When you think of a snack, what food do you think of? The grocery store has aisle’s full of packaged “snack” food. Granola bars, chips, crackers, fruit snacks, the list goes on.
Honestly, I never buy that stuff. Snacks should still properly fuel your body and contain protein, healthy carbs, healthy fats and fruits/vegetables. Filling up on typical snack foods with no real nutritional benefit is not properly fueling your body and those foods make your body crave more junky foods.
If you’re looking for healthier snack options, look no further! Here are 5 easy, filling, healthy snack options for school, work, or whenever you’re feeling a little hungry.
1: Avocado Toast
Avocado Toast is so quick and easy to make and it’s super filling. For my Avocado Toast, I use Food For Life Gluten Free Sprouted Grain bread. When I’m preparing this for work, I toast my bread at home and put it in a glass Pyrex container like this one. I bring ½ an avocado to work and assemble it when I’m ready to eat it. You can top it with whatever you’d like. I love topping mine with Everything Bagel Seasoning (which I carry in my work bag.)
2: Rice Cake & Nut Butter
This snack is super filling! Just be careful with the rice cakes you buy as the flavored ones can be full of sugar, flavorings, and artificial colors. My favorite brand for rice cakes is Lundberg. They’re organic and even the flavored ones have simple ingredients. I love topping my rice cakes with organic peanut butter or organic almond butter. You can top it with whatever organic nut butter you want!
3: Plain Yogurt & Fruit
Flavored yogurt (even fruit flavored) contains an atrocious amount of sugar! Lots of the fruit yogurts also contain artificial colors and flavoring. I love buying the big container of plain yogurt (I use cashew yogurt) and adding fruit to it! Sometimes I add a little raw honey to it to make it sweeter. Buying the larger container is cheaper and plain yogurt (shouldn’t) have anything in it except yogurt. I put it in the small Pyrex containers like these and take to work.
4: Fruit and Nut Butter
Fruit and Nut Butter is such a good combo! It’s filling and nutritionally beneficial. I love bananas and peanut butter but apples and peanut butter are a good choice too! Sometimes I even do celery and peanut butter. I know most people can’t take peanut butter to school however any organic nut butter will be filling.
5: Hummus and Veggies (or Crackers)
Veggies and Hummus is such an easy snack too! I like to buy pre-washed organic carrots and celery from Wegmans for my hummus. I like crackers with Hummus too, just be mindful of what crackers you buy! Mary’s Gone Crackers are the BEST! Make sure you check the ingredient label on your crackers. Rule of thumb, if you don’t know what an ingredient is, don’t eat it.
Snack’s don’t have to be packaged junk food. With a few minutes of prep, you can have healthy, nutritionally dense snacks everyday!
Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite healthy snack is!