Let’s face it, we all love to snack. While I’m the type of person who enjoys three whole and flavorful meals a day, snacking in between is also a part of my daily routine and can always be done in a healthy way! By choosing to keep healthy and prepped snacks in your pantry and fridge, you are more likely to stay on track and feel fuller, longer throughout the day. It’s all about fueling your body so that you aren’t starving once lunch or dinner rolls around and it’s also all about moderation.
Since a few of you have asked for simple and healthy snacks to enjoy throughout your day, I decided to keep with the theme of “lists” (similar to Monday’s breakfast post) and show you a few of my favorite go-to’s.
Almonds & Dark Chocolate: Almonds are high in vitamins, protein and fiber. Make sure you buy them in bulk when you can (cheaper) and also be sure to buy them raw and unsalted. Whenever we accidentally by salted almonds, it seems they’re literally rolling around in a container full of salt! Helloooo sodium. Dark chocolate is the perfect pairing to your almonds and gives this snack an added sweetness that hits the spot. I usually like about a handful of almonds and dark chocolate, which comes out to around 1/3 of a cup.
Guacamole: Try my homemade guacamole recipe with your favorite vegetables instead of salty crackers or tortilla chips. For those on a gluten-free diet, this is a great way to enjoy some delicious guacamole with a healthier twist. Carrot sticks, cucumber rounds and red bell pepper chunks work well with this dip! Remember to squeeze some lime juice on top and keep the saran wrap directly on the guac when you store it in the fridge – it’ll last longer and keep it from browning.
Hummus: Store bought Tribe hummus is a simple add-on to your grocery list and pairing it with some fresh veggie sticks is a great and healthy way to enjoy your mid-day snack. Hummus comes in a variety of flavors and some of my personal favorites include mediterranean and spicy roasted red pepper. I have a basil hummus recipe somewhere in the barn archives – so I’ll see if I can find it for you!
Lettuce Wrap Roll-Ups: Take a piece of iceberg lettuce and wrap a piece of low-sodium roasted turkey inside with some mustard or hot sauce. A quick and easy snack that will fill you up in no time!
Melon: On Sunday’s, especially during the summer months, I make it a point to buy all of the fresh melons that are in season! Watermelon, cateloupe, honeydew, and pineapple…yummm! When I get home from the store I peel, pit and cut them into cubes. A perfect go-to snack that’s ready to eat for the entire week! To make it easier on yourself, you can even fill up 4 or 5 separate containers, so you can really grab-em-and-go.
Berries: Fresh strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are very simple snacks that take two seconds to prepare. When you get home from the store, rinse your fruit, place them in an air tight container and store in the fridge. Similar to the melons above, you’re well on your way to a successful week if you do a bit of prep on Sunday nights. If a bowl of berries isn’t filling enough, try adding them to a cup of greek or plain yogurt.
Frozen grapes: I don’t do this often, but I immediately thought of this childhood favorite as I started to prepare this snack post. You better believe this girl’s about to buy some grapes! They are so refreshing in the summer months and in addition to having them as a snack, you can also add them to a glass of
wine water to serve as flavorful ice cubes! Just rinse your grapes when you get home, take them off of the stems, place in a freezer bag and freeze overnight.
Apple or Banana with Peanut Butter: This is the perfect sweet and salty combination. We tend to eat more apples than bananas these days, but either/or works well! Be sure to choose your nut butter wisely; I used to be obsessed with Kraft Peanut Butter, but the sugar content was extremely high. We now stick to Nuts’ N More (yay for local RI products!) butters, both almond and peanut, which are high in protein, no sugars added and all natural. The other peanut butter we have on a regular basis is Teddy Peanut Butter, which is another all natural product, literally made from 100% peanuts!
Apples or Banana with Cinnamon: Add a little spice to your day with delicious and extremely nutritious, cinnamon spice. Sprinkle it on top of your apple slices or banana slices and you’ll receive all the health benefits that the fruit and spice have to offer. Cinnamon really does contain a variety of health benefits; to learn more visit this link.
Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges: If you’re a fan of cheese like me, then you know how delicious yet filling and calorie-ridden it can be. The Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges are a healthier and spreadable cheese option that can be enjoyed in moderation since each serving is portioned perfectly. Check out their website for a list of flavors and enjoy this creamy spread on anything you’d like! I’ve had it on ezekiel toast, gluten-free rice crackers, rice cakes and with carrot & celery sticks!
Apple Sauce: Unsweetened, all-natural, apple sauce. Yum.
Peanut Butter Bites: As you can see, I love me some peanut butter. This recipe for peanut butter bites is a great snack to enjoy in between your breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner. It’s also packed with protein so after a good workout, this is a great option. It’s quick and easy and can be kept in your fridge all week long.
Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate Chips: A spoonful of Nuts ‘n More peanut butter (pictured is Toffee) with a few dark chocolate chips on top. Frank is a genius and brought this one to my attention!
So there you have it. A solid list of some healthy snacking options! Be creative with your snacks and you’ll never get bored! Hopefully this post will help with your meal prep on Sunday’s and if you happen to make any of the recipes above, take a picture and let me know! Have a great day 🙂