I love planning and organizing. I like to know what is going on months in advance. I am really not the spontaneous type. If it is not in the “plan” I tend to freak out. I think this drives Josh nuts sometimes, but he still loves me:)
Planning is key when it comes to healthy eating. You need to have a plan to keep yourself on track when hunger hits. I always plan meals in advance and the same thing goes for snacks. Eating healthy snacks in between meals keeps your metabolism and energy up. A light snack will also help tide you over to the next meal-so you are not starving and eating everything in sight.
Select foods that satisfy your hunger and provide your body with energy and important nutrients. Opt for snacks between 100-200 calories, depending on your daily calorie needs. Choose snacks from these food groups:
- Fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients. They are also low in calories and we all need to sneak in more fruits and veggies. So eat up!
- Whole grains. Whole-grain snacks are rich in fiber and complex carbohydrates, which give you energy with staying power.
- Nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds provide protein, so you will feel fuller longer. They can be high in fat, but it’s mostly monounsaturated, a healthy fat. Nuts and seeds are high in calories, so watch your portion sizes.
- Low-fat dairy products. Cheese, yogurt and other dairy products are good sources of calcium and protein, plus many other vitamins and minerals. Make sure you choose fat free, low fat, and/or light versions.
Here are a few of my favorite snacks:
- Natural peanut butter or almond butter with apple slices, banana slices, or celery sticks.
- Fresh or frozen berries with yogurt. We make our own yogurt-it’s my favorite:) Top with sliced almonds or granola to make a fruit parfait.
- Whole grain crackers with fat free cottage cheese. I also like cottage cheese and fruit-pears and peaches are my favorite.
- I like to make my own trail mix-high fiber cereal, dried fruit (such as apricots, cranberries, and apples), and almonds.
- Vegetables with hummus. Try red, yellow, and orange bell peppers; broccoli; cauliflower; carrots and cherry tomatoes. I like different hummus flavors too-red pepper, cilantro lime, artichoke, etc.
- Fruit smoothies. I use yogurt, fresh fruit, and ice. My favorite combo-peach, raspberries, and a little agave nectar.
- Handful of nuts-almonds are my favorite. I usually add fruit too, I am hooked on clementines right now.
- String cheese with cut up veggies.
- Edamame with a little sea salt.
- Sandwich thin with light Laughing Cow cheese wedge and tomato slices.
- Frozen grapes-they take longer to eat and are a cool treat in the summer.
Just make sure you watch your portion sizes. Keep it a snack, not a meal! If you know you are going to be out all day, pack a snack to go. If you work at a desk-keep healthy snacks in your desk drawer. In my purse you will always find an apple and a snack bag with almonds. You never know when you will need a pick me up-so plan ahead!
What do you like to snack on? Please share your healthy ideas.
If you are participating in the 10 in 10 Challenge, how is it going? I am rocking my workouts and eating better so things are going well.
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