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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.  ; )

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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.  ; )

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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
  • edamame
  • 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)

This post is part of a weekly blog series called At Home with Becky. Each Wednesday, I share a little something from home – routines, organization, traditions, decor, etc. If you are interested in seeing all of these posts in one place, just click on that turquoise button at the top of my blog that says At Home with Becky.

COMMENTS

30 Responses

  1. Tracy says:

    If you haven’t tried cottage cheese with fresh tomatoes, that is even better than adding fruit. Tastes just like summer! Also, for a different seasoning to go on top of your avocado with egg, I love to reach for Penzey’s 4S. It is the only seasoning salt my family uses. Just a couple of ideas to change it up a bit. Love every one of your snack ideas.

    • Nicole says:

      We love the Penzey’s 4S. So delicious! And we also like the smoky variety, Cottage cheese and tomato is great – I just can’t get into cottage cheese with pineapple or other fruits, for some reason. And I definitely need to try the hard boiled egg with avocado. LOVE avocado.

  2. Pat says:

    Thank you for all the great suggestions, I to need help in this area of my life!

  3. Bev says:

    looks for “low glycemic” peanut butter. I found a brand called Fifty-50. It doesn’t have all the added sugar so gives you the protein but not the sugar. and the kids still like it. http://www.fifty50foods.com/peanutbutter.html

    • Veronica says:

      I use the Fifty 50 strawberry jam and it’s really good! It’s not like other no sugar added strawberry jellies.

  4. Amy O'Malley says:

    Back to the Cottage Cheese again – when I was a teenager I babysat a little boy who’s mom had me make him Cottage Cheese and Applesauce – I thought it was so gross, but I made it for him – and 30+ years later I still eat it sometimes! It is really delish! Thank you for these ideas – perfect timing as I am struggling with the same issue right now.

  5. Valerie says:

    This is all fantastic advice, Becky. I have snacks like those all the time! And you’re right – they keep me away from the candy bars. 4 months ago I was overweight; I wanted to lose 40 pounds to get to my old gorgeous self again. After finally listening to my good friend from elementary school, I finally did something amazing. I jumped on board with her into the Advocare World. I lost 20 pounds in 2 months. I am now down 30 pounds after 4 months. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to the 40 pound goal, but I now think that’s fine (it was sort of unrealistic at my age, I now realize at 46 years old ;) ). I have not felt this good in 16 years (I have 4 kids, ages 12-16). If you want to check out my site, here ya go! https://www.advocare.com/140223744/default.aspx

  6. Laura says:

    Whole Foods has Vege-Sal Spike!

  7. April says:

    Becky – Where did you get the divided plate? I only see kid looking ones and that would be great to have a small variety of snacks w/o touching

  8. Angela says:

    I’ve really been trying to eat healthier this summer. I love fresh veggies with a little ranch dressing on the side. I also love a spoon full of almond butter, like you get, with a few dark chocolate chips on top. This really helps my sweet tooth! And my favorite thing with cottage cheese….potato chips! Ummmm, yes, it’s amazing….though not very healthy!

  9. This time of the year is a great time for all of us to be snacking on fresh peaches, strawberries,blueberries tomatoes, and cukes. I have been taking full advantage of going to my local farms. I love snacking on all of the wonderful fruits and veggies that are available. I do however, treat myself to one ounce of dark chocolate each night. :) And adding protein to our main meals and snacks is so important especially if you are a Vegetarian like me. :)
    I *love* the white platter that you used. Thanks for all of the great ideas Becky.

    Mary from NH

  10. Kelly B. says:

    We are very snack-compatible, Becky! What fun it would be to sit and share snacks and chat! :) Thanks for the ideas – I need to keep a list nearby in the kitchen to help me make good choices!

  11. Lisa Hudson says:

    Cinnamon graham crackers crumbled into vanilla Greek yogurt. Crunchy and sweet.

  12. Rachel says:

    Have you heard about the book Trim Healthy Mama ? It’s the best for learning to eat healthy.

  13. Amanda Wilson says:

    Becky you look fabulous!! Thanks for sharing your yummy snacks
    :)

  14. Kate Burroughs says:

    If you really want to lose weight, put yourself on a 1500 calorie a day program and don’t eat at all between meals. You can decrease your serving sizes and easily attain 1500 calories a day. I lost 30 pounds in 6 months doing this routine. No buying other products/food, just eating normal food and being smart about my choices all day long. Exercise is a plus, walking an hour at least 3-4 days a week really helps. It takes time to retrain our bodies not to eat so much food every day but it can be done.

  15. Brenda says:

    Sliced bananas are great in cottage cheese.

  16. Kathryn says:

    Cottage cheese is also good mixed with apple butter. Thanks for the great ideas!

  17. Theresa E says:

    I am trying to lose a few extra pounds recently and just found a great website called revelation wellness. You should check it out. it’s a Christian-based fitness ministry and there’s lots of at-home options including a monthly subscription to a ton of workout videos and a Bible study that I’m currently doing called weigh less to feed more.

  18. Kelly says:

    Try bell peppers with peanut butter… I know I can hear and see your reaction…. but seriously try it… that is how my father-in-law got me to eat bell peppers… delish without the strings like celery….

  19. Nancy says:

    We must have similar taste buds because our “favorite snack ideas” are exactly the same! One suggestion I would add is something I found on Pinterest: mix one small container of plain (or vanilla) greek yogurt with two tablespoons peanut butter, a drizzle of syrup and a dash of cinnamon. It makes a great dip for apples, and probably other fruit as well. I have a Honeycrisp apple and this dip every day for lunch and love it!

  20. Julie says:

    Celery actually gets a bad rap. It helps to relieve water retention. It’s a very low-cal vehicle for so many other healthy yummies…guac, hummus, almond butter, soft cheeses. I love all your snack ideas.

  21. dawn says:

    I love these ideas, thanks so much for them. My favorite is apple and cheese, almost had it today but forgot to get apples. Good for you doing better about your snaking, it is a tough thing but so good for you.

  22. Kathy L says:

    You have to try adding advocado slices to the tomato caprese. Skip the basil, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. This is my new favorite summer salad!

  23. Great ideas. I love cheese + apples.

  24. Meg says:

    For our 4th of July BBQ someone brought the most amazing and simple side dish, that has become one of my favorite snacks. It was cottage cheese with fresh cut peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes in it. A little salt and pepper and that was it. I have started making batches to keep in the fridge. Have grilled chicken or fish and you’ve got a meal too! So good!

  25. Cameron Hernandez says:

    I love to snack on greek yogurt and/or cottage cheese with fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and/or banana and little bit of granola on top. Yummy and I get my serving of calcium.

  26. Lika says:

    I love this post!
    Along the lines of your avocado/egg snack, one of my favorite sandwiches is avocado, egg and tomato on whole wheat bread (or your choice of bread) with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. It’s soooo yummy!!
    I don’t put mayo on it but my family loves it with a little bit of mayo.

  27. I love cottage cheese with tomatoes and green onion sliced up!

  28. Christine Byers says:

    Love your snack ideas beccy, try a little sweet chilli sauce with your cucumber and cream cheese it’s to die for.

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