Hey there and happy Monday! I hope that your second week of 2017 is off to a wonderful start. I've been a busy bee around here recently and that actually kind of inspired this blog post about my go-to healthy snacks!
When I'm busy, I need to consciously remember to fuel my body with nutritious food because it's so easy to:
1. Forget to take the time to eat a snack.
Which leads to...
2. Getting so hungry because I forgot to eat a snack that I grab the quickest and easiest option, which usually isn't the healthiest choice. No bueno!
Can you guys relate? You can? Phew! So, I decided that I'm going to make a conscious effort to have my go-to healthy snacks on hand and ready to go for my hungry self and I thought I should share my favorite healthy snacks with you too! Maybe they'll give you some ideas for a snack to bring to work, school, or just to eat at home :)
1. Apples & Peanut Butter
Is there a better combination out there? Apples are rich in fiber, which will satisfy those hunger signals, while peanut butter is high in protein which will keep you full longer. Don't forget that apples do fall on the Dirty Dozen List, so I would choose organic apples at the grocery store. You can also pick up single serving travel packets of peanut butter at the grocery store to make this healthy snack more portable! I love Justin's travel peanut butter packets because you can just squeeze them directly onto your apple. When I'm not using travel packs, my all time favorite peanut butter is Peanut Butter & Company's Smooth Operator.
2. Siggi's Yogurt
You guys have witnessed my love for Siggi's Yogurt a few times on the blog and Instagram, and it hasn't gone away! Siggi's has the lowest sugar content I've seen out of any yogurts I've tried and the flavor does not suffer because of it. It's also high in protein, which you guys know keeps you full for a longer period of time. Score! Sometimes I'll top off my yogurt with just a little bit of granola for some crunch. I've been seeing Purely Elizabeth's granola on quite a few Instagram posts, so I figured I'd pick up a bag of the original flavor at Whole Foods this time around instead of my usual granola. The ingredient list is short with real ingredients, and it's pretty yummy (if you like the flavor of coconut you'd love this one) BUT it's about $4 more than my usual granola, so I'm not sure if I'll be buying it again unless it's on sale.
3. Hummus with Carrots & Crackers
Good old hummus. This has been a favorite snack of mine since high school, and it still hits the spot today! A tip for this snack - make sure you take out the amount of carrots and crackers you want to eat and don't keep the bag out (especially with the crackers). This tip really is for any prepackaged food you're snacking on, because if you're grabbing directly from the bag each time I guarantee you'll end up eating more crackers than you intended to. PS: I'm LOVING these Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers that I picked up at Whole Foods on a whim. The ingredient list is short and simple, which makes it a winner in my book! PPS: Have you ever had purple carrots? If you haven't, try them ASAP. They're yummy!
4. Babybel Cheese & Almonds
This snack is the perfect on-the-go choice. Put some almonds in a baggy and take one Babybel cheese to go and you're set! I like to buy my almonds (and pretty much all nuts I buy) roasted and unsalted to save myself from all of the extra sodium. Don't forget: even though almonds are a healthy snack and contain GOOD fat, they're still high in calories. I usually grab a small handful and that's plenty to satisfy me. You have protein in the cheese and almonds in this snack, which makes this another filling choice that will keep you satisfied until your next meal!
Alright, friends, those are my favorite healthy snacks! What are some of yours? Let me know in the comments!