Saturday, April 11, 2015

Healthy Snacks

We all struggle with finding the time to pack our healthy snacks everyday especially when you are a busy mom or have a full time job.  You don't have to resort to vending machines and drive thrus.  You can stay on track and eat healthy on the go.  It just takes a little planning.  I spend a few hours each week baking grilled chicken for wraps and salads, cutting up fruits and veggies and portioning it into baggies along with nuts and hummus to make a complete snack.  The key to sustaining your energy and blood sugar all day long is to pair healthy complex carbs (fruits and veggies) with a protein (nuts, hummus, avocados, cottage cheese) at each meal.  This prevents the crash in blood sugar which can lead to binging! 
I always sit down with my 21 Day Fix book and the 21 day fix meal planner template and plan out all my meals and snacks before I hit up the grocery store.  Afterwards I spend a few hours preparing my snacks and getting organized for the week. 
I love the eat clean magazine, I find a lot of my recipes from this magazine.  They even give you a 2 week meal plan that I pick and choose new ideas, especially for snacks.  I also use the gracious pantry website for meal ideas as well.
I have included a list of some healthy snack ideas for you to use!
  1. 20 grapes and 1 low fat string cheese.
  2. 2 cupped handfuls of strawberries and a scant handful of raw unsalted cashews
  3. handful of carrots and cucumbers and 1 tbsp skinny hummus.
  4. 2 whole wheat rice cakes (no salt added) with 1 tbsp all natural pb (look at the label it should say dry roasted peanuts only) and 1 tbsp raisins on top
  5. 1 cup plain greek yogurt, 1orange cut up with 1 tbsp almonds.  If its to tart for you add a tiny bit of honey or agave nectar.
  6. 1/2 cup cottage cheese and a handful of fresh berries.
  7. 1 banana with 1 tbsp all natural nut butter
  8. 1 apple with 1 tbsp nut butter or a handful of raw unsalted almonds.
Oh and of course my favorite meal of the day....SHAKEOLOGY!  It's either a meal or a snack each day!  Quick and easy, no thought required!  Just blend and Go!

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