Kimberly Snyder: Healthy, Quick, and Easy snacks

 

Kimberly Snyder, nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author, “The Beauty Detox Power”

 

Shop Location: Glow Bio: 7473 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

*All can be picked up and purchased at Glow Bio

 

Gluten Free Quinoa Wrap

*Instead of sandwich with processed meat

 

  • Carbohydrates are a macronutrient that your body needs, so do not deprive yourself completely from carbs, which can create more imbalance. Rather, focus on incorporating whole, unrefined carbs like quinoa into your diet.

 

  • Quinoa is high in fiber and is non-GMO, gluten-free and usually grown organically. Even though not technically a grain (it is in the seed family), it still counts as a “whole grain” food.

 

  • Try to remember to always soak your quinoa overnight. Just toss it in a bowl with water! This helps you digest it better and absorb more nutrients.

 

Power Protein Smoothie and Endurance Protein Bars

*Instead of a processed protein bar

 

-      Chia seeds supply protein, fiber, Omega 3 fats, minerals and long-burning fuel.

-      This smoothie supplies 18+ grams, (may be more, depending on what protein powder you use), of easily assimilated plant protein into your body.

-      If you don’t have access to acai packets, which would be in the refrigerated section of your health store, just omit it, and add a bit more vanilla and cinnamon, for a vanilla-flavored drink. Blend and enjoy!

 

Recipe

Ingredients
Yield: one 24-oz serving

·         2 cups unsweetened almond milk or water, or a 50/50 combination

·         ¼ cup hemp or brown rice protein powder

·         1-2 Tbs. chia seeds (These are the Chia Seeds I recommend)

·         ½ frozen acai smoothie packet

·         Liquid stevia to sweeten

·         ½ tsp. cinnamon

·         ½ tsp. vanilla extract

 

Instructions

1.       Add the almond milk and/or water to the blender first, then the other ingredients. Blend until smooth.

 

Endurance Protein Bars:

 

-      I give these bars to my clients when the have physically demanding roles, or when they are working out a lot and would like a sweet treat. If you are an athlete or highly active, these are a great source of energy. They are a delicious dessert or treat that can be enjoyed in moderation by non-athletes too, except for Blossoming Beauties.

-       Almonds are another beauty food that are a wonderful aid for dry skin! You can enjoy the almonds in their full nutrition, without their amino acids (which build protein) being denatured by cooking.

  • They are an extremely rich source of the skin-beautifying antioxidant vitamin E, which creates smoothness and suppleness.

Ingredients
Yield: About twelve 3-inch bars

·         1 1/2 cups almonds

·         2 cups pecans

·         3/4 tsp. salt

·         1 tsp. cinnamon

·         1/2 tsp nutmeg

·         2 dried figs destemmed

·         2 dates, pitted

·         2/3 cup raw coconut nectar (use maple syrup instead if you can’t find this)

 

Instructions

1.       Pre-prep: soak almonds overnight in water, then rinse well.

2.       Pulse the nuts in a food processor and process just until they are slightly chunky. Be careful not to over process or you’ll end up with nut butter.

3.       Add the spices and vanilla extract, then the figs, dates and coconut nectar, and process until the mixture becomes evenly mixed and moist.

4.       Pour the mixture into an 8x8 inch glass baking dish and press in with the back of a spoon or with slightly moist hands to compress.

5.       Dehydrate at 105°F overnight for about 18 hours to harden or, if you don’t have a dehydrator, place in the oven at the lowest setting, with the door cracked open a bit for about 5-6 hours, or until it hardens enough to be cut into slightly firm bars. Sometimes, if I’m in a time bind, I don’t dehydrate or dry the bars at all, I just store them in the fridge and serve slightly more moist bars, which are perfectly fine to consume.

Chia Seed Delight (Pudding)

*Instead of ice cream or dairy yogurt

  • Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Chia seed oil feature a perfect balance of essential fatty acids: 30% Omega 3 oil and 40% Omega 6 oil.
     
  • Studies also show that eating chia seed slows down our bodies’ conversion of carbohydrate calories into simple sugars, which is great for preventing spikes in blood sugar, whether you are diabetic or not.
     
  • Chia seeds gel when wet and, when in our digestive systems, this gel prevents absorption of some of the food (and calories) that we eat. This makes the chia seed a great helper for those of us looking to lose weight!
     

Recipe
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup raw, organic chia seeds
  • 1 cup of Homemade Almond of Hazelnut Milk, or if it’s not possible to make it, use a store-bought unsweetened brand
  • ½ Tbs. raw cacao powder
  • Stevia or xylitol to sweeten

Instructions

  1. Place chia seeds in a bowl.
  2. Blend the almond milk, cacao powder and stevia or xylitol in the blender until mixed well and desired level of sweetness is reached. Pour over chia seeds and mix well.
  3. Let stand for at least 15 minutes before mixing again and serving.
  4. Enjoy!

 

Raw Pumpkin Spice Truffles

*Instead of cookies

 

  • Dates offer a healthier alternative to sweet ingredients; along with Stevia which is the best sweetener to use

 

  • Coconut in all its forms, including its water, meat and oil, is one of the finest beauty foods available to promote youthfulness!
     
  • Coconut oil is a fantastic beauty fat- unlike vegetable oils, which can go rancid when heated to high temperatures. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, including Lauric Acid, which metabolizes as energy and can stimulate metabolism.

 

  • Coconut oil can help normalize blood sugar levels, reduce adrenal work (and therefore exhaustion, which helps reduce under-eye circles), increase Beauty Energy and reduce the amount of digestive work that is required by your system.

 

Recipe

Ingredients
Yield: About 7 truffles

  • ½ cup pitted dates
  • 1⅓ teaspoons organic pumpkin spice
  • 2 tablespoons liquid coconut oil
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes
  • ¼ teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ teaspoons stevia

Instructions

  1. Start with the dates and pit them yourself.
  2. Then mash them up – the old fashioned way in a mortar and pestle! Or in a food processor (the latter is obviously far more convenient, but you won’t get the same arm workout!)
  3. Blend all ingredients together until smooth- including the coconut flakes.
  4. Roll up your sleeves, take a small amount of the mixture, and roll small balls between your palms. Add your love!
  5. Chill in the fridge for a few hours to help the truffles harden. If you are pressed for time, you can stick them in the freezer for an hour or so before serving. Extras are great to store in the fridge for a week, or freeze for even longer!

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