Black Friday is quickly approaching! Along with Thanksgiving prep, many of us are eagerly scouting the flyers and websites for the up and coming deals of the year. While you’re preparing your shopping lists for the must-have deals don’t forget to think about how you’re going to stay fueled during your shopping adventures.
On Black Friday many stores open at the stroke of midnight and if you’re preparing for a night/day of shopping you need to keep yourself fueled and on the ball. We have scouted some great energizing snacks that will keep you alert and ready to go all day long. Many of these are make-ahead recipes so you can simply keep them in your car or carry in your bag. Get your grab-and-go snacks ready and prepare for an exciting night of deal hunting!
A great way to start your shopping trip is to whip up a lovely smoothie. You can put it together minutes before you head out the door then sip on the way to your shopping destination. This smoothie is thriving in energizing ingredients.
Firstly, it contains chia seeds which have an excellent ratio of fiber, protein, and fats all of which contribute to fueling your body with energy. Secondly, this smoothie contains raspberries that are thriving in natural sugar and will provide a quick pick-me-up! Lastly, the smoothie also contains Greek yogurt. This is a great energizing food because it’s made up of simple sugars that when broken down our bodies use as energy. This smoothie is stunning and will take you only 5 minutes to make!
http://delightfulemade.com/2014/10/15/raspberry-almond-chia-smoothie-cooking-cure/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DELIGHTFUL-E-MADE
If you’re less of a “smoothie person” and more of an “I need to physically eat to feel satisfied” type of person then perhaps you would enjoy these egg muffin cups. This is a great make-ahead recipe that you can store in the fridge until you’re ready to head out.
These muffin cups are conveniently made in a muffin tin. This will create the perfect single-sized portions without creating a huge mess. These egg muffins are made up of eggs, sundried tomatoes, spinach, feta cheese, and a few seasonings. In no time you’ll have a grab-and-go snack ready to enjoy!
https://www.happygoluckyblog.com/spinach-feta-and-sun-dried-tomato-egg-muffin-cups PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HAPPY GO LUCKY
Almonds are considered excellent energizing food because they contain omega 3 fatty acids. Healthy fats help your body stay fueled. Further Almonds also contain protein which our body naturally converts into energy too.
Almonds may be one of the most simple snacks to have on hand. You can buy them in bulk and then fill up your own snack sized baggies. Throw them in your bag and munch on them during your entire shopping trip.
If you need a little more excitement than a bag of almonds then you may want to try making this healthy trail mix. It’s incredibly easy to make and is thriving in energizing ingredients. Whip up a large batch and distribute into sandwich sized baggies for a perfect on-the-go snack.
This trail mix is made up of popcorn, banana chips, almonds, cashews, dried cranberries, and dark chocolate chips. We already know almonds are great energizing foods but so are cashews. Just like almonds, they’re rich in omega-3’s and many essential vitamins that fuel our bodies with energy. Further, dark chocolate could also be considered a great energizing food. This is because dark chocolate contains a natural stimulant called theobromine which has similar effects as caffeine.
http://momspotted.com/2016/07/healthy-trail-mix-perfect-go-snack.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MOM SPOTTED
Extend the lovely flavors of Thanksgiving into your shopping adventures with these pecan pie snack bites! These energy balls contain flavors of a classic Thanksgiving dessert pecan pie but instead, are actually quite healthy.
In addition, this snack is gluten-free and vegan-friendly. It contains pecans, rolled oats, fragrant cinnamon and is naturally sweetened with Medjool dates and maple syrup. Prepare this snack ahead of time and store in the fridge until your big shopping trip. The best part is that they only take 5 minutes to make.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/vegan-pecan-pie-snack-bites/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
Attention all coffee lovers (addicts) these energy bites have your name on them! Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee consider snacking on these energy bites during your shopping trip.
This snack is nice and crunchy from cashews and espresso beans. It’s naturally sweetened with Medjool dates and perfectly balanced with dark chocolate chips. Make them for your Black Friday shopping adventure and you’ll find yourself making these over and over again.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/espresso-shot-of-energy-bites/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
The great thing about energy bite recipes is there are endless recipes out there that range in so many different flavors. If you don’t love one you’re bound to love another. Perhaps the pecan pie or espresso bites didn’t excite you but these sure will!
I didn’t think it was possible that the word brownie batter could be in something healthy. This recipe is healthy, energizing and most certainly delicious. Skip the sugary brownies because these coconut brownie batter energy bites will quench your chocolate craving and refuel you as you shop store to store.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/coconut-brownie-batter-energy-bites/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
Sweet potatoes are a great energizing food too. While you may not want to be found walking around the stores with a baked potato in hand you can definitely snack on these baked sweet potato chips.
