I am a snacker! Yes - I admit it. There is nothing better than having a mid-morning snack or an afternoon snack or both. But when I am watching my weight or need to lose a few winter pounds that have snuck up on me, I turn to healthy snacks. Some snacks are simply store bought since I may not have time to make snacks over the weekend. But other snacks I prepare while I am meal-planning.
Below are 3 tips on how to snack healthy. There are links to a few of my favorite products sold on amazon, in case you want to try them. Also, I included a few recipes you can try if you have time to prepare healthy snacks ahead of time. If you make any of the recipes, let me know what you thought! Follow my blog on Bloglovin.
#1 LOOK FOR HEALTHY SNACKS IN THE SUPERMARKET
Supermarkets have healthy snacks! You just have to know what to look for. If you don't have a lot of time to prepare snacks to take with you, then look for snacks that are portable. Such as:
Single serve nut packs are a great option. Nuts provide healthy fats and are filling.
Cheese sticks that are individually wrapped.
Oatmeal or granola bars. Just be careful of how much added sugar is in the product. Women should only have 6 tsp of added sugar a day and men 9 tsp. (Source: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-much-sugar-per-day#section3)
Single serve dried fruit & nut packs, such as Mix & Go Antioxidant Snack Packs
Dried fruit bars with chia, such as KIND Pressed Fruit Bars
Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds, such as Orchard Valley Harvest
#2 PREPARE HEALTHY SNACKS TO TAKE WITH YOU
I meal plan most weekends because if I didn't we wouldn't eat healthy through-out the week. When I am making breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner ahead of time, I also prepare snacks. That way, our snacks are varied between homemade and store bought. Here are a few ideas and recipes:
Cut up veggies and hummus. I usually make celery and carrot sticks to dip into hummus, but sliced peppers, cucumbers and broccoli florets could be thrown into the mix as well.
Mixed seasonal fruit. I'll buy a couple of pieces of fruit that are on sale and in season, then chop them up and put it into individual containers.
Energy balls by two healthy kitchens. These energy balls can be frozen and only take 20 minutes to defrost. Make a big batch and then you can simply take a few out at a time. Click here for the recipe.
Flourless Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins from Cupcakes and Kale Chips. They are so moist you'll forget they are healthy! Click here for the recipe.
Cooked veggies with beans. There is nothing better than having a quick snack that is simply left-over veggies. It fills you up and increases your daily intake of veggies. When I cook dinner, I always cook a little more veggies than we are going to eat and then pack them up as a snack.
#3 LOOK FOR HEALTHY OPTIONS WHEN OUT & ABOUT
There will be times that you forgot to pack the portable snack you bought. Or you are out doing errands and there is no time to stop and eat. Or you have to eat at a cafeteria at the office because you simply ran out of time (or energy). If that is the case, look for a healthy snack option to buy on the go. Such as:
A piece of fruit. Even most convenience stores sell a banana!
A protein packed smoothie. But be careful - some smoothies can have a ton of calories!
Hard boiled eggs. Another easy, pre-packaged product that should be easy to find.
A protein bar.
Pretzels and hummus.
I hope this post inspired you to think about how to snack healthy! If you try any of the above, let me know what you think! Follow my blog on Bloglovin.