I have to new health snacks I’ve tried that I wanted to share with you. I, along with so many others, am trying to be healthy and lose weight. I can’t tell you how many years I’ve done this in January; most of my life really. I’ve struggled with my weight since I was 7 and I’m afraid that it’s going to be a lifelong battle. Even once I manage to get the weight off (which I have done before), it’s a constant battle to keep it off. Especially for someone like me, who has such a love for making really good food.
Just because food is healthy, don’t mean that you have to accept mediocre flavor. That’s the guideline that I follow as I eat better. If it’s something that I wouldn’t like when I’m not on a “diet,” than I’m not going to each it now.
I have been on the hunt for some new snacks to try making because (you’ve probably noticed this if you’ve ever gone on a diet too) healthy snacks are much more expensive to buy than junk food. I checked (with myself) and it’s a scientific fact. Homemade snacks are much cheaper, and you have ability to control what goes into them. Two good reasons to find some good ones that you like.
The first snack is called “Peanut Butter Banana Smugies” found on popsugar.com. Jenny sells the smugies as a sugar free, dairy free, ice cream sandwich. As a chronic dieter, who has tried her fair share of “this tastes just like a _____” I was very skeptical.
The second snack was also found on popsugar.com. These were called “Peanut Butter and Honey Balls.” They sounded simple enough to make and I already had everything to make them so I decided to give them a go. Here’s what I thought of each of them.
I am really glad that I tried the Peanut Butter Smugies. While I might not call them an “ice cream sandwich,” they were tasty and provided a nice cool snack when I was craving one.
I wanted to see if I could bring down the calories, without sacrificing taste so I tried them with PB2, a powdered peanut butter. I love PB2. I use it all of the time in my protein drinks to make a chocolate peanut butter milkshake. PB2 is not something that I would recommend mixing with water and eating straight like it’s real peanut butter, but when mixed with other things, it’s hard to tell that it’s not the real thing, and it only has 45 calories in 2 Tablespoons! I couldn’t tell a difference, at all, between the real Peanut Butter and the PB2.
This is super easy to make too. I’ve been thinking that it would be a fun one for my 6 or 8 year old to try. You just mush up bananas, mix in the peanut butter, spoon on to the graham crackers, and put the tops on. Once frozen, they’ll make a great after school treat.
The Peanut Butter and Honey Balls are my new obsession. They are the treat that I look forward to every day, and sometime I save calories, just so that I can have another one.
The peanut butter and honey mixed together make a very “naughty” tasting treat. I used dried Cran-Blueberries in them, and that is one of my favorite parts. It works really well with the other flavors. I also used unsweetened coconut flakes on the outside to roll the balls in, and while they don’t have much flavor, they do provide a nice “shell.”
The mixture is very, very sticky. To make it so I didn’t get really frustrated separating the mixture into balls, I used my large cookie scooper to shape them and dropped them directly into the coconut. I think that if I had not done this, they would have been a pain in the neck to make.
I made mine larger than the ones on popsugar. I got 9 balls out of the recipe; each having 178 calories with the blueberries and coconut.
To find the recipe for each of these, just click on the links above or on this one for the Smugies and this one for the Peanut Butter and Honey Balls. I used a 1:1 conversion for the PB2.