If you know me at all, you know that I love my snacks. Sometimes I get a little self conscious at work about the fact that I'm basically eating something all day long. I do get my work done, I promise!
I am the girl who packs an emergency Quest bar in my purse just in case I'm out and about and I get crazy hungry with no healthy options in sight. These moments happen -- often!
I've come to peace with the fact that I'm a snackaholic, and I just have to make sure that I'm prepared for snack time so that I don't end up eating the free chips or candy in my office.
Here are my current top 10 favorite healthy snacks:
1. Fresh Fruit
Simple and to the point. They are sweet like dessert, but are packed with vitamins and are so refreshing when you're feeling a mid morning slump. I have a piece of fruit at 10 am almost every single day.
2. Raw Nuts
My personal favorites are almonds and peanuts. Yes, peanuts are higher in fat, but that doesn't make them terrible for you! I just make sure to cut back on the olive oil in my salad that day if I plan to have a handful of peanuts.
3. Plain Greek Yogurt with Protein Powder
This is my current go-to. Maybe I have "healthy brain," but I swear this tastes like ice cream to me. I just mix plain greek yogurt with protein powder (I'm using Quest Vanilla Milkshake currently, but I've also been happy with a number of Cellucor flavors as well), and then I throw in some berries, vegan chocolate chips, or granola. Seriously, you should try this because it is a great, non-meat way to get protein!
4. Hummus & Veggies
I love hummus, and I'm learning to replace crunchy pita chips with crunchy carrots, snap peas, and celery. My favorite hummus right now is the roasted pine nut flavor.
5. Protein Bars
Quest bars have the best protein-to-carb ratio, but if you're already good for protein that day, you can go for a more natural protein bar like a Lara bar or something. Steer clear of the super high calorie bars.
6. Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter & Jelly
A healthier take on a childhood favorite. I buy the plain, unsalted thin brown rice cakes. I measure out a tablespoon of peanut butter (or almond butter) and spread that across two cakes. Then I top both of them with a little bit of fruit preserves (no sugar added).
7. Protein "Desserts"
8. Popcorn (lightly salted, no butter)
You can make this yourself with coconut oil and some popping corn, or you can buy the healthy kind of microwaveable popcorn. Don't eat a whole bag by yourself. Divvy it up into sandwich bags to control yourself.
9. Protein Shake
These little summery snacks are such a crowd pleaser! They're raw vegan, but people of all different dietary habits love these guys. They're so refreshing!