Sweet potatoes are great for fueling your body with energy for a few reasons. First, they’re rich in fiber and contain complex carbs. Both of these provide our bodies with steady amounts of energy. Further, sweet potatoes are rich in manganese. Manganese plays an essential roll in breaking down nutrients and converting them into energy. This recipe is a great alternative to store-bought potato chips and instead of making you feel sluggish can give you a steady dose of energy to keep you going.
https://livingsweetmoments.com/baked-sweet-potato-chips/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LIVING SWEET MOMENTS
Walk right past the vending machines because with these grab-and-go snack jars you’ll stay satisfied and fueled during your whole shopping trip. This isn’t just one recipe and idea but 4!
This blogger will walk you through 4 unique and delicious snacks that you can prepare ahead of time and throw in your bag to munch on while you shop. The first jar contains guacamole, black bean crisps, and cherry tomatoes. The second one is a lovely parfait filled with yogurt, granola, and berries. The third jar contains hummus and peppers and the last jar contains peanut butter, celery, and pretzels. Whether you make one or all of these snacks you’ll have a great range of flavors to quench any type of craving.
https://www.thebutterhalf.com/4-healthy-grab-go-snack-jars-2/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE BUTTER HALF
You may be tempted to throw in a box of granola bars into your bag but check out this recipe because it may change your mind! These chewy snack bars are not only delicious but incredibly healthy. Better yet, they’re so easy to make too.
These bars are made from wholesome ingredients such as dates, raw cashews, almond butter, and cocoa powder. You’ll blend all the ingredients in a food processor and then transfer into a square baking pan. Let them chill for 30 minutes then cut and individually wrap for a great grab-and-go snack.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/chewy-healthy-snack-bars/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
Muffins are another great grab-and-go snacks. However, don’t whip up any muffin recipe, you need to try these chocolate protein muffins.
They’re made of simple ingredients and contain a generous dose of protein to help keep you fueled. Some of these ingredients include oats, bananas, chocolate protein powder and just a few more. Make these ahead of time and bring on your shopping trip for a wonderful treat.
https://laurengleisberg.com/2016/11/chocolate_protein_muffins_healthy_recipe.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LAUREN GLEISBER
Face it, salad can be incredibly boring and may be the last thing you’re looking forward to. However, salad is exceptionally healthy and would be a great energizing food that we should indulge in more often.
If you’re going to enjoy a salad make it worth your while and enjoy an epic snack like this taco salad. It’s conveniently made in a mason jar. So toss the ingredients inside the jar, throw in your bag and head out the door! Not only will this salad help fuel you but it’ll help keep you satisfied and full during your shopping adventures too.
https://www.evolvingtable.com/healthy-taco-salad-mason-jar/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: EVOLVING TABLE
When I was a kid fruit roll-ups were that delicious snack I always wanted but never had. Looking back I now understand my mother’s hesitation to give me such a sugary treat. While sugary snacks can cause you to crash and burn this healthier alternative will let you indulge in a kid-favorite and fuel you too!
These plum fruit roll-ups are easy to make and only require 2 tools, a blender, and an oven. They’re made of wholesome ingredients such as plums, honey, lemon juice, and cinnamon. The preparation is easy but they’ll need to cook low and slow in the oven. With that said make sure you whip these up at least a day before Black Friday!
https://www.liveeatlearn.com/plum-fruit-roll-ups/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LIVE EAT LEARN
If you’re brave enough to venture out with the children in tow this Black Friday make sure to pack delicious snacks they’ll love too. However, these bento boxes are so yummy that even if you’re heading out on your own or with an adult-only crew you’ll love these too.
Bento boxes are great because you can build a delicious snack that is customized to your liking. This recipe will walk you through how to build the perfect bento box and in no time you’ll have a delicious treat to enjoy.
https://www.forkandbeans.com/2017/08/21/kids-snack-bento-boxes/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKS AND BEANS
Hummus is that one snack I always have on hand. I like to keep it on hand to prevent poor snacking choices when the cravings hit. Hummus is actually incredibly easy to make and can be budget friendly compared to the store-bought variety too.
This recipe will provide you with 4 unique flavors of hummus. These include regular garlic hummus, jalapeno cilantro hummus, roasted red pepper hummus, and parsley scallion hummus. Whip up a batch and bring veggies sticks and pita bread for a filling and delicious snack.
https://www.budgetbytes.com/hummus-four-flavors/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: BUDGET BYTES