I don’t know about you, but I love to snack. I like munching on little things in between meals, in the car, or while surfing the web. However, it’s important to determine whether snacking is habitual or determined by appetite. It’s easy to consume large quantities of food while engaging in mindless activity, and not realize that you are eating just for eating sake. But don’t worry fellow snackies, I got you covered. Below I’ve listed some of my favorite healthy snacks. These are great snacks for summer because they are light and require little preparation.
1) Peanuts & Raisins
This combination is like peanut butter and jelly- magical. It provides loads of protein along with a little sweetness. A small container of peanuts and raisins can certainly fill a void between meals.
2) Fresh fruit and Vegetables
Two things that you will likely find on me if I were ever searched while out in the town is my water container and a piece of fresh fruit. Apples are one of my favorite fruits. They are incredibly satisfying when I crave something sweet or in between meals. Vegetables like carrots and celery are also very portable and great healthy snacks. Adding some peanut butter with chopped carrots and/or celery can be pretty filling.
3) Rice Cakes and Nut Butter
You may be thinking- “People still eat rice cakes?” Yes, yes, they do. I LOVE rice cakes with almond butter on top. Sunflower seed butter and peanut butter are also delectable. Eating a few of these will fill you up for short while and won’t weigh you down.
4) Frozen Blueberries
I’ve found that organic frozen blueberries taste MUCH better as a snack than non-organic. They are more sweet and less tart than their counterparts. I pour a bowl of these and munch away guilt-free. They will stain your hands, but it is so worth it. I haven’t tried other frozen fruit as a snack, but other fruits may also be delicious.
Many a morning, I drink a 32oz smoothie from a large mason jar for breakfast. As you can imagine, I stay full until lunch (which is usually around 11am for me). Frozen bananas are always the base, in which I add things like cocoa powder, frozen cherries, frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, orange juice, peanut butter, or just cinnamon along with homemade almond milk. I may or may not add a tablespoon or two of agave syrup. For a snack, I will often make a 8-16oz smoothie. Delightful!
I hope that you find these ideas useful. Eating basic, whole foods makes me feel great and provides a lot of energy, and there is nothing wrong with that! 😉