Summer Snacking with Bite Snacks

Summer snack idea cricket protein bars

Summer holidays = no more packing lunches, but it does mean we need to keep a cupboard full of snacks. Whether we’re at home or out for the day, I try to keep stocked with healthy, convenient snacks the kids love. Earlier this year I was introduced to Bite Snacks by my trainer, Erin, and as someone who knows her way around health and fitness, I figured if she thought these bars were worth trying, so did I. One catch: they’re made with cricket protein!

These protein bars are a great healthy snack option for Summer

…So what does that mean? It means that each bar is packed with protein from a sustainable, nutritious source from right here in Canada that is eco-friendly and easy to digest: you got it, crickets. Now before you start wondering about the taste and texture of cricket, let me put you at ease. Because the cricket protein is ground up and blended into the bars alongside the other tasty ingredients, you’d never know there was anything different about these protein bars. Proof? My kids love them. 

These bars come in 3 flavours: Jiminy Ginger, Peanut Better, and Chocolate Chirp. Our family tried the variety box so we could compare the flavours, and the Chocolate Chirp and Peanut Better came out the winners. Anytime I can add in another healthy snack into the mix, especially during the Summer months when we’re on the go a lot of the time, I’m happy. These bars are like a cross between a granola bar and protein bar, full of flavour and other tasty ingredients like nuts, dates, and oats- anytime the kids see one they ask to have one, so I feel like we’ve found a winner in the snack department.

Healthy + Sustainable = Win Win!

If you’re looking for a healthy snack for on-the-go and are conscious of where the ingredients in your food come from, Bite Snacks are a great option. Another thing I learned while trying these bars out with the family is that cricket protein is an eco-friendly and sustainable protein option, requiring far fewer resources than other protein sources. For example, cricket protein requires 200x less water to produce, greenhouse gas emissions are 100x lower, and 12x less feed than what is required to produce beef. Now you know! 😉

Even though the thought of eating crickets may not jump out at you, Bite Snacks make cricket protein more appetizing by serving it up in their yummy bars and protein powders. Erin (my trainer over on Muscles and Mommies) used their protein powder to make some delicious protein- packed pancakes and they were a hit with her kids and mine- perfect for make-ahead snacks/ breakfasts. You can find her recipe for Gluten-Free Protein Pancakes here if you want to give it a try. 

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More Good Stuff to know about Bite Snacks

-gluten free

-non-GMO

-Dairy-free

-6G of protein in each bar

-great source of fibre and iron

-made from a sustainable protein source

About Bite Snacks

Bite Snacks provide cricket protein in the form of protein bars and powder with no added fillers or preservatives, using only organic and natural ingredients. You can purchase Bite Snacks products on their website and on Amazon. To learn more visit the Bite Snacks website and find them on social media: Instagram | Facebook

Disclosure: I received product and compensation in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Bites

 healthy gluten free banana chocolate chip muffin bites recipe

You know when you’re running out the door or packing lunches and wish you had a healthy snack to grab? These little muffin bites are perfect for that aaaaaaand for using up all those ripes bananas you’ve got hanging out in your freezer (it’s embarrassing how many I have in mine!!! I just don’t like the idea of throwing them out so I end up with half my freezer loaded with bananas waiting for me to get in the baking mood). These little bites pack a nutritional punch and are perfect for an on-the-go snack or as a healthy addition to packed lunches. View Post

Strawberry Chia Parfait

3 step strawberry chia parfait

If you’re looking for a healthy snack or breakfast idea, this parfait is perfect. Canada has a big birthday coming up this weekend and there’s lots to come to OHP to help celebrate our amazing country turning 150. To kick off the week of patriotic posts, what better than a recipe inspired by the colours of our flag? This red and white parfait is a healthy snack option (that only takes 3 steps to make!) for a Canada Day party or picnic and even though it’s inspired by July 1st, it’s perfect anytime as a great snack or breakfast option. See below for how to make them at home.

Ingredients

Recipe makes two parfaits

– fresh organic strawberries, sliced

– 2 cups organic vanilla yogurt

-chia pudding (see below for instructions)

Directions

  1. Start by making the chia pudding: in a jug or bowl mix 2 cups of organic milk with 1/2 cup of chia seeds (you can also add a tsp of vanilla extract). Stir well and allow to sit for 20 minutes+ or overnight.

chia pudding

2. When the chia pudding is ready build the parfaits by alternating scoops of the vanilla yogurt with the chia pudding and strawberries. Tip: If you want to create distinct layers, use the yogurt as a barrier to help keep the chia pudding from blending in with everything. Ie use a layer of yogurt after each layer of chia pudding and strawberries. 

