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Toni’s Protein Poppers: Feel Good Snacks Without the Guilt

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Toni’s OatMEAL Protein Poppers

15 minutes | Makes 24

New from Toni’s Test Kitchen!

Three simple ingredients, no-baking, and deliciously healthy, these high-protein poppers are simple to make and a guilt-free alternative to typical treats. Guaranteed to stave off hunger and delectably fulfilling. Share them with friends and neighbors, bring them to a holiday party, and make them your “go-to” snack to get through the next few festive weeks. They passed the Toni’s Kitchen test when served this weekend at my daughters 27th birthday brunch.

They were a hit!

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WHAT TO BUY:

2 Cups Toni’s OatMEAL**Any flavor is delicious so choose your favorite. We used Sweet & Creamy Coconut-Blueberry for this recipe, and Crunchy Cranberry-Walnut would be another great option.

**Available online here. Use coupon code BETTERBREAKFAST for free shipping when you order any four flavors. Ships in one business day.

1 12 oz Jar Smooth Almond Butter at room temperature (you may substitute peanut butter if you prefer)

1/2 Cup Chopped Raw Almonds (you may substitute with walnuts)

Optional: White Powdered Sugar

Optional: Cocoa Powder

WHAT TO DO:

Place two cups Toni’s OatMEAL in a large bowl. Add chopped almonds and almond butter.

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Mix together with a spoon or use your hands to mix thoroughly. Mixture will be crumbly. Using a small ice cream scoop press mixture firmly to form a ball. You can also use your hands and roll them just as easily. Make sure they are “bite sized” for best results. If they are too large and are bitten into, they can crumble so smaller treats that can be popped into your mouth work best!

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This part is completely optional: You can roll your poppers into powdered sugar, or a combination of cocoa powder and white powdered sugar (about half of each).

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Here’s a beautiful assortment of Toni’s OatMEAL Protein Poppers. Have a few crumbly morsels remaining? Sprinkle them over non-fat plain Greek yogurt. This chef deserved a perk! Enjoy!

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Easy Meals and Snacks for 300 Calories or Less

What is your biggest obstacle when it comes to eating healthy? Are you feeling the pressures of balancing your increasingly busy life with the challenges of finding food that is not only wholesome, but quick and easy to prepare without going into a calorie, sugar or fat overload? You may be 1 in 5  Americans that eat in the car, or 1 in 4 people who eat fast food every day of their lives. Did you know that the healthiness — or quality of the food we eat– decreases by 1.7% for every hour that passes in the day? I can relate, we have four kids, I work full time, have an ailing parent and a high personal bar when it comes to contributing to my family and our community.  And then there’s fun. We can’t forget balance, sleeping well, spirituality, good times with friends and rejuvenating lunches with girlfriends. There just doesn’t seem to be enough “me” to get through the day so no wonder we tend to make less than perfect choices as the day wears on. If we don’t take care of “fueling” ourselves, we will get run down; suppressing our immune systems and setting ourselves up for disease. Is that a substantial enough argument to inspire you to read further and glean some ideas to help you?

The solution…plan ahead just a little and have the right tools to help you power through your day. I developed these easy meals and snacks that take minimal preparation, are balanced nutritionally and are great on-the-go. The concept is to regulate your blood sugar by eating small, balanced meals throughout the day so you feel full and fueled. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my meal solution, Toni’s OatMEAL which is a nutritional balance of lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats to keep you satiated. You simply add hot water, which you can find almost anywhere, let it sit for two minutes and enjoy.

Feel free to make substitutions to suit your particular tastes! Click here for my BITE ME! book, featuring several easy to prepare, high-protein muffin recipes.

EASY MEALS AND SNACKS AROUND 300 CALORIES