just one.

i worked from home on monday to try and kick the cold/migraine thing that was sticking around all weekend. it was nice to work with a window – i watched the sky puke snow all day; it was oddly beautiful.

being home also allowed me to poke my head into the fridge at slow-work times. instead of making a proper meal, i grazed throughout the entire day. i made spiced pecans, roasted beets and cauliflower, and snacked on yogurt, cherry tomatoes, and cups of tea.

my name is laura and i am a serial snacker! (hi, laura)

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thanks Vega for so appropriately depicting me in a cartoon.

while monday’s snacking options were on the healthier side, it’s not always the case (read: it’s impossible for me to say no to barbecue chips). oh, and then there is the mindless snacking – you know when you reach for something to munch on, not because you’re actually hungry, but because you are bored, or lonely, or trying to eat your emotions.

it’s still okay to give in to the growlies – it just depends on how you do it.

that’s where Vega’s #OneChange campaign comes into play. instead of reprimanding yourself to “be better” or making silly, unrealistic resolutions, Vega is encouraging everyone to make one change, just one, to live a healthier, more active lifestyle.

i took on this challenge using VegaOne french vanilla nutritional shake. i’ve made smoothie recipes before with VegaOne, and while all delicious, a shake doesn’t do much for me in curbing the cravings monster. i need to chew.

so i decided to make an all-encompassing snack – protein, carbs, healthy fats. two or three of these little bad boys come to work with me, and it’s an easy way to stay full with a delicious treat. this flavour combo is going to knock your socks off.

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vanilla peanut butter protein balls
makes one dozen – i adapted this recipe from myvega.com.

ingredients:

  • 1 scoop vanilla Vega One protein powder
  • 1 cup oats
  • 3 tbsp ground flax seed
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

directions:

  1. combine all ingredients in medium-sized bowl.
  2. add a tablespoon or two of water if dough is too dry.
  3. form into balls.
  4. put in freezer and allow them to harden for a half hour.  they can be stored in fridge or freezer.

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what’s one healthier change you’ve made lately?

 

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