Strategic Snacking

December 2, 2015 | By Laura Vann

Hangry.

It’s not a pretty word. And biting off your co-workers head, yelling at the kids or forgetting where you are driving are good reasons not to let yourself get there.  Mindfully eating snacks that are nutrient dense with the right amount of fiber and calories will keep your blood sugar levels even. It can also fuel the growth of lean muscle, increase calorie burn, and even improve digestion.

Smart choices are whole foods, that get your energy up and assist you in getting a well-rounded nutrient intake. The idea isn’t just to curb your hunger with a 100 calorie snack pack of cookies or chips but be value added with the same calories that include fiber and protein and vitamins.

Some combos I like:

  • 1 oz. Walnuts (be mindful here! They are super nutrient dense but come with a220cal price) with 1 small apple
  • Blueberries 4oz contain age defying and anti-cancer properties and can be eaten fresh with and oz. of nuts or frozen with almond milk to make a milkshake or ice cream
  • 1 Hard -boiled Egg
  • String Cheese with an Apple
  • Half of a Banana with 1 Oz of Sunflower butter
  • 2 Persian Cucumbers with 1 oz. of Tahini
  • Red and yellow Bell peppers with 1 oz of Hummus
  • Frozen Grapes.  These don’t freeze solid and become a fun easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth! 

Healthy eating should be satisfying and fun. It’s important to set yourself up for success.  I hope this list helps you find some enjoyable choices to satisfy your snack cravings and keep you out the hangries!  I would love to hear your favorite healthy snacks…please share!