I remember a time when I thought “healthy” snacking meant plain rice cakes, plain non-fat yogurt, an apple + 1 tsp peanut butter (<– I blame womens health magazines for that one) and raw veggies. A square of dark chocolate or one slice of cheese if you really feel like letting loose. Plain, boring, bland food. It’s no wonder people bail on their “healthy” diets… that’s no way to eat… or live!
It didn’t take very long to figure out that I didn’t have to follow the nutrition advice laid out in health magazines and, as I was introducing more whole foods into my life, I started getting creative. So, with that said, I wanted to share some of my favorite go-to nutritious snacks.
What we want: plain, unflavoured, at least 3.8% MF (at the very least 2%, I know higher fat yogurts can be hard to come by in some areas) preferably organic. The higher the fat content, the more satiating – it also cuts the glycemic load of the lactose and any added mix’ins. Liberte, The Greek Gods and Olympic are my favorite brands. I’m also a huge fan of Fairwinds Farm organic goat yogurt, which is produced here in southern Alberta.
What we don’t want: non-fat, low-fat, chemically flavoured and/or sweetened yogurt
1. Strawberries, walnuts, chopped basil
2. Frozen cherries, banana, strawberries
3. Strawberries, frozen cherries, orange, banana, hemp seeds
4. Peach, orange, raw cashews, tamari almonds
-Apple + 10% yogurt + cinnamon
-Grain/Sugar Free peanut butter cookies
Who doesn’t love a good snack plate? I’m obsessed with mini cucumbers and cocktail tomatoes sprinkled with himalayan & kelp salt. A handful of raw nuts or a couple devilled eggs on the side.
Spicy nori handrolls – these are so easy to make. I buy nori sheets from a Japanese grocery store, then add lettuce, avocado, protein (either shrimp or salmon sashimi), drizzle on hot sauce, roll and dip in gluten-free tamari.
-Shrimp cocktail with salsa instead of cocktail sauce
-Assorted veggies, chicken and feta packed in a leftover salad box <– for an on the go mini-meal
-Sugar/dairy-free chocolate dipped cherries (you can do this with any fruit)
-Coconut flour waffle or pancake topped with cream cheese and cinnamon or nut butter + fresh fruit.
What are some of your go-to healthy snacks?
What kinds of pre-packaged “health” foods give you the sads? Rice cakes, skim milk, “reduced fat” peanut butter (wrong on so many levels), individually packaged yogurts that literally contain 2 tbsp of yogurt and 800 tbsp of sugar.