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Solar snacks for the solar eclipse

Energy bites can make a healthy afternoon snack while watching the solar eclipse. (Amanda Kinseth/WPDE)

A solar eclipse happens in our area on August 21st.

If you plan to watch the celestial super bowl, chances are you'll want snacks. Stephanie May, a Tidelands Health registered dietitian, tells us how to make them healthy ones.

She says say no to processed foods, and yes to protein, fruits and vegetables.

"Thinking about things such as hard boiled eggs, cheese sticks or nuts and seeds, and pairing them with berries or sliced apples, even baby carrots, those are great options for snacks," said May.

Here are recipes for her suggested solar snacks.


Solar Trail Mix

1 1/2 cups "o" shaped cereal

1/2 cup Sunflower seeds

1/2 cup walnuts*

1/4 cup banana chips

1/4 cup Apricots

1. In a bowl combine all ingredients

2. Store in an airtight container

*For those with nit allergies, use pumpkin seeds instead of walnut


Chocolate Quinoa Energy Bites

1 1/2 cups prunes

1 cup walnuts

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 tablespoon nut butter (peanut, almond, sunflower., etc.)

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup Crunchy quinoa* or crushed cereal (Cherrios)

1 cup coconut flakes, pulsed into powder in a food processor


To make Crunchy Quinoa

1 cup cooked quinoa

1. preheat oven to 350 degrees, bake quinoa for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 until crunchy and dry

1. In a food processor add prunes and process on low for 20-30 seconds.

2. Add walnuts and process for an additional 20-30 seconds until ground and evenly distributed in the dates.

3. With the food processor running on low add the cocoa, nut butter, syrup, and cinnamon, and process until a dough ball begins to form.

3. Add in Crunchy Quinoa and pulse 4-5 times

4. Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop for the dough into balls.

5. Place coconut powder in a cup and for half of the bites drop one bite in at a time, roll the ball around until it is covered (Great job for little ones to do! Just use a cup of small bowl with a lid)

6. For the remaining bites, roll them in the leftover quinoa

6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days


No Bake Brownie Bites

1/2 cup coconut flour

4 tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 cup vanilla protein powder

2 tbsp nut butter (peanut, almond, sunflower., etc.)

2 tbsp honey

4 -8 tbsp of almond milk, add 1 tbsp at a time

1 cup coconut flakes, pulsed into powder in a food processor

1. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl until evenly combined

2. Add the remaining ingredients and combine, adding additional almond milk as needed. You want the batter to be thick similar to cookie dough

3. Roll 1 tablespoon of dough into a smooth ball and place on to a baking pan. Repeat until the dough is gone, then eat or let them chill in the fridge

4. Place coconut powder in a cup and drop one bite in at a time, roll the ball around until it is covered (Great job for little ones to do! Just use a cup of small bowl with a lid)

5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days


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