If “snacking” brings to mind random grabs of chips, cookies, candies, than “snacking” may be sabotaging an otherwise healthy day.
The good news, however, is that learning how to fit a healthier snack or two into your day can actually prevent overeating at meal times, while preventing that feeling of outrageous hunger towards the end of the day (i.e., midnight munchies!)
To keep snacks healthy and within a balanced budget (so to speak,) I recommend keeping each snack at around 200 calories or less each depending on your needs and planning one for when you know your next meal won’t be for another 3-5 hours. My snacks typically fall into a 10 o’clock and 3 ‘oclock schedule.
These are some of my faves that I’ve been eating lately!!
piece of fruit with 2 Tbsp. walnut pieces
Ezekiel (or whole wheat) toast with 1 sliced boiled egg and a scoop of fresh salsa
1 Packet of Kashi Go Lean Truly Vanilla Oatmeal (boasting 9grams protein, 7g fiber per pack!) with 1/2 Tbsp. peanut butter
1/2 cup plain, 0% fat Greek yogurt with 1/2 sliced banana and 2 Tbsp. granola
To-Go Snacks: Kashi Honey Almond Flax Bar or a Cashew Cookie Larabar
1 Van’s Whole Grain Waffle with 1/2 Tbsp peanut butter and 1/2 sliced banana
“Fry” in a pan with nonstick cooking spray: whole wheat tortilla wrap with 1/4 cup low fat cheese, tomato slices and chopped chives
In order to make your snacks satisfying and filling, remember to combine fiber (i.e., whole wheat toast, whole fruit, oats, etc.) with protein (i.e., Greek yogurt, low-fat milk or cheese, nuts) and a source of healthy fat (i.e., peanut butter, nuts, egg, etc.)
Question: What are some of your favorite snacks?