Hey ladies,

Hope everyone in Southern California is safe and indoors or have masks to filter the harmful particles in the air right now.

First and foremost is you and your family's safety.

In the meantime, I want to share with you my thoughts on late night snacks and some of my Go-Tos.

When it comes to food, I feel it can be a waste of time to be so consumed with when you're eating as opposed to what you're eating. Many of us snack and just eat "foods" with minimal nutrition and we eat A LOT of it. 

This is where things go wrong, because we're adding inflammation to our body with ingredients it does not recognize. And because the foods are nutrient deficient, we are then stressing our organs to continue to function without the micronutrients to give them what they need to optimally function. 

When you take this internal or nutritional stress and add it on top of the stress of day to day life, you're setting yourself up to store unnecessary fat.

Ok, so back to the snacks. Here are the 3 tips that will keep you on track with your goals, while also satisfying your cravings. 

1. Satisfy your craving! If you don't, you will be unhappy and may binge on junk later.

2. Choose wisely! Homemade whole food snacks are your best bet.

3. Be prepared! If you know you like to snack after dinner or right before bed time, have your snacks ready, because if the craving hits and you aren't prepared, this is when trips to 7/11 or CVS happen and there are no healthy options there besides bananas. Lol!

Below you will find some ideas for both sweet and savory snacks.

For The Sweet Tooth Snacker:

- Frozen Fruit is the best! Frozen blueberries by themselves is a super awesome light snack. You can also do a Mango Sorbet - blend frozen mango with plant milk and about 1Tbs of maple syrup. Put back in freezer for about 20-30min and BOOM!

- Dates! I call these nature's candy. They are super sweet and delicious, just by themselves. I sometimes add nut butter to the middle of it and top with some sea salt to get a sweet/savory mix. Or you can make Chocolate Truffle Balls with them.

Chocolate Truffles (need a food processor)
Add 1 Cup pecans and pulse 'til they are crumbles. Stop before they become too fine.
Add 1 Cup dates (make sure to remove the pit)
Add 1-2 Tbs of Cacao powder or Cocoa powder (cacao is original chocolate and more nutrient dense)

Take out and roll into balls. Let set in freezer for about 30min - 1 hour. 

- Wholegrain Cereal! Yes, I said it! Go ahead and fulfill that inner child and have cereal for dessert. The difference is, this time it won't be Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Cap'n Crunch. This time you will read the ingredient list and make sure the grains used are whole with minimal sugar. Enjoy with some unsweetened vanilla plant milk!

- Basic Granola Bars! 

1 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
1 Cup Brown Rice Crisps
1/2 Cup Raw Nut Butter (I use almond)
1/2 Cup Brown Rice Syrup or Maple Syrup (brown rice is stickier, but I prefer maple)
Vanilla Exrtact
Cinnamon and other spices you enjoy
Sea Salt
Dark Chocolate Chips

Mix oats and crisps, put nut butter and syrup in saucepan on light heat. Pour in vanilla and other spices. Stir until smooth. 

Pour a little bit at a time, making sure to coat all the oats and crisps. Add salt to taste if you're about that sweet/savory life. Lay flat on baking sheet or plate.

Next, heat dark chocolate chips in microwave to melt. You can either drizzle on top or make an entire top layer of chocolate. 

Pop in freezer for about 1 hour. Slice in squares or rectangles and enjoy!

For My Savory Folks:

- Dips! Hummus or Guacamole. Use raw fruit as a dipper and enjoy. Do not overthink it, just have it ready to go. Make sure to season them so you do enjoy them.

- Edamame! Pick up a frozen bag from Trader Joe's. Boil. Top off with sea salt, garlic and nutritional yeast. Yes Please!

- Roasted Chickpeas! 

1 Can Chickpeas
Chilli Powder
Sea Salt
Black Pepper
Garlic Powder
Smoked Paprika
Teeny bit of oil
Mix all together and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or more if you want more of a crunch. 

Tea and Hot Cocoa. (Not packaged hot cocoa! Take the same dark chocolate chips and heat them in a saucepan with your favorite nut milk.) Mmm...

Alright, so I hope that eased some of your fears about not being able to satisfy your cravings. With a little preparation, knowledge and love for your body and wellbeing, you have no reason to fear snacking. Just practice awareness, move your body everyday and choose wisely.

You got this!

Dedicated To Your Success and Love of Food,

Mia Shanté
Nutrition Coach
Strong 4 Pole, Co-Owner

P.S. If you need help with this, just reply to this post and we'll help you out.