Healthy Snack Options

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    NEWSLETTERS

    We all try to eat healthier, but it's easy to get caught off guard when you need to grab something to eat on the run. Check out these healthy snack suggestions from your NBC Chicago Fitness Club coaches. (Published Monday, Mar 21, 2011)

    Saran's Protein Bars

    This recipe only takes 5 minutes to prepare and it serves 4.  You can also double all of the ingredients to make more.

    INGREDIENTS:
    4 scoops of whey protein
    2/3 cup flax meal
    4 tablespoons chunky natural peanut butter
    1/4 cup water
    a dash or raw sugar to taste

    INSTRUCTIONS:
    Mix everything together in a large bowl and start stirring.  It may seem like it's not enough water, but continue stirring, it will eventually become a big, sticky chunk of dough.

    If you have to, add water, 1 tablespoon at a time.  Divide the mixture in four equal portions, and put them into separate pieces of plastic wrap, shaping into a bar within the wrap.

    Put the bars into the refrigerator, or store them in the freezer.  You can eat them chilled, or even frozen-- or you can eat them right out of the bowl instantly- but before you do that, divide the portions evenly!  Each bar contains roughly 280 calories, 30 g of protein, 6 g of fiber and 2 g of sugar.  It also packs a good dose of healthy fats from the flax seed mix!  You can't go wrong with these bars!  But like any supplement, nothing should replace whole food.