So we're fully into the new year and the resolutions are probably already starting to fall by the wayside. But one way you can keep your resolutions is by taking control of what you snack on. The easiest way to do this is to cut back on the processed foods you buy and make things your self! Don't let this scare you, it's not as bad as it sounds! Here are two great and easy snacking ideas, that also work great for easy breakfasts to get you going this new year!
Unfortunately Louisville doesn't have a Trader Joe's grocery store, but somehow I became addicted to Trader Joe's granola. Not only is it delicious, but it's significantly cheaper than what you find at the regular grocery store, and there are a lot of flavors. But where does granola get its high fat and calories? Oil and sugar. By making granola at home you can control these amounts and know exactly what's in your bowl. The basic recipe includes rolled oats, wheat germ, oat bran, oil, and a sweetener. Then add nuts, seeds, dried fruits, chocolate chips, coconut flakes or peanut butter. You mix all the ingredients together, bake for about 20 minutes and then enjoy! For more exact ratios, check out allrecipes.com or epicurious.com for more variations.
I'm a big fan of grabbing an energy bar for breakfast in the morning if I'm in a rush. But why spend $1.50 per bar when you can make them easily at home for significantly cheaper? The Luna Bar is one of my favorite brands of energy bar. It is actually made of as few as two ingredients! To make the basic Luna bar, combine dates and cashews in your food processor, chop to combine, and then form into bars. These should keep for about a week in ziploc bags. You can add dried cherries, apples, cinnamon or other types of nuts to change the flavor, but this should get your mind thinking! If you like Cliff bars better, check out this link to read about how to make those at home!
These recipes only take about 20 or 30 minutes each and provide a week or more worth of snacks or quick breakfasts. So why not take control of what your eating at start at home!
To get supplies for these snacks, check out Amazing Grace Whole Foods in the Highlands, or Rainbow Blossom in St. Matthews.