Snacking Grace

by HEAB on July 13, 2017

Hi!!! Long time, no talk.  I’ve had a few ideas for posts on my mind, and I’m finally sitting down to share.  Let’s talk about snacks.  They happen often at our house.  Seriously, our kids start asking for snacks about five minutes after we clean up breakfast and then every two hours thereafter until they are asleep…not until bedtime, because we sometimes hear, “I’m hungry” after teeth are brushed, books are read, and everyone is tucked in for the night.  I used to be really good about making homemade snacks, but I seem to be crunched for time lately and often find myself grabbing easy portable snacks for when we’re on the go. In an ideal world, I’d make everything from scratch and keep our freezer stocked with homemade granola bars, etc., but I’m trying to give myself more grace this year. So, I wanted to share a few of our favorite go-to snacks we’ve been enjoying this summer.

My favorite snack is a rice cake + almond butter.  However, have you ever tried giving a kid a rice cake in the car?  No bueno.  So lately, we’ve been relying on various energy type bars to keep the hangry monsters at bay.  Larabars were a staple in our house a few years ago, but the kids tired of their orange and brown snacks (cashew cookie and peanut butter bar flavors) after eating them everyday for over a year.  So, I stopped buying them, but Larabars made a comeback when I did Whole30 a few months ago (anyone else gain weight and not sleep on Whole30?  Just me?).  Anyway, I love the simple list of ingredients, and they’re always on sale for a dollar or less somewhere.  The kids are loving the chocolate chip cookie dough, and my favorites have always been Cashew Cookie and Cherry Pie.

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Snacks for Meadow Music.  We’re in Colorado at the moment, and the kids love Jeff & Paige!

Back in June, Chris and I celebrated our ten-year anniversary a few months early and spent a week hiking around Bend, Oregon.  Every morning, we loaded up on oatmeal at our hotel and then made sure to pack snacks and plenty of water for our daily hike(s).

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Sunblock, bug spray, and snacks.  Check.  Another discovery during Whole30 was the above RXBAR.  The mint chocolate is my flavor of choice.  When we hiked the Summit Trail around Smith Rock, we needed more of a dense energy bar and went with the Macrobars pictured below.  Their sunflower butter + chocolate bar is my favorite. These are pretty sweet but definitely gave us that boost of energy we needed for the last few miles of our hike.  They also make a great breakfast if you’re ever running late for school (much less messier than rice cakes!).


We both agreed it was one of the coolest hikes we’ve ever done…

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And while in Bend, we of course had to enjoy some Picky Bars.  We celebrated the Summer Solstice with an early evening hike along the Deschutes River Trail.  These bars contain plant based protein yet don’t taste chalky, and I’ve loved every flavor I’ve tried.  Well done Lauren and Jesse!



Another great hike if you’re in the area is Paulina Lake.  We did the seven-mile loop trail around the alpine lake.



So, that’s what we’ve been up to this summer – a lot of hiking and snacking.  The kids are old enough to take on (very) short hikes, and we’re enjoying our time in Colorado together.


Family friendly hike in Chautauqa Park in Boulder.

Nashville is home, but these mountains will always have our hearts.  When we go home, my goal is to get back into making more homemade snacks, especially since Hannah will be starting school three days a week in the fall.  There are several Larabar type bars/balls I want to make, and I want to start keeping a batch of these No Bake PB Bars in the fridge again at all times.  I also can’t wait to try these Coconut Fat Balls.  Any other recommendations for yummy on-the-go snacks that don’t crumble?

PS – You can recycle energy bar wrappers through TerraCycle.  My friend has an account with them, and she’s happy to send in our wrappers whenever I give her a bundle. That’s another reason I’d like to get back into homemade snacks – wrapper guilt.


Leah July 24, 2017 at 6:54 am

Larabars are a favorite around here too! Have you tried the chocolate chip mint brownie ones? So good!

HEAB July 24, 2017 at 9:52 am

Hey Leah,
No, I have not, but I love a good chocolate mint combo. Going to pick up that flavor next time I grocery shop. Thanks!

Liz July 19, 2017 at 11:11 am

I’ll also just echo that it makes me happy to see your post. I can’t believe that your kids are old enough for hikes. Thanks for the tip on Terra Cycle! Hope you are well — these hikes look great!

HEAB July 23, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Hey Liz,
Thank you. The kids are up for short hikes, as long as they last about 15 minutes and include a snack. 😉

TerraCycle will recycle just about anything. I’m not sure how it quite works as I just give our wrappers to a friend, and she sends them in with her’s. However, I think it’s free to set up an account.

Alisa Fleming July 17, 2017 at 10:48 am

Always great to see your posts randomly pop up in my inbox Heather! Straight up, almond butter on rice cakes and Larabars are my go-to snacks, too. And that Smith Rock hike IS amazing! We went to Bend a couple of years ago and enjoyed that one, too. So cool. Glad to see you and your gang are doing so well 🙂

HEAB July 23, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Thanks Alisa,
Hope all is well with you too. Smith Rock was amazing as was Bend in general. We’re hoping to go back.

