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Snacks 101

Let’s talk all about snacks! Snacks can be great, but it’s important to be mindful about snacking. Be mindful about how much you are snacking, why you are snacking, and what you are snacking on. I’m going to break down each topic and then give some ideas of some smart snack choices.

How much are you snacking?

-This is an important question to ask yourself. You want to make sure that you aren’t snacking so much that you aren’t hungry for you’re next meal. It’s also important to ask yourself how hungry you really are. If you are so hungry that you are needing to eat 2-3 snacks or eating a large portion of a snack it might be best to have a meal instead. Typically a meal will be a lot more balanced in nutrients then a single snack. When you are having a meal aim for it to be filled with nutrients and to make you full.

Why are you snacking?

-This is a BIG one. A lot of people do the boredom snacking. I know I’m guilty of it too. It can be especially challenging if your job requires you to be at a desk all day, you work from home, your a student studying long hours or you are seated for long periods of time. I always find myself more likely to grab a snack when I’m at my desk compared to when I am on the go all day. It’s important to ask yourself why are you snacking. Think about whether or not you are actually hungry or bored? It might even be a good idea to wait 20 minutes after you think of grabbing a snack to see if you are still hungry 20 minutes later too.

What are you snacking on?

It is important to focus on what you are snacking on. It is better to go for wholesome snacks that are still a good source of nutrients rather then packaged processed snacks. Some packaged snacks can still be nutritious and include whole ingredients, but learning how to read labels and separate the two is key. I also meal prep some snacks for the week that way there’s good snack choices already prepared and it helps to have it already accessible to grab and go.

Snack ideas:

  • Chopped raw vegetables (carrots, peppers, cucumber, celery, etc)
  • Stuffed bell peppers
  • Stuffed avocado topped with tomatoes, mozzarella, and balsamic
  • Smoothies (Summertime smoothie linked here)
  • Steamed edamame
  • Fresh fruit
  • Smoothie bowls (add some extra ice to your favorite smoothie and top with fresh fruit and granola)
  • Avocado toast
  • Raw vegetables and hummus
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Yogurt topped with fruit
  • Dry roasted chickpeas
  • Guacamole
  • Oatmeal or Overnight oats
  • Nuts
  • Homemade granola bars

Check out my Pinterest and Instagram for more snack ideas!

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