4-Ways to Tame the Snacking Beast in the New Year + Bonus Healthy Granola Recipe


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I’m all about snacking.  Even a fit mama has to get her “chip-on,” you know what I’m saying? 

In all seriousness, it’s important to know how to snack healthily.  Why?  We all do it.  It’s an important skill that I had to learn as an over eater.  Just because something has “good in it” doesn’t mean I eat 5 bags.  I eat one or two servings, enjoy, and stop. 

In the past, I could never keep anything for more than 2 days.

Now, things hang around for weeks, and it’s not because it’s not good.

There are two components to healthy snacking.

  1.  Finding the best snacks that offer your body benefits.  If you are going to snack, get some benefits, at least that’s what I say. For example, a chip that is made with quinoa and chia.  Quinoa is a grain that offers protein, giving you all the essential amino acids your body needs to work healthily.  Chia seeds offer are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium. Omega-3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke.
  2. Eating healthy amounts.  There is an art to eating one or two servings and stopping.


I am going to offer healthy options of snacks which benefit the body.  Number 2, we will address later.  šŸ™‚



The Chip

There are two options I love here.


Boulder Canyon

I love the rice and bean snack chips from Boulder Canyon.  They are made with Adzuki Beans, which have many benefits including..

Adzuki beans are an awesome source of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They’re packed with protein, fiber, folate, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, copper, magnesium, zinc, iron, thiamine, vitamin B6, riboflavin, niacin, calcium and more.




I love the plain and the chipotle cheese flavor.  The chipotle has a bite, if you love spicy as much as I do, try these!  They are great alone or with a sandwich made from gluten-free sourdough and a salad (my favorite meal).

With one serving of 10 chips, it’s filling, great for you, and satisfying.

10 chips doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is with these  10-20 chips satisfies the snacking beast in me. 

I highly recommend these as an option.

Interested.  Check out the store locator where you can pick some up near you!


Late July Quinoa and Chia

These are an excellent option.  A robust chip made with both quinoa and chia.  The best thing, these are unsalted!  No salt addiction, no going back.

Excellent with salsa and guacamole, these work well with half of a sandwich and a salad – my favorite dinner!




These restaurant style tortilla chips are an excellent substitute to normal highly salted no-benefit tortilla chips. 

Try making nachos with them.


You can buy some HERE at 30-50% off the retail price.


I’m excited.  You are going to have so many healthier options to support your health and fitness goals in the new year!


The Popcorn

I love my air-popped popcorn!  I love to have it with 1 Tbsp butter and Himalayan salt.  Sometimes I will save almost all of my carbs so that I can have a huge bowl full!

A cup of plain pop only contains around 31 calories (compared to a cup of regular potato chips which holds around 139 calories). Popcorn also contains fiber and is the only snack that’s 100% whole grain.

Popcorn is my favorite snack!

If you don’t have an air-popper, or want a store-bought snack option, try, Oh My Ghee!




This popcorn is made with Ghee Butter.  Have you heard of it?  Ghee is clarified butter which means the milk proteins are extracted, making it perfect for people following the paleo/primal lifestyle or who want a more healthy option.

Oh My Ghee has a slightly buttery, slightly salty flavor.  It’s not over powering, and tastes like natural popcorn. 

I love it!

No fake flavor, no fuss, no muss. 

I love it alone while watching a show or movie after a long day.


Bonus: Homemade Granola

I love granola with my homemade skyr yogurt, some homemade almond butter, and/or some low carbohydrate berries – either for a snack or a dessert!  Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries or strawberries make the perfect accompaniment.

In my opinion, the problem with store-bought granola is it’s too high in calories.  The carbs and fat is outrageous.  No matter how much I love it, I just can’t stomach it.

I created my own simple homemade granola, that has an excellent taste, with just a fraction of the calories of store-bought granola.




Pumpkin Seed Granola With Black Mission Figs
Serves 16
A delicious and healthy pumpkin seed granola made with black mission figs.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 2 cups Rolled Oats
  2. 1/4 cup (30g) Raw Pumpkin Seeds
  3. 3 pieces cut 2 Tbsp. Raw Honey
  4. 2 Tbsp.
  5. 2 Tbsp. Ghee or Butter
  1. Heat the oven to 250 F degrees.
  2. Prepare an 8X8 pan with parchment paper
  3. In one bowl Melt the butter/ghee, add the honey, mix, and set aside,
  4. In a separate bowl, weigh out the granola and pumpkin seeds.
  5. Pour the butter mixture over the granola mixture and mix well. Make sure all of the oats and seeds are coated.
  6. Place the mixture in the prepared pan and place in the oven for 25-minutes.
  7. Mix once halfway through cooking.
  8. After baking, allow to cool.
  9. Cut the mission figs into tiny pieces.
  10. Once cool, add the mission figs, mix and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
  11. Enjoy!
  1. Macros - 10g carbs, 2g protein and 2.5g fat per serving.
  2. Make more! Bring it to a New Years celebration and share with others! This recipe is easily doubled or tripled
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What are your favorite healthy snacks?

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