Looking for a few go-to snacks? The best ones will nourish you and leave you feeling satisfied. They’ll also have a good combination of carbs, protein and fat to provide you with energy and leave you satiated until your next meal. Here are a few easy ones and tips for getting healthy snacking done.
With the warm summer weather, I can’t get enough of delicious crisp veggies, sliced apples, seed crackers and hummus (see my Facebook post
). It’s the best time of the year for this so try cucumber, celery, carrots, bell peppers. You can also try pairing sliced apples with almond butter and a dusting of cinnamon. Very nice.
The great thing about these is you can make them in batches and store them in the freezer, then just take a few out as needed. They are a perfect pick-me-up between lunch and dinner. Try these Vegan Protein Balls.
For those of you who follow the blog Oh She Glows, you may be familiar with freezer fudge. This simple (and very yummy) recipe has only a few ingredients and can be kept in the freezer until the mood strikes. She has a few varieties but this almond butter one
is my favourite – I usually don’t even bother with the chocolate because the almond fudge is so tasty
I was a little late in the game on this one. Honestly, the first time I tried chia pudding I wasn’t really into it. Years later, some kind of switch went off and now I LOVE it. It is so easy to make and can even serve as breakfast topped with fresh fruit, nuts and granola. Here is a chocolate version
that I make all the time, and a strawberry version
that is really refreshing.
Easy Sorbet or Banana Ice Cream
This is a nice at-home treat, it can even be your dessert after dinner. You can enjoy a really easy fruit sorbet by throwing frozen fruit in the food processor or a high powered blender and processing until smooth. My favourite is dark cherry. You can also try processing frozen bananas with just a dash of unsweetened almond milk (and any additional flavours you may enjoy like cacao powder, peanut butter, strawberry, or a combo). Again, it’s REALLY easy, you can make it in about 5-10 minutes.
A snack on the lighter side, popcorn can be a healthy treat when you make it at home with key ingredients. Try drizzling your air popped organic popcorn with coconut oil and a dash of sea salt. For your sweet tooth, you can add cinnamon and coconut sugar. My husband absolutely loves this combo.
With the exception of the last two, all the recipes can be made ahead with a little planning. Find the time that’s best for you – is it the night before? On the weekend? Tuesday morning? Healthy snacks can be more readily available if you plan your time to make them ahead.
Set Yourself Up for Success:
A few weeks ago, my husband and I attended a four-day all-day training that started early and included a 40-minute commute. I’m not usually a big snacker but I’d had an early breakfast in the morning and a late dinner and I didn’t anticipate how hungry I would be between meals (or how hangry I got on the first day when my blood sugar dropped). Lesson learned. By the second day, we came equipped with a nice big bag of assorted nuts, seeds and dried fruit as well as a very tasty chocolate chia pudding I made that morning, and I was A-Okay. The point is: set yourself up for success. I wouldn’t have eaten the chocolate chip cookies they served that first day anyway, but I didn’t even care about the cookies on the second day because I had my delicious pudding that was sweetened with maple syrup and full of healthy fats and fibre to keep my energy high and me feeling full. When you’re prepared with healthy choices, you’re less likely to fall prey to the temptation of poor ones.
If you have little ones at home, include them in making your family snacks. This can actually be really fun for kids, particularly rolling energy balls in their hands, blending banana ice cream and choosing their own flavour combinations, or tossing the popcorn. Making healthy snacks together is such an easy way to start integrating your children in the kitchen and teaching them about healthy cooking.
Keep it Moderate:
Don’t substitute your meals with snacks. Keep your portions moderate. If you need more, that may be a sign your body is ready for its next meal (not just a snack) or that your last meal wasn’t built to last.
What are some of YOUR favourite healthy snacks?
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