You plan your meals, make sure you get enough protein, healthy fats, and fiber, but why not plan for snack time? We all know that eating right is vital to have a healthy lifestyle and in achieving your fitness goals. Most yo-yo dieters I know have this problem: snacking the wrong food because they failed to plan on what to munch when they get hungry. When hunger strikes, they just grab anything their hand could land on, and end up with the wrong choices- fast food, donuts, breads, or sugar-laced drinks. We have gathered our top 5 favorites, all these snack choices are healthy, easy to prepare, satisfying, and amazingly delicious!
Nut Butter and Celery or Apple
Almond, Cashew, Peanut, or Walnut- any nut butter will do, dip your crunchy celery or juicy apple on it, and you’ve got yourself loads of protein, fiber and good fats. No, don’t go for the sugar-free variety of the nut butter, those are artificially sweetened. You need to get the all natural variety, or better yet, throw a handful of your preferred nuts and run it on high speed on the food processor until smooth and creamy. Don’t forget to stop and scrape the sides from time to time. Heading out? Pack your celery and apples in zip lock bag, and pack your nut butter in a sealed container.
Spiced Pumpkin Seeds or Pepitas
Rinse them, coat with your choice of spice, some delicious options are: curry powder and olive oil, lime juice and chili powder, sea salt and garlic, vinegar and sea salt, or a little brown sugar and chili powder. Roast at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. You can make a big batch and store them in a sealed container. Try the different flavor combinations and find your favorite! This little seeds are packed with Zinc, minerals, protein, and fiber.
These green beans are packed with a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin K, Folate and Manganese. Roast, boil or steam them, just season with sea salt and black pepper, or you can toss them with chili garlic, or Chinese 5 spice for a sweet ‘n spicy variation.
Greek Yogurt and (fill in the blank)
Greek yogurt is the best base for all snacks, whether sweet or savory. It is also the best yogurt when it comes to health benefits because it contains twice the protein than others and lower in lactose. It can also be mixed with the natural sugars of fruits, melted dark chocolate to double up the anti-oxidant benefits, and triple up the protein with vanilla protein powder. You can also use this as a very healthy salad dressing or dip, just spice it up with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Just make sure you dip healthy veggies and greens, and for salads, use turkey or chicken breasts.
Tuna in Water and Whole Wheat Crackers
Canned tuna or salmon in water is the easiest to stock and grab. You can season it with lemon or lime juice, salt and pepper, chopped onions and cucumber, spread on whole wheat low sodium crackers. You can also add greens such as lettuce, spinach or kale. This snack is packed with protein and omega 3 from the tuna, fiber and good carbs from the crackers.
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