I love snacking! In the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening I make sure I am always locked and loaded with a couple good snacks. I take the extra precaution to always be ready with food because you really don’t want to be around me when I get hungry…My favorite snacks are the easiest snacks and I like to go for things that will hold me over until the next meal, here’s a list of my favorite ones!
GREEK YOGURT W/ PROTEIN & PB
This is my all-time favorite snack! I have it every morning after breakfast and before lunch (you know that time when you’re about ready to kill all your co-workers and are counting down the seconds until your lunch break) yeah, don’t get to that point. Curb the cravings with this protein packed snack! I usually use ½ cup Chobani low-fat Greek yogurt or Fage 0% Greek yogurt and ½ scoop protein powder (any flavor) can’t go wrong with vanilla but I’ve used everything from chocolate to cookies and cream to snicker doodle to chocolate peanut butter. I’ve also found that if you like things super thick (which I do) using a casein and whey blend makes the yogurt thicker. Stir the two together until mixed, if your protein isn’t sweet enough for the tangy yogurt use a little bit of sweetener of choice (I recommend stevia) but you could use honey, agave, etc. just make sure it fits with your protein flavor. Then I add 1 tbsp. peanut butter (normally natural crunchy because I’m all about the textures) stir that up and you have the perfect snack! Sometimes I’ll make this into a huge bowl with a cup of yogurt, 2 tbsp. of peanut butter and all the toppings (banana, rice cake or cereal, berries, chocolate chips, etc.) the combinations and flavors are endless that’s why it’s so perfect to snack on all the time!
Derek has the best homemade protein bar recipe but he refuses to share the recipe with me (maybe if I get enough comments on this post he’ll change his mind) because seriously they’re so good. Vanilla protein, oatmeal, chocolate chips, dried cherries, and walnuts (think granola bar and protein bar in one) but actually healthy and actually with a substantial amount of protein. You can usually find great recipes for protein bars and granola bars that make for great snacks and if I (or Derek) don’t have the time to make bars I love a chocolate chip cookie dough quest bar!
SNAP PEAS & CARROTS W/ HUMMUS
If you can add veggies into your snacks I think that’s a great win! A lot of the times though I find that I can eat them endlessly and don’t ever feel any more satiated. So veggies are a great snack when you just want to munch and are bored (great swap for that bag of potato chips while lounging on the couch).
NUTS, NUTS, NUTS
My go-to nuts are almonds, they are the most nutritious and I like their flavor raw the best but you could have walnuts, cashews, peanuts, etc. Nuts are a great source of some protein but they're mostly fat so just be mindful of serving size, as they are calorie dense because of their fat content. Measure out a ¼ cup and pack them away for a great on-the-go snack.
Trail mix goes hand in hand with nuts but I like to count it as it’s own because you can add so many other tasty things. I like to make my own when I can and normally put walnuts, peanuts, chocolate covered espresso beans (game changer, so good, highly recommend if you haven’t had them before), dried cranberries and banana chips (my favorite, funny I feel like I say things are my favorite a lot I just really like food.)
RICE CAKE W/ PB & BANANA
Perfect for a pre-workout snack if you’re running low on time (for those early morning gym-goers or after work before the gym) the rice cake and banana provide a great amount of carbs to energize your workout and I only recommend enough peanut butter on the rice cake for the banana to stick to the top because fat can slow down digestion and might cause discomfort during training. It’s a perfect sweet snack and can satisfy cravings too. There are so many rice cake flavors (cinnamon, apple cinnamon, caramel, chocolate, kettle corn, or regular) and I sometimes top them with strawberries or chocolate chips too!
When I don’t have Greek yogurt (which is hardly ever) cottage cheese sometimes takes its place for the first snack. It’s not my favorite but it does the job. I do really like cottage cheese with pineapple or other berries/fruit though. It can also go to the savory side with a little salt and pepper and tomatoes.
This one is great for after dinner when the only thing that sounds good is ice cream! Protein fluff is so simple. Simply put 1 cup frozen fruit (any kind), about ¼ cup (maybe less) protein powder (vanilla works best), and ¼ cup milk/almond milk and blend, blend, blend for about 10 minutes with a mixer. It will take some time to get to the right consistency and at first the fruit will be chunky but keep blending and it will turn smooth and silky. It won’t be as thick as an ice cream but it will be cold and sweet and will fill up your stomach due to it’s airiness. Be careful with this one, it might cause some burping.
Yep, I’m talking about those Jell-O boxes in the grocery store! Make sure it’s sugar-free if you want something lower in calories and use skim milk. Again, like the fluff, makes a great sweet treat for after dinner. I really do have the biggest sweet tooth but these are the ways I help satisfy it so hopefully, if you have a sweet tooth too, these suggestions help you as well!
Crunchy, salty, and sometimes sweet making it one of the best to make and to buy! My favorite kind to buy is Boom-chicka pop (or something of the like i.e. Skinny Pop). I’m all about being able to eat a ton of food (for little calories, volume people!) and popcorn is one of those foods that you can afford to eat a lot of! I love kettle corn the most (obviously) but I do have a great savory alternative for this one. Make your own popcorn, season as necessary and top with Frank’s hot sauce—yum!
Hope these have helped in some capacity! Snack on my friends, because no one likes to be hangry!