Meatless, Dairy-Free Spring Snacks

I love springtime in New York City. Everybody begins to shed all the layers of winter clothes, replacing them with an array of colors and styles. It's a glorious sight. The women in open-toed shoes and sundresses. The men in their mandles and silly hats. There is a definite energy that sparks, and it only really happens once a year. Urban dwellers flock to parks, our tiny beaches, and even gather on rooftops to celebrate the sun and new life.

The warmth and sunshine just change things... all of the sudden you may notice that new person on your block. They also look a little different in this warm weather and spring attire. Hubba! Hubba!

That being said, Spring Fever is better shared with that special someone who puts extra pep in your step. The one that makes you forget your to-do list and want to linger in bed all Saturday as the sun chases shadows across your apartment.

Well, here are five delicious treats that will fuel you through those wonderful mornings and keep you and your boo's tastebuds happy, no matter where you live.

  1. Bananas, Strawberries & Chocolate Syrup

These bad boys are high in potassium, and bananas help balance electrolytes in our system. They also maintain a normal blood pressure and heart function. Strawberries are high in vitamin C and E . Good for the prostate for him and high in calcium for her. And of course the chocolate is an aphrodisiac!Slice one banana into half inch wheels. Remove stems and slice 4-5 large strawberries. Cover with chocolate syrup.

  • Coconut Water
  • If you need to just rehydrate and regroup for the rest of the afternoon, I recommend this refreshing drink. It's super-high in electrolytes and low in sugar — just stick to the brands without the additives.

  • Bowl of Cereal
  • There is almost no bad time for this classic snack, but make sure you get one with a high fiber and iron content. I like Nature's Path Organic Hemp Plus. Grab a nice large bowl for two and throw in some candied ginger and maybe a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds for a zesty, fruity crunch. Splash on some cold vanilla almond milk and get two spoons!

  • Sliced Apple with Almond Butter
  • Almond butter is packed with tons of protein and the essential oils like omega 6 and 9. These oils are needed for fetal growth, brain development, learning and behavior in your unborn child. Just in case your canoodling leads down that path. Another bonus is that apples also contain antioxidants that aid in the preservation of cognitive ability.

  • The Hail Mary
  • If you are too spent for any of these things above, F*** it, and order Chinese... just try to order brown rice.

    Happy Spring!

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