  

yogurt with chia pudding

  3 step strawberry chia parfait 

3. Repeat until the jars are full and top with some strawberry slices. Serve & enjoy!

    

3 step strawberry chia parfait

3 step strawberry chia parfait

Check out the Healthy Snacks page for more recipe ideas like this!

See these posts for other ideas to celebrate Canada: 

#RedandWhite Pop Up at The Local Space: Post a Photo to Win!

Oh Canada: 10 Ways to Get your ‘Eh’ On for Under $75

Canada Day Bunting Printables

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No Bake Protein Bites

You know that feeling when you’re craving something sweet & salty but you’re trying to eat healthy and you can’t think of a snack idea that checks off both the tasty and healthy boxes? These no- bake protein bites are perfect. They’re tasty, quick to make, and loaded with good- for- you ingredients (aren’t I nice trying to help you stick with your new year’s resolutions? 😉 ).

I’ve shared similar recipes before and thought I’d revamp this one from a while back. I made a batch of these over the weekend and think I’ll double the recipe for next time so we’ve got plenty to spare. They’re great to make ahead and keep in the fridge as a quick, healthy snack to tuck into lunches and pop in your bag on busy mornings for an energy boost. And let’s face it, when healthy options are quick and easy (and don’t taste like cardboard), it makes it an easier choice to make. Now go get your nom nom on!

Ingredients

1 cup dry oats (I used gluten free)

1/2 cup organic peanut butter (+ 2- 3 tbsp if find your mix is a bit dry)

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1/4 cup flax seeds

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

no bake protein bites ingredients

Directions

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl until well combined…

… I added the peanut butter last so I could gauge if I needed to add more

no bake protein bites

3. Use your hands to knead the mix and help get all of the ingredients to stick together

4. Cool the mixture in the fridge for 10 minutes (this will help the bites hold their shape)

no bake protein bites

5. When chilled, scoop small handfuls and shape into balls either by squeezing the mixture in one hand or rolling with two. Depending on the texture of your mix one method may work better than the other

no bake protein bites

6. Place on a plate or in a dish as you make the balls. When you’ve rolled all of the mixture pop the bites into an air- tight container and store in the fridge. Enjoy throughout the week for a healthy/ yummy snack!

no bake protein bites

 

I’ve just seen a protein muffin online, so I think I’m going to have to try and make some of those next! For more yummy healthy snack ideas, like these Strawberry Chia parfaits, check out the Healthy Snacks page!

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Festive Popcorn

It’s that time of year when everything is starting to feel festive and Christmas spirit starts to take over. Will and I are still big kids at heart and get into the mood early with things like festive cocktails, decorating, and lots of Christmas tunes (I don’t think it gets any better than doing holiday baking while pumping your favourites in the background). If you’ve got some parties coming up or need some festive stocking stuffer/ teacher gift ideas, this popcorn is perfect. I made mine minty- what’s more Chrismtas- y than candy canes?- but you can choose whatever holiday treats you like for your mix. It’s simple to make and looks super cute when finished off with some Christmas wrapping or served in cute paper cups at a party. Just try not to eat it as you go or you won’t have any left! 😉
Ingredients:
4 cups popped popcorn
1 cup mint chocolate chips
1 cup mint candies (this will equal approx 1/4 cup when crushed)

 

Directions:
1. Once your popcorn is popped and cooled (you don’t want it to melt your candies), separate your various ingredients into bowls.
2. Unwrap your candies and place on a piece of parchment paper. Fold the parchment over the candies and using a rolling pin crush them into small pieces.

 

 

 

3. Now for the fun part! In a bowl or jar, begin mixing your ingredients together in layers starting with popcorn at the bottom. Do this until you’ve mixed everything up together and your container is full. It looks super cute stored in a mason jar with a lid or…

 

 

… wrapped up in a cute container like a Chinese take- out box to give as a gift!

 

 

… finish it off with some pretty ribbon or twine and some Christmas greens for an easy party favour or teacher’s gift.

 

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