It was Friday night. Kids were away. My honey and I were about to watch a late night movie at home and I had the munchies. Of course I had the munchies…it was Friday night!! And for the past couple of months, it had become a habit to have some late night snacks with our movie watching. I will admit my version of “late night snacks” is still much healthier than most but it involved processed food and I am trying to stay away from that right now as much as I can while I cleanse my body. I had been doing well all week. Successfully completed my 3-day juice cleanse, continued with juicing and smoothing throughout the day and eating whole foods for dinner and I was NOT about to let the first weekend into this new routine ruin it for me. What should I have? I kept pondering as I opened the pantry, then the fridge, and then the pantry again. I soooo wanted to grab the bag of rice chips that were staring at me from the pantry…they’re healthy right? Well yes, but NOT if you’re trying to stay away from all sorts of sugars. Remember, cane sugar is better than processed white sugar, but at the end of the day, it’s still sugar. I had to get rid of the craving and succumbing to it was NOT an option. So back to the fridge. Did I mention it was Friday and the kids had just gone to their dad’s for the weekend? That’s right…that means the fridge was on empty…a couple of cartons of almond milk, a bit of kale, some oranges and lemons and limes, and oh yes, some almond butter. Not much to get creative with. And then it hit me!! I saw my mason jars full of flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and chia seeds and it was like a light bulb!! I could make a seed bowl! Packed with protein to keep me full, added with a bit of crunch, to satisfy that craving I had for rice chips, and I was ready to go and curl up on the couch to watch my movie with no distractions.
I’ve had this recipe from Tosca Reno for years and actually forgot about it. I’ve made some modifications to it and it takes all of 5 minutes and truly is a great power punch of a snack. Be sure to add a bit of cinnamon if you have a sweet tooth like I do ;).
2 tbsp hemp seeds
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp oat bran
1/2 cup almond milk
Optional: 1/2 cup berries or 1/2 a banana (sliced) for topping
Place dry ingredients in a bowl. Add milk and stir. Let sit for a couple of minutes. Add fruit on top, if desired, and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Until next time,
Have a fit and fabulous day!