We all know the importance of snacking but many people struggle deciding what makes a good snack. Not sure what to eat for a snack? I’m sure I’ve posted about this before but I am always asked “what do you eat in between meals” or “how do I find snacks that have protein and are healthy” and since I have recently been helping my boyfriend clean up his nutrition a bit (he asked me to help him) here are the snacks I always come back to:
1-Apple or celery with Almond Butter- Why almond butter and not peanut butter?? Almond butter is considered healthier than peanut butter because it does not contain extra salt, oils, preservatives or sugar. Another reason why I love almond butter is that its high percentage of protein, fat and dietary fiber leaves you very satisfied, even if it’s just one tablespoon, although it’s often hard to stop at just one tablespoon! A big benefit of almond butter is that it helps stabilize glucose levels because of the high fiber, protein and healthy fats, which control the rise of insulin. Almonds help prevent a spike in blood sugar during a high carbohydrate meal. Another benefit is its abundance of Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that guards your cells against free radical damage. Almond butter can be added to your protein shakes, added to fruit and vegetables like apples or celery as a quick snack or you can add it your warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should, it takes some getting used to 🙂
2-Raw vegetables- Yep I could eat endless amounts of vegetables and so should you! Most of us don’t get enough veggies from our breakfast/lunch/dinners so this is why snacking on veggies is ideal! Feel free to have 1 or 2 tbsp of hummus with your veggies if you can’t stand eating them alone.
3-Protein shake with a handful/1/4 cup of nuts or piece of fruit (post workout)- Pumpkin seeds, macademia nuts, almonds, cashews you name it!! Nuts are an excellent source of fat, protein and other essential vitamins and minerals and they will also leave you feeling fuller longer. Pair them with a protein shake for a perfectly balanced snack 🙂
4-Greek yogurt pudding– Remember this amazing recipe from Honore? Here it is again….
1/2 cup of greek yogurt
1/2 scoop of chocolate or vanilla protein powder
1 to 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
1 tbsp of natural peanut butter
5-Cottage cheese with fruit: Cottage cheese has 14 g of protein in 4 oz (1/2cup) and tastes amazing with 1/2 cup of berries, sliced apple or cantaloupe, you decide! Yummy, easy and excellent for a morning snack!!
What snacks do you enjoy??