When I was about nine years-old, I had a lot of trouble gaining weight. It was seriously challenging, and I even saw a nutritionist to help beef up my caloric intake. (Cue the eye roll.) If you’re still reading this, I no longer have that issue as my metabolism has clearly evened itself out. Ever since then, I’ve been the world’s biggest snacker. I find that eating many small meals tends to give me sustained energy and I just feel better overall.
I find morning snacking quite easy as I tend to go for a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts. The afternoon slump is what really gets me! I finish teaching at 2:40 and tutor most afternoons. I’m often running to get to the gym for a 6pm class, and I need snacks that I can just throw in my bag.
I’m breaking down my favorite HEALTHY and EASY snacks! Click below to see the product websites.
- Nut butter and apple slices: If a knife is nowhere in sight, I just grab a Nuttzo packet and alternate between bites from the whole apple and a squeeze of the good stuff.)
- Raw almonds or unsalted cashews
- Cucumber slices and baba ghanoush: Humus tends to hurt my stomach, so I prefer this as a similar-tasting alternative
- Dried Fruit: Trader Joe’s Baby Bananas are ugly and smelly, but they taste SO delicious
- GoMacro or Vega Bars: I enjoy both, but GoMacro is my favorite. I can’t rave about these enough. They are delicious, filling, and nutritious.
- Love Beets: Their whole-peeled and prepared beets are my favorite. The white wine and balasmic flavor is my favorite for snacking.
- Siete Grainfree Tortillas and Homemade Salsa or Guacamole: I posted my favorite recipe on Instastories last week. In case you missed it, you can check it out here!
- Matcha Bar Bottled Drinks and Daily Greens Cold-Pressed Juices: Who doesn’t love a good matcha for a boost of energy? The apple-ginger is my favorite flavor. I buy both of these these at Whole Foods and feel that they are worth every penny.
- Smoothie: I usually blend almond milk, banana, spinach, strawberries, and Orgain protein powder in my Nutribullet. It keeps well in the refrigerator all day, and I can simply shake it up and drink in the afternoon.
- Homemade Kale Chips: These are easy to make on a Sunday and have as a snack all week. I take 5-6 large kale stalks and slice or tear them into bite-sized pieces. I drizzle them lightly with coconut oil and add seasalt. I dry them out in then oven for 15-20 minutes on 350 degrees.
And to wash it all down? I love La Croix or Trader Joe’s seltzer. I love GTS Kombucha and Health Aide Kombucha, too. I also enjoy an occasional afternoon cup of coffee, and Nutpods continues to my absolute favorite dairy-free creamer. If you have any snacks to share, please comment below. I’d love to hear your ideas, too!