It is a snack-driven world. Did you know 1/3 of the calories millenials (of which I am a proud member!) eat are snacks?! I have always been a “snacker” and usually try to eat a snack every afternoon between 3-4 in the afternoon. This snack helps me tide of the “crazy hungries” and stay satisfied until dinner, which for us in normally after 6:30. If 1/3 of our calories are now coming from snacks, then it is incredibly important we eat snacks that are good for us! A handful of cheetos or saltine crackers are not going to help us get to our healthy living goals. Today I am sharing another round up of some of my favorite healthy snacks that are fast, easy, and satisfying.
1. Apple with nut butter
I feel like this is the healthy eating classic, but for good reason. If I feel “snacky”, but an apple and nut butter doesn’t sound good, then I know I am not really hungry. It’s a great litmus test for whether you need a snack or a glass of water or something to do or a healthy coping skill for all the feels.
2. Air Popped Popcorn
Popcorn is my classic evening snack for when I am feeling a little hungry after dinner. I like to air pop my popcorn in a pan on the stove or in a paper bag in the microwave. I add about a teaspoon of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and I have a large volume snack.
3. Cut veggies and hummus
I love pairing carrots, sliced bell peppers, and celery with hummus. My favorite flavors are garlic and roasted red pepper and I normally pick them up at Aldi! Yum! I try to keep cut up veggies in my fridge all ready to go, but I always buy baby carrots so those are at least always ready to be eaten!
4. Fruit + Nuts
Taking 8-12 almonds or walnuts as a quick snack is a great hunger crusher for me! Nuts are full of good for you fats and even a small amount is very filling. Add in a piece of fruit and you have a great, balance of good fats and healthy carbs. Right now I am eating a lot of strawberries and grapes, but citrus snacks were going strong for quite a while there.
5. Cheese Stick Rolled in a Slice of Deli Turkey
I mean you could eat these two things seperately, but where is the fun in that? I like to roll my cheese stick in a slice of deli turkey and then eat it. It packs a great punch of protein and is an incredibly fast, easy snack.
Call me weird, but I love a small bowl of cereal for a snack. I normally halve the amount I would regularly eat for breakfast and I stick to healthy choices like oatmeal, Kashi GoLean, Mulitgrain Cheerios or Chex. I like to top with fruit and eat with almond milk.
7. Kozy Shack®, Simply Well® Pudding
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