3 Chocolate Treats to Curb Cravings
This guest blog post is written by OnPoint Nutrition, a team of Registered Dietitians and Nutritionist who specialize in one-on-one virtual nutrition counseling.
Snacking, when done right, can be a healthy habit that can help you manage weight and lead a healthier lifestyle. By utilizing snacks to get from meal to meal, you can control both hunger and cravings! Fruits and veggies are quick and easy go-to snacks but if you’re thinking about something a little more exciting, try some of our recommendations below.
1 cup rolled oats
4 tbsp tahini
3 tbsp honey or agave
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Pulse ingredients in a food processor until dough-like texture is formed. Scoop out tbsp. portions and roll into balls. Freeze for at least 20 minutes before transferring to the refrigerator.
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
1/2 cup creamy all-natural peanut butter
1 tbsp almond flour
2 tsp coconut oil
Pinch of sea salt, more for topping
1-2 tbsp raw honey
1 cup dark chocolate (bar broken into chunks or chips)
In a medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter, honey, almond flour, 1 tsp coconut oil and a pinch of salt. In another microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate with other tsp coconut oil. Melt in microwave in 20 second intervals, mixing in between until fully melted. Line one muffin tin with paper or silicone liners. Fill with 1-2 tsp chocolate, top with tsp of peanut butter filling, top with another tsp of chocolate, ensuring peanut butter is covered. Place pan in fridge or freezer for 10-20 minutes for chocolate to set. Store in fridge or freezer.
DIY Protein Bars
1 cup old-fashioned oats
2 scoops chocolate protein powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
½ cup milk of choice (almond milk preferred)
1 cup all-natural peanut butter
3 tbsp honey (agave or pure maple syrup also work)
Combine milk, peanut butter and sweetener of choice in large bowl. Microwave for 15 seconds. Stir and microwave for an additional 15 seconds. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper and press mixture evenly. Freeze for at least 15 minutes. Cut into bars. Store in air-tight container in freezer or fridge for up to one week.