In the spirit of healthy starts on the glorious fall Monday, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite healthy snacks. Let’s kick off the week on the right foot!
I’ve mentioned before on this blog that I’m a huge snacker. They sometimes replace my meals, so it’s important for me to get a lot of nutrition from my snacks. In general, most of my snacks will have 250 calories and contain at least one important dietary requirement, like protein or fiber. Another requirement is that they don’t involve a lot of preparation and are easy to bring with me everywhere (especially since I’m no longer sitting in an office these days).
1. SOMETIMES HEALTHY STAPLE: VEGGIES + DIP
Perfect For: Pretty much any occasion. I nibble on these babies whenever I want, with one important exception: before workouts. If I eat them before i workout, I feel them jumbling around the entire time.
How to Make It: Every Sunday, I chop up a whole bunch of vegetables, which I then throw in a plastic bag and take with my everywhere, along with some dips in small Tupperware. Favorite veggies include tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, carrots, snap peas and green beans.
Combinations: I try to add more nutrition with the dips, and here are some of my favorites:
- Greek Yogurt + Honey Mustard (protein bonus)
- Greek Yogurt + Avocado (healthy fats, protein bonus)
- Cottage Cheese (protein bonus)
- Peanut Butter (vitamin, protein bonus)
- Laughing Cow Cheese