I’m a big fan of snacking. Snacking helps stabilize blood sugar levels, keeps our metabolism steady, and satisfies our hunger….if you’re eating snacks that do your body good. Research has shown that eating two snacks a day, in addition to your regular daily meals, was associated with a lower body mass index (BMI) and maintenance of weight loss. Nice!
I often advise my clients to include protein and/or good fats in their snacks. Doing so helps increase a feeling of fullness, and gives you more sustainable energy throughout the day. I list some of my favorite nutritious snacks below. These snacks are very nutrient-dense foods. There’s no longer any excuse for grabbing a bag of potato chips or other processed carbs. Keep a steady supply on-hand so that they’re available, and you won’t be tempted to reach for a nearby sugary treat or Dorito.
- A slice of toasted non-gluten bread with a dab of melted coconut oil
- A sheet of nori seaweed with mashed avocado inside, cut up into three pieces
- A small banana with a handful of walnuts
- Baby carrots with 5 tsp. of hummus
- Half a turkey sandwich with non-gluten bread, with a dab of sauerkraut spread inside
- 1 cup edamame
- 1 cup Greek-style yogurt with ½ cup blueberries
- 2 celery sticks with 1 T. almond butter
- One small apple, sliced, served with 1 T. coconut butter
- Handful of pistachios, gogi berries, and raw cocoa nibs
- Kale marinated in rice vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, Braggs Liquid Aminos (1 T. each), garlic, with a sprinkling of nutritional yeast as a condiment
Note that these snacks are not meals – they’re just enough to help you feel satisfied. AND, they’re super simple and GREAT for the body (as long as you don’t have a sensitivity to any of them).