A few weeks ago, we compiled some of our favorite go-to recipes to help answer the dreaded question, “What’s for dinner?” The response in our community was a resounding fist pump, immediately followed by a request for more.
So once again we tapped the brains of the AMR staff, this time asking for snack recipes that were tastebud-approved, relatively easy to make, and would satisfy the munchies that #motherrunners encounter throughout the day. To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with grabbing an apple and a spoonful of nut butter in between the carpool line and laundry piles. But if you’re looking to stock your kitchen with some homemade snacks, there’s something here for everyone.
No-Bake Energy Bites
These little beauties are perfect for so many reasons. From the yummy ingredients to the no-oven-necessary directions, these bites are perfect at any time of day.
“I double it and cut down slightly on the syrup (which I use instead of honey). I eat these before a workout, during a hike, and sometimes before bed when I’m hungry and want something sweet but not over the top. We store them in our fridge, but they haven’t even lasted more than a day or two around here!” Dimity McDowell
White Bean Hummus
If you’re happy with baby carrots all by themselves, we’re ecstatic for you. For everyone else, why not take your veggies and crackers to the next level with a batch of delectable, healthy hummus.
“I love when there’s homemade hummus in the fridge, made by hubby, Jack. I scoop it up with baby carrots and heated-in-microwave pita bread.” Sarah Bowen Shea
Chickpea Protein Bites
If you’re trying to get from lunch to dinner without hitting the proverbial wall, let protein be your superpower. Reach for these bites and avoid the afternoon slump and brain fog that inevitably creep in around 3 pm.
“Packed with protein, these chickpea bites will have you feeling oh-so-pampered when you are searching for an upgraded treat.” Ellie Kempton
Granola and Greek Yogurt
When you’re in the middle of a training cycle, you need more fuel during the day. Look for snacks you can pull together quickly and help with recovery after a tough workout. Greek yogurt ticks all the boxes, and you can’t go wrong by topping it with some delicious granola.
“I never made granola before ‘needing’ to have this one after a glorious week of enjoying it at Rancho La Puerta.” Melissa Theberge
Hear us out: A snack that tastes like a party in your mouth is worth the minimal effort it takes to create. You can eat these straight out of the jar (no judgement from us!) or make a mini charcuterie board where these take center stage. No matter how you serve them, they’re eons better than a handful of stale Goldfish crackers.
“My kids love these, and I actually use the same recipe to make pickled carrots, which they like even more. The best part is there’s no fancy canning processes required.” Michelle San Antonio
S’mores Protein Bites
There’s a reason protein bites feature more than once in our recipe recommendations. They’re chock-full of nutrients, easy to prepare and have on hand for the week, and they keep you from stopping by Crumbl Cookie when you feel like indulging in a sweet treat.
“The perfect afternoon pick-me-up!” Jen Steele
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars
If you’re a sucker for all things pumpkin, these bars will not disappoint. They’re excellent as an after-school snack or as a treat with a cup of tea. There’s no reason not to double the recipe and make an extra pan to share with friends or family.
“I love to bake, and these bars are a better choice than a box of donut holes. I’ve even reduced the amount of maple syrup and they’re still amazing!” Cathy Engstrom
Filled with protein, healthy fats, and fiber, increasing nuts in your diet is a no-brainer. This recipe is a delicious way to add some flavor to plain pecans, changing them from ho-hum to oh-yum!
“While a handful of nuts doesn’t sound very satisfying, this recipe takes the humble pecan to masterpiece status. Paired with some sliced veggies, these make a delicious snack.” Sarah Wassner Flynn
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