Healthy Snack Ideas From Fusion Fitness Instructor Lauren Murphy

This week we've got some yummy snack ideas and tips to keep your much needed snack sessions in check with foods to fuel your energy & satisfy your cravings.
Our own Lauren Murphy is hooking us up with her best tips & easy, quick recipes for snacks to keep around.
Mommy, instructor, nutritionist & all around beautiful babe, her classes are on fire and her Insta @lmurphy286 is full of cool stuff like this on the daily! 
Snack Like a Boss

  • Choose complex/dense/raw foods. Find a way to add some protein or healthy fat with it. For example, almond butter with an apple; hummus or avocado spread on a rice cake, or mixed nuts and berries.  
  • Focus on your food when you're eating/snacking. If you're checking your phone, scrolling through social media, watching tv, or stuck on your lap top you may plow through your food and not even remember eating it! When you focus on what you're eating it slows you and the digestive process down and can help you eat less because you allow time and awareness for feeling satiated.
  • Plan your snacks out just like meals. Being prepared will help prevent any slip ups. This also helps you portion out what you're eating so that you don't accidentally overeat as well. 
  • Identify your temptation foods. Don't keep these foods around your home or office because if you know that they are in reach, you will resort to them first!
  • Drink lots of water in between meals! Drinking water helps you break down food more effectively and keeps you hydrated all day. Sometimes when you think you're hungry you are really just thirsty! So try drinking some water first. 

Delish Snack Recipes
Cinnamon-Almond Butter Protein Balls

1 cup of almond butter (or your fave nut butter)
3 TBSP agave nectar
2 TBSP flax seed meal (ground flax seeds)
1 TBSP cinnamon
2 scoops chocolate protein powder
Dash of sea salt or chia seeds
Mix all ingredients and roll into little balls & refrigerate

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

1 1/2 C oats
3/4 C peanut butter
2 scoops chocolate protein powder
1/3 C honey
1 1/2 TBSP coconut oil
2 TBSP flaxseed
Blend together thoroughly in a blender
Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle sea salt to taste
Roll into bite sized balls & refrigerate

Chocolate Protein Puffs

2 scoops chocolate protein powder
1/8 C dutch cocoa powder
1/2 C coconut oil
5 TBSP honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix together in a bowl
Add 1 C of brown rice crips
Mix everything together
Spoon into bite-sized pieces, freeze for 20 minutes

Tahini Cumin Dip

2 TBSP tahini
1/2 TBSP coconut oil melted
1 TBSP honey or maple syrup
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
Whisk together - dip will be thick
Use dip with your favorite raw veggies! 

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