If there’s any time of year to crave a salad, this would be it. After a month or so of indulging, we’re ready to jump back into healthy eating, and we’re making plans to ensure we stick to it.
It’s relatively easy to eat healthfully if you’re prepared and have done a little meal planning, but what about when the 4pm hunger pangs hit? Or you’re rushing out the door with no time for breakfast?
Executive Chef Patrick spent December working on a few healthy snacks/breakfasts to answer the call when hunger strikes: Greek yogurt parfaits and overnight oats. We also rounded up some of our go-to protein/snack/energy bars for that mid-afternoon slump. Check them out below, and cheers to a healthy new year!
Chef Patrick’s Greek Yogurt Parfaits
A protein-packed breakfast or hearty snack. Each parfait includes unsweetened Greek yogurt layered with housemade granola and housemade jam. Choose from two jam varieties: mango spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg or strawberry balsamic with vanilla bean.
Chef Patrick’s Overnight Oats
Oats just need to be rehydrated, whether that’s quickly on the stove with water or soaked overnight in milk. We do the latter for these filling breakfast bowls, soaking rolled oats overnight in almond milk to create a super creamy texture, and then adding mix-ins such as coconut sugar, chia seeds, Greek yogurt, bananas, dates, and almond butter. There are three varieties: traditional with bananas, Greek yogurt, and chia seeds; nut butter with almond butter, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries; or salted turtle with dates, cocoa powder, pecans, and maple syrup.
Kate’s Real Food Bars
Originally designed for refueling while hitting the slopes, these lightly-sweet bars are perfect to help you power through your day, whether you’re donning skis, running shoes, or high heels. They’re made with organic oats, organic peanut butter, and organic honey, along with rice nuggets for crunch and flax seeds for fiber. Try the Stash Bar, Handle Bar, or the Tiki Bar for a snack, or one of the heartier bars if you’re feeling extra hungry.
Made with all-organic ingredients, these GMO-free bars are made with all the good stuff: nuts, seeds, dates, dried fruit, puffed brown rice, sesame seeds, and brown rice syrup. They were originally created by a cancer survivor looking to eat a macrobiotic diet, and they’ve stuck around for both macrobiotic eaters and macrobiotic opportunists because of their great taste and quality ingredients.
Yawp bars were originally designed for a paleo lifestyle, and are comprised of only eight ingredients: almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, coconut, sesame seeds, spices, himalayan salt, and a single date to bind the whole bar together. It’s on the crunchy side, and definitely less sweet if that’s your thing. And it happens to be Whole30 approved.
Raw Revolution Organic Live Food Bar
The outside may look like one of those fancy protein bars, but these “live food” bars are about as simple as they come. Almonds, dates, sunflower seeds, agave, sprouted flax seeds, and sea salt (and chocolate chips in a few varieties!) combine to make a clean snack you can feel good about eating.
the Gluten Free Bar
Even if you’re not gluten free, hear us out. These are fantastic, and packed with 12 grams of protein thanks to the addition of brown rice and pea protein. The cranberry toasted almond is a must-try, and if you have any special dietary restrictions, they’re also vegan, non-GMO, soy-free, dairy-free, and a good source of fiber.
Made locally in Chicago, these bars lay it all out on the front label: 3 egg whites, 6 almonds, 4 cashews, 2 dates, and no B.S. There’s 12 grams of protein courtesy of the egg whites and nuts, they’re paleo, and the following bars are Whole30 approved: chocolate sea salt, blueberry, coconut chocolate, coffee chocolate, and apple cinnamon.
Posted on 1/4/17.