It’s 3pm… and you’re hungry. You’re hungry and you look in the cabinet, or your snack drawer, or your purse, or the vending machine, and you find Oreos, potato chips, or a candy bar. You consider an alternative… but these options are just so… available and good!
First of all, consider that the candy bar or cookies are not really going to hold you over very well… they are just going to make you feel like your day is blown and make you eat a junky dinner and then a realllly big bowl of ice cream with chocolate syrup and whipped cream… just sayin…
I am all about easy availability and good things…. And I’m ALL about snacks! Here are some options for the next time you go to grab those potato chips:
Popcorn is a good option because you can eat a lot… but it’s not too many calories. WIN! It has some fiber which is great and it will satisfy a salty craving. Popcorn that you have popped yourself is the best way to go because you know there are no chemicals, extra calories, or extra anything snuck in there that you don’t want (and it’s cheap)… You can pre-pop a bunch if popcorn at home and divide up for when you’re ready to eat. Or find a good pre-popped popcorn that you like. Look at the ingredients and make sure it is as simple as possible. My favorite?? Skinny Pop. Made with Popcorn, Sunflower oil, and Salt. Look for something like this. There are actually a lot of good popcorn options available at the stores now.
You can get these in single serving sizes at most grocery stores. You pop in microwave about 3 minutes, sprinkle a little salt, and BAM! Super tasty and filling snack that’s high in fiber and protein. From experience, you can put these in your lunch bag, place in fridge while at work, and then pop in microwave at lunch time and they turn out. This will satisfy a salt craving and will hold you over until dinner.
Apple and Nut Butter
Sweet and salty. Need I say anything about how an apple is good for you… and the nut butter has protein and healthy fats to keep you full for the next little bit. Peanut butter is great, almond butter, cashew butter, whatever you like.
Discover these little packets of “Justin’s” nut butters. They are single serving size and are so so convenient. You can easily stash an apple and one of these packets in your car, in your purse, even in your pocket for when you need a snack. You can do a banana with one of these packets too (yum!)
You can get at most grocery stores with the peanut butters.
A smoothie can be an awesome snack full of fruits, vegetables, and lots of vitamins and minerals! Find some good smoothie recipes you like and use those! Experiment and find what you like. Make sure they have plenty of fruits and vegetables (maybe tofu, spinach, or protein powder) to make it a nutritious snack. Here are some of the smoothies I like: Smoothies
Find a good trail mix that you enjoy. This is so easy to keep in your car or your purse for when you need a quick snack!
Keep the extra sweets (like the M&Ms and chocolate chips) to a minimum. There are all kinds of “trail mix” options available at the stores that are just “candy mixes” with a few nuts in there. Make sure you are getting plenty of nuts and good for you foods along with the M&Ms.
You can even make the trail mix you like by buying the stuff you like and throwing it all together. I like to do this because you can put exactly what you want in there.
Trail mix is higher calorie so portion out single servings in little baggies to ensure that you’re not going too crazy with calories here.
Happy snacking my healthy friends! Do you have a great favorite healthy snack?