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Easy. Healthy. Flavorful. On the go snacks. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
I like to snack. Eating is one of my favorite things to do, and if I’m being honest, I could eat dessert after every meal.
Snacking is important to me, and it is an important part of a healthy diet. There are a ton of health benefits of snacking, not to mention that its great to know that you’re supposed to be eating more often! (See – I love eating)
No matter what your goals – weight loss, weight maintenance, more energy, clear skin, or overall health – healthy snacking can help you get there.
Snacking Increases Nutrient Intake
Not only do snacks make the day go by faster, but they also help you get more nutrients in your diet. Snacks are an easy way to incorporate more fruit, veggies, and fiber. Also, by getting these nutrients in at snacks, you’re not left with a dinner that’s boring too heavy, or has too much fiber.
Productivity Increases When You Snack
If you’re only getting your daily calories in in 3 meals a day, each meal must be about 500-600 calories. Consuming that many calories at once can leave you feeling tired and sluggish, and less likely to get the most out of your day. Not to mention you don’t want to work out right after you’ve eaten that many calories either!
Snacks Help to Curb Cravings
If you incorporate snacks into your day, you are (well, should be) eating less at each meal. Eating more frequently helps you avoid spikes in blood sugar, which can lead numerous things including fatigue and sugar cravings.
We all know we don’t work very efficiently when we’re tired. I can tell you that when I’m hungry and I’m sitting at my desk, my eyes start to close, or I just start looking for other things to do. Our brains need food to work!
Sugar cravings are a healthy diet’s biggest nemesis. Like I said, I could eat dessert after every meal if it was socially acceptable to do so. (Not saying I don’t necessarily eat candy right after I get to work sometimes anyway…)
If you’re eating breakfast at 6 a.m., and lunch isn’t until 12:00 p.m., you’re asking your body to go 6 hours without eating. With blood sugars spiking 3-5 hours after you eat, you’re putting yourself at a severe disadvantage in the nutrition department! Adding in a healthy snack between 9-10 a.m. can help you level off those blood sugar levels, and help you walk past the candy jar, donuts, or any other sugary temptations that may be around!
Snacking can help you get more nutrients, be more productive, and help you eat less junk food… so what’s the best way to snack?
Here are 30 snack ideas that are easy to carry, and all around 150 calories.
- ¾ cup low-fat cottage cheese with 1 cup bell pepper
- 6 oz. fat-free Greek yogurt with ½ pear
- ¼ cup hummus with ¼ cup rice crackers
- Whole wheat pita with 2 tablespoons Tzatziki, cucumber, spinach leaves, bell pepper
- 1 small apple with 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- String cheese and a medium apple
- 6 oz fat free Greek yogurt and 7 almonds
- ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce and ½ cup nonfat chocolate milk
- 6 oz fat free Greek yogurt and 1 cup halved strawberries
- Hard-boiled egg and 1 mandarin orange
- String cheese and ¾ cup fresh grapes
- ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese with ½ cup pineapple chunks
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds with hard-boiled egg
- String cheese with ½ cup blueberries and ½ cup raspberries
- 2 chia-maca protein bites with ¼ cup blueberries
- Chocolate Whey protein shake with 8 oz. fat free milk and 1 tablespoon PB2
- ½ cup low-fat chocolate milk with ½ cup blueberries and ½ cup raspberries
- String cheese, ½ cup carrot sticks, mandarin orange
- Banana and ½ TBSP peanut butter
- 1 oz turkey jerky with medium apple
- 2 oz deli turkey with 1 oz cheese
- Health Warrior Chia Bar with ½ pear
- ½ avocado with 10 pistachios
- SimplyProtein Chips
- I Heart Keenwah Quinoa Cluster with fruit leather
- Mamma Chia with string cheese
- 2 Hershey’s Miniatures Special Dark chocolates with 1 cup sliced strawberries
- ½ cup frozen yogurt with 2 tsp granola
- 1 pouch StarKist Tuna with 6 whole wheat Ritz Crackers
- Small apple with 3 TBSP vanilla yogurt fruit dip
I rotate these snack options throughout the month, and
never rarely get bored with what I’m eating. Like I said, I like to eat, so having a snack that is only one item is pretty disappointing. I would much rather have a snack where I get to eat a lot, for less calories.
If you don’t include snacks into your day on a regular basis, are you looking to start?
If you do include snacks, what are your favorites to keep you going through the day?