Amelia July 15, 2017 at 8:47 pm

You’re back!! I always love seeing posts pop up from you… even if I get to see peaks on instagram. 🙂

Your vacation and hikes look wonderful! I miss Colorado so much.

Gain on Whole30? Um, yep. That was me. I think it made me too hyperfocused on food. I’m all for giving your body a break from sugar, which is why I just got certified as a 21-Day Sugar Detox Coach with Diane Sanfilippo, but all the OCD rules of the Whole30 can be just too much.

I can’t believe Hannah is starting preschool. Caroline (2.5years old now!) will be starting in the 3’s this fall…like August 15th! Holy cow, where are these years going? Time is just whizzing by!!

Our favorite go to snacks are usually trail mix, dried fruit, nuts, Epic jerky bars, and Caroline loves popcorn and grapes. I feel like everything eventually turns to crumbs. Or maybe that’s just life with kids? Ha!

So happy y’all are doing well. 🙂 <3

HEAB July 23, 2017 at 3:36 pm

Haha, you’re so right. They can pretty much reduce anything to crumbs, no? Glad to know I’m not the only one who gained weight on Whole30. I was fine with it b/c I wasn’t really wanting to lose weight, but wasn’t expecting to gain it either. I was hoping it would help clear up this eczema that appeared on my shins starting last year. I’ve never had ezcema before, and the itching is miserable. Anyway, it didn’t, but I stuck with it for 30 days and did have a lot more energy. Missed my grains though. Sugar I can do without, but I missed my bowls of oat bran and quinoa. So cool you’re certified as a sugar detox coach. That’s so great. Definitely something we could all use a little less of.

Hope Caroline enjoys school. I can’t believe I’ll be dropping off all four of mine. Not gonna lie…I’m a wee bit excited. 🙂

Tracy July 14, 2017 at 1:45 pm

Hey hi Heather!!!! I miss you and your blog!! Great to hear from you and love seeing the great pics. Colorado has my heart as well. Sounds like a fun summer! Happy Anniversary to you and Chris!

I’ve always loved Larabars and (yum!) agree with you on the Picky Bars, a recent find of mine. However, RxBars? No Bueno foe my taste buds. Have you tried Bobo Bars? I bet your kids would like them! I do prefer to create my own oatmeal/coconut/nut butter cookies for snacking when I have time.

Please tell me we’ll hear more from you soon?! Happy summer 🙂

HEAB July 23, 2017 at 3:41 pm

Hi Tracy!
I’ve missed you guys too. I love Picky Bars too, but I think the only place I can purchase them in Nashville is at REI, and it’s a bit of drive from our house. I know some Trader Joe’s carry them – I need to check ours. So, no RxBars, huh? I was so desperate for something sweet and snacky during Whole30, that I thought they tasted amazing. Ha! Now the only flavor I ever buy is the mint chocolate. Otherwise, I’ll take the Larabar. I have had Bobo Bars, but it’s been years. Forgot about them, but I know we can get them here locally. I think the kids would like the texture as they don’t like big chunky type bars. Do you have any favorite recipes for making your own?

Tracy July 26, 2017 at 1:49 pm

Here’s a recipe I often use:
Simple and easy! Give it a try! Hope to hear from you soon 🙂

Misti July 14, 2017 at 8:46 am

Yay a post from you!

Ooh thanks for the Terracycle link. I’m always frustrated with recyclable items that our company won’t take.

Happy hiking!

HEAB July 23, 2017 at 3:43 pm

Hi Misti,
You’re welcome. I’m not sure how TerraCycle works as I just give our recyclable wrappers to a friend to send them in with her’s, but I think the company recycles all kinds of different items. Always happy to help in the recycling dept. 🙂

Ellen July 14, 2017 at 6:08 am

Hi Heather!! Great to see your post! Can’t believe how your little ‘uns have grown. I remember when it was just you and CD, now look at your beautiful family 💜. Keep well, always enjoy your posts!!

HEAB July 23, 2017 at 3:43 pm

Thanks Ellen. 🙂

Debra July 14, 2017 at 5:35 am

Yay! You’re back! Kiddos are really getting big. Keep posting!!!

HEAB July 23, 2017 at 3:44 pm

Thanks Debra, I hope to! 🙂

Ashley R July 13, 2017 at 11:31 pm

You were in my neck of the woods! We love just over the mountain in Eugene. Glad you enjoyed our beauty!
We also have a bar obsession and our toddler asks for a snack as soon as he wakes up! Then, he forgets to eat throughout the day. Ha ha.

HEAB July 23, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Oregon is sooooo beautiful. What an amazing place to live. If it wasn’t so far from our families, we might join you. 🙂

I wish my kids would forget about snacking sometimes. It’s an all day affair over here.

Liz S. July 13, 2017 at 8:15 pm

YAY, you’re posting again! 🙂 My favorite Larabar has always been Cashew Cookie as well.

HEAB July 23, 2017 at 3:45 pm

You can never go wrong with a classic like Cashew Cookie. 🙂

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