School time and every activity requires sustained energy for focus and concentration; eating a balanced breakfast and lunch is a good start, but snacks are also essential for nearly everyone. Even (most) adults need snacks, I know I do!
School started, for my daughter, a week ago. Other kids went back to school this week, after the long Labor Day weekend. Regardless, the kids are back to school, to a rhythm, to a routine. Gone are the lazy summer days of eating popsicles on the back patio…I imagine that’s what my daughter does in the afternoons while she’s away at Camp Robin Hood for 7 weeks of summertime bliss.
I’ve recently added Kundalini Yoga to my weekly routine, it’s a type of yoga that I’d heard about for years, but never had experienced until a few months ago. I (ideally) practice twice weekly with Martha McAlpine at YogaWorks Midtown location; Martha is a true gem, an incredible woman who inspires me to push myself further than I thought was possible. Today, while lying on the mat, Martha was talking about welcoming the Fall, the energetics of the season, and the rhythm and routine that comes in this time of year. For me, as a mom, I welcome the return of the school schedule and a more tightly-focused meal plan, including make-ahead snacks!
What are your favorite snacks? Do you crave crunchy, salty snacks, or sweet treats? Maybe some of each? Most people eat snacks on the go, so it’s important to have options that are portable.
Two of my favorite snacks are kale chips and energy balls. Both are simple to make and easily transportable. Now, I know what you may be thinking – I can buy kale chips and energy balls (or bars) at the store. True, you can. But oftentimes, these packaged “healthy” snacks are loaded with unnecessary ingredients, including sugars, oils, and other fillers to make them shelf-stable for a long time. I prefer to make my own snacks, as packaged snack foods tend to be full of ingredients and additives that are not nourishing for any body. Plus, it’s fun to make these snacks, they’re easy and a good activity for enlisting my daughter’s help in the kitchen!
My go-to kale chip recipe and energy ball recipe are both made with 88acres Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter. Chocolate Kale Chips??? You bet, and they’re delicious! Find my recipes for Seed Butter Covered Kale Chips and Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter Energy Balls on the 88acres website. Make some time this weekend to prepare these plant-based, gluten-free, healthful, and nourishing snacks that your entire family will love. Adding snacks to your meal prep schedule is just another way to add good quality food to your life!