For years I have been eating Clif Bars as a main snack staple.
Obsessed. I always have one in my purse, just in case hangriness hits and always eat one for my afternoon snack at work. They’re seriously my go-to. Clif Bars are definitely a good way to curb hunger and are a healthy alternative to eating chips or crackers when you need a little something to tide you over ’til dinner.
Usually I don’t care too much about calorie counting whenever I’m eating clean or training for a half marathon – because just fueling your body is often the most important thing in that case! But when I’m not running every day and my jeans seem a little tight I do feel the need to focus on more nutrition with less calories.
It is quite depressing when MyFitnessPal gives me a 1200 calorie goal for the day (though don’t worry, I usually consume much more than that! 🙂 ) and 250 of those are taken up by my little Clif Bar snack.
I usually gobble them up in two bites and my brain is not satisfied by chewing up my snack before even realizing I’m eating it! Sometimes I exhibit restraint and eat half of a bar but then all you have is an open wrapper with a half eaten blob that ends up spreading stickiness all over your lunchbox. No thanks.
A great solution to the slammin’-down-the-Clif-Bar-problem are the ever popular oat bites that are taking over the blogosphere. I LOVE these babies and make them occasionally on the weekend when I have extra time to spend in the kitchen.
The only issue?
Lately when I don’t have gobs of time to make gorgeous homemade bites I have been doing the next best thing.
Yanking apart clif bars and rolling ’em into the fastest health food balls ever created.
I usually split them into three or four chunks.
Some are easier to form than others! When going gets tough, there’s always the hang rolling pin technique.
It’s like a health food shortcut.
1 ball = 63 calories.
My afternoon snack just got a lot more interesting!
Do you eat an afternoon snack? What do you usually have?
Thanks as always to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!