Snacks are one of the first places busy people, actually probably all people, tend to get off track when trying to eat better. Often time snacks need to be quick, easy or grab and go and highly processed foods lend themselves well to these requirements. With a little bit of forethought you can have easy, quick, grab and go and yes, healthy snacks! Here are some of my favorites:
Dippers: these can be both savory and sweet and there are so many options! Steer clear of super processed dips with added sugars and hard to say ingredients. It’s ok to get store bought but look for quality options.
- Hummus- you really can go wrong with hummus, so many things taste awesome dipped in the stuff. Raw veggies are classic but don’t discount crackers, these are my favorite; roasted veg like sweet potato, or even just a big ol’ piece of romaine lettuce. Nom.
- Nut and Seed Butters- try apples (when slicing apples ahead coat them in a little fresh lemon to help keep them from browning) sprinkle a bunch of cinnamon on those puppies and you’ve got yourself a trifecta of yum, celery, crackers, or just your spoon.
- Salsa- see all of the above opinions, except for maybe apples…or do whatever floats your boat. I also like to toast a sprouted grain tortilla and then break off chunks for a healthier chip.
To prepare ahead take advantage of this fun mason jar hack by portioning out your dip of choice in the bottom of a jar and then placing items that won’t get soggy in the dip. For those items like crackers that should be separate, I love these cuppow snack inserts which confine everything to just one container but a ziplock or separate storage container would do just as well! By preparing your portion in advance you insure that you have something to eat when hunger strikes but you also help keep your snack to a smaller serving size rather than finding you’ve mindlessly eaten half a container of dip.
By The Handful: these are your dry snacks. The ones where you might find yourself elbow deep in crinkly bag, still standing in the pantry covered in crumbs, mindful eating be damned. Any foods you might have a tendency to eat mindlessly should be portioned out into single servings. That way if you feel like you want more, you have to at the very least open another container giving you time to think about if you’re really still hungry.
- Trail Mix- I’ve yet to really see a pre-packaged trail mix that holds up to my standards. They tend to have a lot of added oils, sugar and salt. Now quality versions of these items can be a great addition to a trail mix recipe but in most store bought brands you won’t find the quality I’m looking for. Try the one featured here, this or this but replace the canola oil with coconut.
- Tamari Almonds- My husband loves these. He takes a very small container of them to work each day and finds them to be satisfying and filling. You make your own with this basic recipe or we’ve found some in the bulk bins at both Whole Foods and Sprouts here in Las Vegas.
- Granola- this is great by the handful but can also be used as a topper for yogurt or smoothies or as a quick cereal when needed. I tend to just throw a bunch of puffed and sprouted cereals, seeds and nuts together on a pan with cinnamon, a little salt, oil and maple syrup and sometimes nut butter but for those that need an actual recipe I’ve made and enjoyed this one and you can always sub out anything you don’t have/like.
- Kale Chips- Store bought kale chips are delicious and can be just as good as home made…however damn they are expensive. I mean $8 for a tiny container. If you can carve out a little extra time in your meal prep day Make Your Own. Kale is $1/bunch plus maybe $1-2 more for the flavoring and you have a larger portion for less than half the price. Try these or just destem your kale, break it up into pieces and toss it with a little oil, salt, pepper and nutritional yeast and bake at at 375. You won’t keep that raw goodness intact like if you dehydrated them but its easier and quicker.
What are your favorite healthy snacks? Tell me in the comments so I can add them to my rotation!