these:
This really freaked out the hubby. He thought it looked and tasted way too…wait for it, wait for it…”Carroty!” Hmm..Thanks hunnie, what a brilliant explanation. In my opinion, they taste far superior than their miniature counterparts! Not only that, in my nutrition class, I learned that regular carrots actually contain more vitamin A than baby carrots. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, which will definitely aid in absorbing all the healthy fats I have been consuming lately. Let’s just hope my face doesn’t turn orange in the process. I must admit, this is A LOT of carrots! But, don’t you worry, they will all end up in my tummy in one form or another. And since the hubby won’t help me, I’ve recruited this lil’ guy! And yes, he WILL beg for carrots! That’s my boy! He makes me so proud =).
The carrots have made an appearance in almost every single meal I’ve consumed this week, and snacks, like this one!
Carrot ‘n Nut Date Balls
Servings: 5 balls | Prep time: 5 min
- 10 pitted dried dates
- 1/2 C almonds
- 1 med-sized carrot *
- 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 Tbs. chia seeds
- 1 Tsp. coconut oil (optional)
Combine all the ingredients in the food processor and let it do all the work. When nicely ground, form into balls!
I suggest refrigerating them! I think they taste much better cold!
Oh, and don’t forget to remove the pits! Apparently one of them snuck by me, and I almost lost a tooth! Totally unexpected.
Wow! Somehow I managed to write a whole post on carrots. Who knew? 😉
Hope you enjoy and have a happy Friday!!
What favorite snacks have you or would like to recreate?
Do you shop at Costco? What do you purchase?