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Awesomely Snacking from Your Cupboard
Listen… you know this already. Toss the junk food out and stock up on the good stuff to make snack time a value add nutritionally. Here are my tips as a health coach on what to snack on that’s easy to keep on hand (even at your desk at work.)
My priority on snacking is
1. Stop hunger pangs
2. Give me energy
3. Add nutrition
4. Tastes good
Note: Sugar does not boost your energy long term!
The Healthy Snack Formula
Protein + Healthy Fat + Good Carb
Why this formula?
- Protein to build or protect muscle (and for kids to grow!)
- Healthy fats for true satiety and keeping you full until the next meal
- Good carb for a boost of energy
Meat or Fish
Fruit (fresh or dried)
Rye or Oat crackers
Fantastic Snack Combinations: EASY
Walnuts + Almond Butter + Dates
A well-balanced cereal bar such as Juice PLUS+ Complete
Piece of cheese + Apple Slices
Nuts + Cheese + Grapes
Ham + Pears
Yogurt + Nuts + Blueberries
Fantastic Snack Combinations: Some Assembly Required
Cottage Cheese + Chives + Carrots or Celery
Avocado + Good Bread + Salt + Squeeze of Lemon
Natural Peanut Butter + Celery
Goat cheese + Nuts + Figs + Drizzle Honey
Boiled Eggs + Sesame Pretzels + Cherry Tomatoes
Re-frame Your Brain…
Do You Really Need a Snack?
Unless you have a big break between meals or do a lot of sports you probably don’t need a snack or the added calories.
Check in with your body:
- Am I really hungry or thirsty?
- Am I just a bit tired?
- Do I need a break?
- Do I need some fresh air and change of scenery?
If you are truly hungry… think about refueling versus a sweet treat and you will be on track for an awesomely healthy body forever.