Easy, Healthy Snacks

Four Easy Snack Ideas

I love to snack. You know how there are “diet experts” out there who brag about their meals holding you over for hours? I don’t want that. I’m all about small frequent meals, because once ten a.m. rolls around, I’m going to want to nosh on something whether I’m all that hungry or not. Know thyself.

There is a 95% chance that I will have to share my snack with a curious little toddler, so it needs to be fast, easy, and relatively healthy. Though we will split the occasional chocolate croissant at Starbucks.

Yogurt with granola – PLAIN yogurt, I love Fage or Trader Joes brand nonfat or 2%, with as natural a granola (or granola bar) as possible. Don’t put something loaded with sugar on something loaded with sugar.

Protein smoothie – notice I say smoothie, not shake. You will never catch me drinking powder and water unless I’m in a very deprived state. I like all of my meals to feel like a treat, snacks included. I have tried a variety of protein powders in the past few years, and the market is evolving daily. Some have been great, and some have been undrinkable. My two favorites are Tera’s Whey chocolate and Tone It Up vanilla, this one is sold at Target and half the cost of their Perfect Fit sold through their website. Speaking of Target, you can often subscribe and save to almost any item. Meaning, it will auto ship to you every four, six, eight, or whatever weeks and you’ll get free shipping and save at least five percent. Win. My two go to smoothie recipes are below, flexibility is key. Modify the milk, fruit, or protein powder to fit your dietary needs. Also, if you haven’t had a lot of greens that day, throw in an extra handful of spinach! You won’t taste it, I swear.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
1 cup almond milk
1 (heaping) teaspoon peanut butter
1 scoop chocolate Tera’s Whey
1/2 frozen banana
handful spinach
blend on medium for a minute
top with Redi Whip for an extra treat

Mixed Berry Smoothie
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop Tone It Up vanilla
1/2 cup frozen berries
1 T ground flax seeds
handful spinach
blend on medium for a minute

You can prep these the evening before, put them in the freezer for a while, just make sure to place your smoothie in the fridge overnight to thaw!

Luna bars – Though any granola bar works as an on the go snack, I specifically like Luna bars for their protein and reasonable amount of sugar. Larabars are also great ingredient wise, but I don’t feel like they keep me full for very long. My favorite Luna bar flavor are Lemon Zest and Chocolate Peppermint.

An Americano with nuts – or nonfat latte, or soy latte, or coffee. Customize it for you. I love a tall Americano with light cream and cinnamon on top. This idea is good for when you’re out and forgot to eat, plus you can just roll through the drive through and pick it up. Starbucks sells a variety of nut packages, just stick to half a packet especially if they are covered in sugar! Their flavored ones are extra delicious for a reason!

Happy snacking!

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