my favorite snack ideas
Can I be real with you?
I’m not exactly in my “best shape” right now. Not even close. For sure struggling to fit regular exercise into my life at the moment – and completely not content with that. Gotta do something about it for sure. In the meantime — I totally know that I control what I eat and how that affects how I feel.
Lately I’ve been thinking specifically about snacks. I am home a lot. And when I’m home – and oftentimes working – I feel sort of snacky throughout the day. So I figure if I’m going to snack, I’d better reach for healthier choices instead of potato chips or dipping a Hershey chocolate bar in peanut butter. Okay, whoa – that was a little specific. ; )
In an effort to make a more conscious decision about the way I snack at home, I figured I would go ahead and share my personal favorites. These are great ideas for kid snacks, too! Let’s go!
Snack Idea #1: Celery + Peanut Butter. Sure, peanut butter isn’t the healthiest thing on the pantry shelf, but there’s protein. And yes, celery is a little weak in the nutrient department, but it’s a vegetable for all intents and purposes. And I love the combination – both for texture and for taste. ; )
Snack Idea #2: Homemade Trail Mix. The concept is simple: Choose your favorite ingredients and put it all together. My personal favorites are pecans, cashews, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and dark chocolate chips. I like to make a big batch, keep it in a plastic container with an air-tight lid, and put it in the fridge. Now I just need to work on portion control because it’s soooo good. ; )
Snack Idea #3: Almond Butter. My local grocery store (Safeway) has a section behind our produce where you can grind up various types of nut butters right there – fresh. So this little container is 100% ground almonds – nothing else. The way I like to eat it is just a spoonful with a drizzle of honey. That’s it.
Snack Idea #4: Apple + Cheese. Specifically a mozzarella cheese stick and right now I love honeycrisp or gala apples best. I’ve heard it’s good to have a little protein with fruit and this is a combination I’ve loved for a long time.
Snack Idea #5: Caprese. This combination is simply fresh vine tomatoes + mozzarella cheese (I like the pre-sliced kind from Costco) + a drizzle of olive oil + balsamic vinegar, topped with fresh basil, salt + pepper.
Snack Idea #6: Cottage Cheese + Pineapple. If you would have tried to make me eat cottage cheese as a kid, no way. But in the past five years or so, I’ve really grown to love this simple item – particularly with pineapple or raspberries.
Snack Idea #7: Eggs + Avocado. I could eat this every day – seriously. It’s one of my favorite breakfast combinations (scrambled eggs with avocado), but since we’re talking snacks today, I love to keep hard-boiled eggs on hand (which my kids also love), and simply cut it in half long-ways. Then I slice up some avocado – one of the earth’s most perfect foods. Mmmmm. Spread out some avocado on each egg half, then sprinkle some Vege-Sal on top. You can search Vege-Sal Spike Natural Seasoning if you’re not familiar with this. I get it on Amazon. Or you could just do salt + pepper or some other type of seasoning that floats your boat.
Snack Idea #8: Plain Fruit. You know – like just a nectarine, a handful of grapes, raspberries, or whatever fruit you love. That’s always a better idea than the bag of M&M’s, right?
Those are some of my favorite go-to snacks right now and I keep them in mind every time I shop for groceries so I can always have options on-hand instead of just reaching for something that’s not so healthy. With snacks on my mind, I recently polled some family & friends to find out what some of their favorites were. Sometimes hearing or seeing other people’s go-to snacks is helpful to get your wheels spinning about other ideas. Here are some of the things they shared with me:
- crackers + sliced cheese
- guacamole + organic tortilla chips
- salsa + tortilla chips
- popcorn seasoned with coconut oil + sea salt
- homemade fruit smoothie
- deli meat rolled up with cheese slice
- plain almonds (but soaked for about 8 hours ahead of time) + raisins
- Bear Naked granola snack packs
- carrots + hummus
- Luna Protein Bars
- sliced cucumber with Swiss cheese
- cheese cubes + grapes
- cucumbers + cream cheese
- deli meat + cottage cheese
- Stacy’s Pita Chips + hummus
- greek yogurt + berries
- apple + almond butter (Justin’s packets)
- organic grassfed beef jerky
- Clif brand Kid Z Bars
- dried mangoes from Trader Joes
- banana sushi (spread a whole wheat tortilla with favorite nut butter, roll up the banana in the tortilla, then cut into slices)
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