October is upon us and if your family is like mine, afternoons and evenings are jam packed with meetings, practices, homework and games. The timing of dinner can be all over the place and this makes the afternoon snack OHHHH so important.
A balanced snack or as I like to refer to it, POWER SNACK, should contain at least 2 of the 3 major macronutrients: Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat. By combining protein or fat with your carbohydrate you help to both stabilize blood sugar and keep the body full for a longer period of time. Check out this post if you are interested in learning more about what a POWER SNACK: https://www.yourforeverdiet.com/single-post/2017/11/22/Power-Snack-Ideas-for-the-Whole-Family-and-Recipe-for-Banana-Sushi
This delicious peanut butter dip actually contains all 3 macronutrients. Protein from the greek yogurt, fat from the peanut butter and carbohydrates from the apple. It can be made ahead of time and literally all you have to do when you get home is decide what you are going to DIP with! Apples, pretzels, carrots, celery - you name it and it will probably work.
Another appealing factor with this snack is that you can switch things up. In honor of October, I decided to put a fun pumpkin twist on it by using Peanut Butter and Company Pumpkin Spice peanut butter but you could use any type of nut butter you like. I also used Yoplait YQ vanilla yogurt (15 grams protein per serving) but again, you could switch out for your favorite yogurt. Tip: If you use plain greek yogurt, you may want to swirl in a teaspoon of maple syrup or a dash of stevia for added sweetness
Fluffy Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip
2 Tablespoons of nut butter
6 ounce container vanilla YQ yogurt
Dippers: Apples, celery, carrots, pretzels, graham sticks, animal crackers.....
Soften nut butter in the microwave until soupy
Swirl yogurt into peanut butter
Enjoy - Noreen