Ever get so busy with your day that you "forget to eat?" Then you are STARVING for dinner? Yeah, I've done that too, but I really try to be conscious of eating every three to four hours now. I do get hungry that often, so having healthy snacks in my fridge, at work, or in the car are essential. Here are five of my favorites. I'd like to hear what your favorite snacks are too.
I like most varieties of applies. The one pictured above is a Honey Crisp- so pretty and crunchy! I'm trying to get in the habit of washing my apples when I bring them home from the grocery store so they are ready to slice and eat. I pair them with natural peanut butter for a satisfying treat. I always bring apples to work and my own jar of peanut butter for snack time.
Nutrition: Natural Peanut Butter (2 tbsp): Cal 200; Fat 16g; Sat fat 1.5g; Protein 8g; Carb 6g; Sodium 90g.
Apple (1 medium): Cal 100; Fat 0; Protein 0; Carb 25g.
Carrots are another wash, peel, and slice item I like to keep in my fridge. (You can buy them that way for convenience if you prefer). I buy the giant tubs of hummus since my whole family (including my son) eat it. This is most likely the snack you'll find us eating while dinner is being prepared if we're too hungry to wait. Pictured above is two carrots, but I probably would only eat one large carrot.
Nutrition 1 Carrot: Cal 30; Fat 0g; Protein 1g; Carb 7g.
Hummus (2 Tbsp): Cal 80; Fat 7g; Sat Fat 1g; Cart 4g; Protein 2g; Sodium 125g.
Nuts (preferably unsalted), the ones pictured above are a combination of unsalted and lightly salted. I find that my body really bloats up if I eat too much sodium, so I eat unsalted. I keep these in my car for "emergencies" since they travel so well.
Nutrition 1/4 cup: Cal 170; Fat 16g; Sat Fat 1g; Carb 6g; Protein 5g; Sodium 0g.
I love Edamame. I actually enjoy the process of popping the peas out of their little shell with my teeth. It took me too long to realize I didn't have to go to a sushi restaurant to enjoy edamame, you can buy it frozen at the grocery store. I sprinkle it with a teeny amount of salt.
Nutrition (1 cup unshelled/ 1/2 cup shelled): Calories 110; Fat 3.5g; Sat Fat 0g; Sodium 0g; Carb 12g; Protein 9g.
These little pre-packaged bundles of cheese are high on my list of grab and go. I buy the "light" and eat two at a time. The sodium isn't great, but the protein is.
Nutrition (2 pieces): Cal 100; Fat 5g; Sat Fat 3g; Sodium 400g; Carb 2g; Protein 14g.
What snacks do you like?
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