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Bowling Alley To-Go Snacks

Everyone can relate to those times when your stomach starts rumbling at about 3:00 pm. It is not quite time for a meal, but you are nonetheless hungry. What your body is asking for is a SNACK: something that won’t ruin your appetite, but will hold you over until your next meal. So what happens when you need a snack at the bowling alley? I assume that unless you bring your own food from home, it is most convenient to buy something from either a vending machine or a restaurant at the lanes. As discussed in the blog post on October 9th, most of the food served at bowling alleys is fried and not very healthy. On top of that, it gets expensive to buy food every time you go! Therefore, it makes the most sense to pack your own snacks. You will be doing both your health and your wallet a favor.

Below are a few snack recipes and ideas that are easy to pack in a lunchbox and take to the lanes:

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Homemade Gorp:

In a plastic bag, mix together:

  1. Nuts (ex. Almonds, peanuts, walnuts, etc.)

  2. Dried fruit (ex. Craisins, raisons, apricots, etc.)

  3. Seeds (ex. Papita, pumpkin, shelled sunflower, etc.)

  4. Coconut flakes (for a sweet addition!)

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Hummus and Veggies/Pita/Crackers:

Hummus is a traditional Middle-Eastern dip that pairs well with veggies, pita bread, and crackers. It is packed full of protein and “good fat” that will keep you full until your next meal. While it is easy to find hummus at a grocery store, here is a recipe (recommended by Cooking Light) if you feel so inclined to make your own.

Ingredients:

2 (15.5-ounce) cans no-salt-added chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation:

Place beans and garlic in a food processor; pulse 5 times or until chopped. Add 1/2 cup water and remaining ingredients; pulse until smooth, scraping down sides as needed.

Recipe from: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/traditional-hummus

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Ants on a Log:

Ingredients:

Celery

Peanut butter (or any sort of nut butter)

Raisins

Preparation:

Simply spread peanut butter onto a stick of celery, and place raisins side by side on top. The finished product should resemble “ants on a log”!

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