Posted on June 1st, 2020 by Caitlyn Miller
Craving a late night snack? It might seem convenient to grab those cookies or chips, but don’t let those snacks stop you from reaching your goal. Snacks can absolutely be healthy, they don’t just have to consist of processed food.
A handful of processed snacks consist of high sodium amounts, high sugar, and very little nutritional value. A filling and well rounded snack should consist of protein, good fat, and carbs. Snacks filled with these macronutrients will leave you feeling happy and energized! I typically eat 3 snack meals a day, one midmorning, another mid afternoon, and the last one a little before I go to bed (yes, before bed. A different post for another time).
MY WHOLE FOODS SNACKS
I like to call these my sit down snacks, because they are snacks I eat when I have time to sit down and enjoy them. Although, these can also be taken on the go as well!
Apple slices + Peanut Butter
Ahhh, the classic apple and peanut butter pairing. This snack never grows bored to me. Of course, you can pair whatever type of apple and whatever type of nut butter you want. If you want something on the sweeter side, drizzle a little honey on top of the apples. Yuuuuum!
I’m sure you have heard of overnight oats as they are all the rage now. This is a very versatile snack and can be made anyway you like. You can use 1 minute oats, steel cut, old fashioned style, you name it! You can use milk, almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, again you name it! Cinnamon is a great spice to add to give it some flavor. My favorite toppings/mix-ins to use are bananas, strawberries, almonds, pecans, and dried cranberries. This is a great pre-workout snack as well!
Hummus + Veggies
You can make your own hummus or buy it from the store! There are many different flavors and ways to make hummus tasty. It is also packed with nutrients! Hummus is great paired with carrots, celery, cucumbers, you name it!
Whole Grain Bread + Peanut Butter
This is my go to post workout snack! Nothing beats toast and peanut butter. The best nutrient packed bread to consume is whole grain. My favorite is Daves Killer Protein Power Seed Bread. I LOVE IT! Again, you can pair this with whatever nut butter of your choosing.
MY ON THE GO SNACKS
I call these my on the go snacks, because they are very easy to grab and walk out the door.
Almond Milk Yogurt
I love Silks Dark Chocolate Almondmilk Yogurt. This is a great on the go snack and taste delicious as well! Greek yogurt works as well, just watch for high amounts of added sugars.
Len and Larry Cookies
These cookies are a great on the go or road trip snack. One cookie is counted as two servings and is a little high on the sugar to eat regularly (18 grams), however, it is a great alternative to chips. These cookies have a good balance of fat, carbs, and protein. This is a great pre or post workout snack. These are great to have on hand when you’re craving something sweet. My favorite flavors are Double Chocolate Chip and White Macadamia Nut.
Banana Peanut Butter Protein Shake
The name of this snack speaks for itself! All you need is a banana, some peanut butter (or any type of nut butter) and some protein powder then BOOM! You’ve got yourself a tasty and macro packed snack! Any type/flavor of protein powder will work (I typically use Vanilla).
Pretzel Crisps by Snack Factory
I LOVE these! These pretzel crisps come in many different flavors, however, my favorites are the plain and cinnamon sugar ones. The cinnamon sugar are definitely great when craving something sweet. These go great with hummus or peanut butter as well!
Tell me what are some of your favorite healthy snacks?