What do you do when ... you need snacks ?! 🍿
Updated: Apr 7, 2020
Stressed. Bored. Anxious. On edge.
What the hell do you do when you are stressed, stuck at home, bored out of your mind and anxious all at the same time ... ??
For most of us, we raid the fridge or the cupboards looking for comfort and solace.
About 88% of us are "hungrier" than normal when we are stressed.
Of the other 12% - some lose their appetite (that's me) and some have no change.
Boredom is also a form of stress. So, we look for stimulation and something to focus on that soothes us, just like we did when we were babies and mama gave us sweet, creamy milk when we cried.
I'm not here to tell you not to stress eat. I'm here to give you some super simple, super sexy suggestions for when you stress eat. 😃
When your body gives you signals of distress and sends you to the cupboards searching for comfort, a bolster of true nourishment really can often calm us and give our bodies the extra support we need...so instead of beating yourself up over stress eating, simply start to honor what your body is screaming for and grab a healthier choice.
Luckily, you've got a sister who's got your back.
Here are a few super simple, super sexy snack ideas for when you are stuck at home and stressed ...
Pop some popcorn: Forget the crappy and terribly unhealthy microwave packets. Grab your organic popcorn and pop it the old-fashioned way, in an air-popper or in a little coconut oil on the stove. Oh yeah, baby. Smell that? 🍿Now add a little himalayan salt, a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and even a little extra melted coconut oil or butter drizzled over the top. This is whole-food snacking at its best -- now you have that satisfying, stress-busting crunch, extra fiber and even a healthy dose of fat. Spice it up by experimenting with seasonings ... garlic, rosemary, cumin ... Italian, Cajun, Mexican ... get creative.
Kale is super sexy 🥙 It's loaded with fiber, antioxidants and powerful phytonutrients. It's one of the healthiest greens in existance and I freaking love it!! This easy recipe for kale chips provides about 150 calories that only requires an oven and a little time and close attention: Ingredients: Kale, torn into bite-sized leaves olive oil to coat salt to taste
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a bowl until the kale is bathed in oil and salt. Place kale pieces on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 10–15 minutes. Watch them closely, as they can easily burn.
Make a smoothie: Don't roll your eyes at me! Smoothies can be oh-so-delish, healthy, filling and decadent. Try my Spring Smoothie recipe, swap out ingredients, if necessary. Or, create something new. My hubby makes "peanut butter and jelly" smoothies by starting with a base of frozen banana and strawberries, peanut butter, protein powder and nut milk. If I call him on it, he'll even add spinach😇 You can try making a smoothie bowl by using less liquid, adding chia seeds and a sprinkle of raw nuts, seeds or fruit and eating it with a spoon, like this Chia Seed Pudding Parfait.
Smashed avocado on sprouted grain toast. 🥑 Avocado, lemon, garlic, salt. Egg optional. BAM! That's all I have to say about that 🤘
Sweet potato coins 🍠 ... tossed in your favorite oil, sprinkled with salt, pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika ... yeeessss! Or, be creative with your preferred seasonings ... Maybe a little cinnamon and maple syrup? Cumin and chilli powder? Italian? Go for it. Yams and sweet potatoes keep our skin and eyes
gorgeous and help keep blood sugar stable. This is a beautiful and kick-ass snack.
Definitely dip. I am a huge fan of cashew butter on apples or celery ... and you can use any wonderful nut butter you like ... walnut butter, almond, sunflower seed ... and good old peanut butter. You know what else makes a great dip ? Hummus! Eat with veggies like carrots, celery, zucchini, peppers, radishes, crackers or pita.
Hella Good Healthy Hummus
1 can of organic garbanzo beans, strained
1 large clove of garlic, peeled
¼ of a small white onion, peeled
½ cup organic extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 small-medium organic lemon
2 Tbsp tahini
salt & pepper (to taste)
1 rind of lemon zest (optional)
cayenne pepper (optional)
Put garlic cloves, onion and lemon juice in a food processor and pulse until chopped. Add garbanzo beans and pulse until blended. Add tahini, salt & pepper. Add lemon zest and/or a pinch of cayenne if you like.
While blending, slowly drizzle in extra light olive oil a bit at a time until it emulsifies. Taste test and adjust the final seasonings to your liking. If you prefer it a little thinner, you can add a bit more olive oil at a time until it reaches your desired consistency.
Pour hummus into a bowl and let sit in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours (if possible) so the flavors fully emerge. Drizzle olive oil on top before serving. Top with a dash of paprika, cayenne, red pepper flakes or ground pepper to garnish. Healthy and delicious. Dip away.
Don't eat beans?? Here's a tip -- peel a large zucchini and use that instead of chickpeas! Brilliant and delish -- just cut back on the olive oil. You may not need any at all ... or just a tiny drizzle to get a creamy consistency.
Remember the basics: Hard-boiled eggs, guacamole, baked yam or sweet potato drizzled with butter, coconut oil, cinnamon or maple syrup, cottage cheese with cinnamon and flaxseeds, or olives, cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of olive oil ... and of course, fruit.
Blissfully Sweet Snacks: Here is a recipe courtesy of Your Super for a super simple, super sexy snack to boost immunity and calm anxiety.
Magic Bliss Balls
Ingredients: 5 tsp Magic Mushroom mix 1 cup walnuts or pecans 1 cup pitted dates ½ tsp vanilla and/or cardamom (optional)
Directions: Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until sticky. Using your hands, roll the mixture into balls. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Tip: Roll the balls in shredded coconut.
Go nuts, baby. Grab any combo of raw nuts and seeds, add a few raisins, goji berries, dried cranberries or chopped up dried figs ... and you have a perfect snack to nibble while getting much needed fiber, protein, fat and minerals. There's no wrong way to do it -- just grab what you've got and mix it up. Here's a suggestion to get you started:
Trippy Trail Mix
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup walnuts
1/3 cup cashews
1/3 cup Brazil nuts
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup raisins, goji berries or cranberries
2 TBS shredded coconut (optional)
1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix thoroughly. Store in a glass mason jar with a tight fitting lid. This will keep for a month or more if stored in a dark cupboard. Snack freely.
Frozen banana NiceCream!! Simply put frozen banana in a high speed blender. Oh, yeah. Nicecream. Want to make it even sexier? Add Forever Beautiful for a burst of vitamin C and vibrant color to feed your beauty.
Super simple, super sexy 🤘
What are your go-to snacks??!!