Snacks are absolutely key. Most people who are making an effort can plan their meals, make the meals, and stick to eating only that food. It’s the morning hunger, the afternoon need for more food, and the after dinner sweet tooth that really trips people up. I’m speaking from experience folks.
Everyone says that it is important to keep only the foods that you want to eat in your home. So if donuts are not what you want to/should be having for breakfast, just leave those beauties at the grocery store. I think this rule is SUPER important for snacks. Snacks are the impulse “eats.” They aren’t carefully planned out recipes and they don’t take an hour of preparation (an hour that you can spend thinking about how you probably shouldn’t eat the whole pan or really any of the macaroni and cheese you are making). Snacks are key to keep your metabolism going but they can hinder your healthy lifestyle just as easily.
So, here’s the plan folks. Keep only healthy snacks in the house and keep them ready for eating. This makes the decision making process for “what should I eat?” not really a decision at all. You already made that decision when you purchased the healthy options and threw out the unhealthy options. Healthy snacks are the only things in the house and they are ready to eat so that’s what you will end up snacking on. I want to share some of our favorite snacks!
1. Quest Bars.
These things are amazing. I referenced them in the blog post where I discuss the proteins we love, but I can’t stop talking about them really. They are high in protein and low in sugar and carbohydrates and man, are they filling. Seriously, they are the perfect snack. Now, they are definitely pricey at about $2.25 so unless you are as rich as Lebron James- you are going to need to find other snack options to supplement these. We’ve found they are cheapest on Amazon.
2. Kind Bars.
Another awesome snack choice. These are great because they travel well and have clean ingredients. One of these delicious crunchy snacks is about 140 calories, 2 grams of protein, 6 grams of sugar, and 23 grams of carbohydrates. The stats (yes, we call them stats) aren’t as good as the Quest Bars but at $0.50 a bar they are hard to beat. And, the ingredients are very natural including oats, millet, honey, coconut, etc. These are also nice because they can satisfy a moderate sweet tooth. If you are living a healthy lifestyle, these can easily be substituted for dessert.
We eat one a day. Everyday. Apples have so many nutrients, they are low cal, and they travel well. It makes no sense to me why everyone doesn’t just have a bunch of apples on hand at all times. They are delicious as a morning or afternoon snack and they are just plain good for you. Also, there are so many different kinds that it is easy to mix it up!
4. Arctic Zero.
I know there are people out there who crave ice cream on an hourly basis. I know because my husband is one of them. Ice cream is his #1 favorite dessert, and if he could fit it into our fit lifestyle- he certainly would. At first we thought he would have to choose one or the other: ice cream or a fit lifestyle. BUT Arctic Zero came to the rescue. Arctic Zero calls themselves the “Pioneer of Fit Frozen Desserts.” Their ice cream is Fat Free, GMO free, lactose free, and has protein and fiber in it. In some flavors, half of the pint is 70 calories, 7 grams of protein, 10 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of carbohydrates (can you believe those stats??) And before you get to thinking it sounds too healthy to be delicious they have flavors like Chocolate Peanut Butter, Hint of Mint, Cookie Dough Chip, Cool Mint Chip, Salted Caramel, Cookie Shake, Cappacino, Key Lime Pie, and a handful of others!! Can you BELIEVE it?? We couldn’t either until we spent $4.48 a pint (ouch- that’s the lowest price we have found- Walmart) and tried it for ourselves. Now don’t go expecting this pint of healthy ice cream to taste like regular ice cream but I promise you won’t be disappointed. Order some here or see if they carry Arctic Zero at a store near you!
5. Cottage Cheese.
Cottage cheese is a wonderful, filling snack that provides for a substantial amount of protein. A serving size (1/2 cup) is only 90 calories and has 14 grams of protein!! One-half cup has only 5 grams of sugar and 7 grams of carbs. The best part about cottage cheese is that it is so versatile- eat it with chips while watching a game or pair it with fruit for a sweeter treat. One hurdle that some people have with cottage cheese is the texture (Spencer struggled with this for awhile until I converted him!). My advice there is to mix it in with other things or as part of your meal while you get used to the texture and then graduate to eating it as a snack
What are your favorite healthy snacks?