Snacks are a bridge, closing the gap when we have a few hours until our next meal and just can’t wait to eat.
Snacks are also an insurance plan. When we prepare ahead of time, they help us survive potential emergencies (i.e. binging on the entire fridge or pantry because we waited too many hours between meals).
Hopefully you see my point: Snacks are a smart thing to have on hand! They help you stay on track with your diet, avoid a drop in blood sugar and keep your energy and focus strong throughout the day. The key is to know what snacks are ideal to have on hand!
Here are six healthy snack options for you:
1) Frozen grapes: I love this option especially when you’re looking for something sweet or cold at night. This healthy snack offers just enough sweetness, has the consistency of a frozen pop and won’t break your teeth when you bite into it. Frozen grapes are low in calories too!
2) Nut butter packets: This is a fantastic choice when you’re traveling and don’t want to deal with the mess of an open container in your car/purse/office. With a powerful combination of healthy fats, minerals and protein, this offers a mini-meal in an easy-to-open packet in the perfect portion size!
3) Celery: I purposefully listed this option after nut butter packets because they can be paired together for even more nutrients…and they taste good together. Celery is a great snack because it is very low in calories, low in carbs and full of water. You also can satisfy a “crunch” craving.
4) Kale chips: Like celery, kale chips offer a lot of nutrients and a healthier “crunch” alternative to a traditional potato chip. You’ll get a hefty dose of vitamins A, C and K with this snack as well.
5) Greek yogurt: Stop right here if you’re looking for a lot of protein (20-plus grams) in a small serving! Greek yogurt is a great source of calcium too and has probiotics for optimal gut health.
6) Hard-boiled egg: This is another protein powerhouse to help especially with muscle repair and growth.
These six healthy snacks are just the tip of the iceberg. I’d suggest adding an assortment of nuts, too, along with easy-to-grab fruits. Snacking can be one of the best ways to get healthier and stay on track with your fitness and diet plan. It takes a bit of planning and preparation, but you’ll be grateful for the time invested once you see how fantastic your body can look with great nutrition!
Written By: Blaire Rummel