I've been getting lots of questions about what to do when "hangry o'clock" hits, but it's not quite time for a sit down meal.
The truth is that snacks CAN 100% be a part of a healthy, balanced diet. Particularly, when they are planned for and intentional vs. a graze-fest because we skipped a meal or forgot to pack a snack. Here are a few important things to remember about snacks:
Which healthy snack are you shopping for this week?
We know that money can be tight this time of year, but there's no reason to break the bank over your best foodie friend. Here are 7 of my favorite finds this year that any food-lover will have heart eyes over!
(1) Grove Collaborative Reusable Bag Essentials Set $4.99
You've probably seen these reusable bags pop up on our Instagram account a time or two (or three). One set comes with 1 snack bag, 1 sandwich bag, and 1 storage bag to fit any of your food saver needs. Save 54% off the original price of $10.95 now! Link to buy. (Pst! This link is an affiliate link, meaning, at no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission if you click through and purchase.)
(2) Sugar‑Free PBfit Peanut Butter Powder $8.45
This is for the peanut butter lover in your life! Haven't heard of PB powder before? It's simply roasted peanuts that have had the oil pressed out of them before they're ground into a powder. Why do we love it so? Peanut butter powder has 87% less fat than regular PB, but 100% of the flavor. And this sugar-free variety has 0g of added sugar! Grab a container on sale from it's original price of $12.08. Link to buy.
(3) five below Sushi Printed Throw Blanket $5.00
Who doesn't need something warm to cozy up to this time of year? Not only is this sushi blankie adorable for anyone young or old, it's great to travel with in the car or in the air! Easiest $5 decision of your life. Link to buy.
(4) Rifle Paper Co. Colorblock Weekly Notepad $12.00
Know someone who's trying to upgrade their meal planning game? This colorful weekly planner will keep even the least motivated committed to healthier eating habits in the new year. Link to buy.
(5) Boba Tea Fleece Pullover $12.00
I have no words. Link to buy.
(6) Whole Foods Market gift cards $5.00-500.00
Let your food lover pick what they want (what they really really want) with a Whole Foods gift card! It can be used at any of their locations in the U.S. and Canada for basics, indulgences, and everything in between. Link to buy.
(7) Paper Source Sketch Custom Recipe Card $26.20
Customize your gift this year without spending tons of cash. I LOVE this recipe card design by Paper Source! Order them in increments of 10 with a minimum of 20 cards in a set. Link to buy.
Now you can stress less this holiday season about gift giving and focus more on what really matters. :)
Well, we had one good week of fall weather friends :/ I don't know about you, but my taste buds undergo a major transformation whenever the seasons change. And it's nothing to gripe about! At The Meal Planning Method, we encourage our students to work WITH your taste buds versus against them -- research recipes that appeal to your palate, whether it's a type of cuisine (Indian, Thai, Mexican, Mediterranean, etc.) or food influenced by the weather (soups & stews vs. salads, warm meals vs. sandwiches).
Today, we're sharing one of our super simple go-to breakfasts (aka Breakfast "Master Meals") when the weather gets cooler out. Keep scrolling to learn more!
Oatmeal is so under-rated y'all! Oats -- no matter if instant, quick cook, old-fashioned, or steel-cut -- are ALL 100% whole grain, a good source of fiber and offer pretty much same nourishment (same calories, fiber and protein per serving). In addition, oats are VERY affordable (we're talking <$0.10 per serving) and super versatile in terms of what you can top them off with. If this still doesn't have your attention, this Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal recipes we're sharing has NO sugar-added, is naturally sweetened, and lower in fat thanks to the peanut powder (which is >80% less fat than regular peanut butter). Check it out!
NO SUGAR-ADDED PB & BANANA OATMEAL
That's it guys! So simple and balanced for your fall or winter morning.
Let me know what you think in the comments below and be sure to tag us in your posts with @themealplanningmethod.