Who isn’t pressed for time these days? Healthy snacks that are easy to prepare and grab are a must for anyone on a health journey. Here are 10 of my favorites:
This is one of my all time favorite snacks! I love apples, and I LOVE nut butters! From time to time I have to take a break from them because I love them a little too much. And the convenience of grabbing a spoonful (or two) can get a little too tempting several times a day, which can throw my calories and fat grams a bit on the high side for the day. But a normal 1-2 Tbsp serving of nut butters is fine for most people. 🙂
2. Kale Chips
These have gotten more and more popular and you can purchase them in most grocery stores now in the health food section. I have made my own and while they are tasty, they aren’t quite like the store bought ones. I am going to keep perfecting this recipe, so stay tuned. You can check out the recipe HERE.
These are one of my favorite grab and go snacks. I will usually boil 6-12 at a time and keep them in the fridge for a few days. Back when I practically lived at the gym (I was a personal trainer at a large gym before kiddos), I would bring a couple with me in my cooler for the day. And I eat both the whites AND the yolk! 🙂
4. Carrots and Humus
Anyone who knew me through high school and college, knew that I had a slight obsession with carrots. I am not sure if it was because they were always available in the barn (where I lived from age 11- 25), or that they are one of the sweeter vegetables (and I love sweet). But I ate a lot of them every day! I actually ate them so often that my skin turned orange for much of college and a few years after. I have since scaled back on them, but I do love them as a snack occasionally. I love to pair them up with 2 Tbsp of hummus. It is so yummy and satisfying when you want something crunchy and a little savory.
Lately I have been craving overnight oats as a snack. I usually have my shake for breakfast, but I have been really wanting these yummy oats too! So I have been having them some afternoons. I think I am craving them because I have increased my running and my body is craving more carbohydrates. That on top of not sleeping a ton (with a newborn) would do it. But this is a great way to get some of those extra (healthy) carbohydrates in. Check out the recipe HERE.
These are an awesome snack because they are not only satisfying, but you can stuff a small bag in your purse (or diaper bag) and off you go! I prefer to get the natural almonds because they are harder to overdo it on.
7. Greek Yogurt and Berries
This is a great snack with both protein and fiber. I prefer to use plain greek yogurt and add my own fruit than get the pre-made ones. It tends to have less sugar than the ones that are already mixed with fruit and syrup. I don’t do a lot of American dairy anymore, since having my hormone imbalance issues, but do occasionally still enjoy this as a snack. I have been going to try some of the non dairy yogurts soon.
8. Chia Pudding
I haven’t made this one in a long time. I think it is time that it made an appearance in my kitchen again. Maybe my kids will even like it! (ha). If you let chia seeds soak in some almond or coconut milk overnight, and add some cocoa and stevia, you have chocolate pudding! The consistency is a little like tapioca pudding, but it has a lot more nutrients your body can use like healthy fats and fiber.
9. Protein Bars
Here is a snack with SO MANY options. There are a million and one kinds of protein bars out there, so which ones are the best? I look for one that doesn’t contain soy or Sucralose. Since my body is prone to hormone imbalance – like hypothyroidism and PCOS, I do my best to avoid soy which can potentially disrupt the endocrine system. I don’t like Sucralose (Splenda) either, as it is linked to all sorts of health issues. A person would have to consume a lot of it, but why even put it in your body if you don’t have to. Also, if a company chooses to use a cheap ingredient like Sucralose, than what else are they skimping on for quality. Finding a bar without these can be pretty tough to find without looking online. I went to our local grocery store (Publix) the other day and was pretty surprised I couldn’t find ONE protein bar without Sucralose or soy. Not one! There were a couple snack bars like Kind and Larabar that had good clean ingredients, which I ended up buying, but I was looking for a protein/meal replacement bar that would hold me over longer. There are a couple that you can buy online that have clean ingredients and are a protein/meal replacement bar. I love the Isalean bars by Isagenix because they use whey protein from New Zealand cows that are grass fed and not given any antibiotics or hormones (I am very careful with added hormones since my body has it’s own hormone craziness). Sometimes I get creative and make my own protein bars and snack bars/bites. Then I am not stuck in the grocery store reading labels. (Although when I get to go to the store by myself without the crazy kiddos, I don’t mind taking my sweet time….. hehe). Here are a couple of my favorite recipes I have played around with:
Looking at the above recipes, it is apparent I like peanut butter, as 3 of the 4 recipes use it! ha. Any nut butter can be substituted for the peanut butter as well and is just as yummy!
10. Protein shake
I use a protein shake often as a snack because it’s easy, filling, and nutritious (if you choose a good quality one). I know there are a gazillion shakes out on the market to choose from, so how do you decipher which is a good one vs which is not? I use the same rule as the bars for looking at ingredients. I first look for Sucralose and soy, and if I don’t find that, I want to be sure it has a good balance of proteins, carbs, and fats for satiety. The body needs both fats and carbs, just the right kinds and the right amounts. Another good rule of thumb when looking at labels for weight loss is to take the carbohydrates grams and subtract the protein and the fiber grams from it. That number should be less than 10 for most people, and for some it needs to be less than 5 for them to be able to burn fat. That label rule can also be used on the protein bars, and anything else that has a label. Lastly I look at vitamins and minerals, and the sources of all the ingredients. Minerals are especially important for so many people because they help all sorts of functions and processes in the body, and many people are lacking them. My preferred shake of choice is the Isalean shake by Isagenix. I have been using it for over 6 years now because I felt great when I switched over to them compared to what I was using, and I wanted to continue to feel that way.
I love these little bites of savory goodness. I like to make a batch of them and throw them in the fridge to grab and go during the week. You can add whatever your favorite veggies are to them to make them more delicious. You can check out the recipe HERE.
I would love to hear your favorite grab and go snacks! I am always open to new ideas and options. I would love to include them in a 10 MORE healthy snack ideas post in the future. 🙂