Do you get super hungry in between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner? Even if you have a snack?
Are you even including snacks in your daily routine? Or are you continuously snacking?
And what types of foods are you snacking on?
All of these questions are important in regards to reaching your healthy lifestyle goals. Snacks can derail your goals if you aren’t eating the right things or are grazing in between main meals.
When done correctly, snacks provide that healthy yumminess that holds you over until your next meal. Some snacks even keep me from feeling deprived of certain foods.
If you ever find yourself super hungry late at night or even waking up in the middle of the night hungry you may not be getting enough to eat throughout the day. Just one or two larger meals isn’t ideal for your body to metabolize correctly and can leave you hungry at odd times of the day, or night.
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I encourage you to eat two snacks a day, one between breakfast and lunch and the other between lunch and dinner. I also encourage you to eat these meals approximately 3 hours apart so that you never feel overly hungry if you are eating the right amount at each time.
If you don’t have a meal/snack eating routine, check out the Personalized Healthy Eating Lifestyle Plan blog post by clicking on the picture.
Planning ahead is crucial
One of the hardest things with snacks happens when we don’t plan ahead – we tend to grab a bag or handful of chips, a cookie, or any other unlikely healthy, nutrient dense option – to include those high calorie, high sodium and sugar “protein bars”. This is why it is extremely important to prep for snacks.
Many snack options are super easy to prep in bulk. When you aren’t tied up each day meal prepping for the next and you have healthy options ready, you are more than likely going to eat healthy rather than grabbing the first “easy” and usually unhealthy food you can find.
Healthy snack ideas and prepping
Aside from grabbing an apple when I don’t prep a snack for the day, here are my top 4 go to snacks.
Each of these are easy to prep several of at the beginning of the week so that they are ready to toss in your meal bag for the day.
There are many times when I am on the go and I am not going to be somewhere that I can keep everything refrigerated, so it is important that I know what the week holds and to be prepared accordingly. A few of these options are great for that!
Plain popcorn either from the bag or from kernel popped at home. Add your favorite flavors – a small amount of freshly grated parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning is a personal favorite!
Hummus and Veggies
Choose your favorite flavor of hummus and cut up a few of your favorite vegetables. I am a fan of carrots, red peppers and celery!
Peanut Butter and Celery
Chop up celery sticks and portion out a tablespoon of peanut butter
Here are a few additional great fiber/protein combo ideas!
Berries and ½ c cottage cheese
Apple and peanut butter
Wheat bran and Greek yogurt
Peppers and black bean dip
Today I challenge you to look at the week ahead and select 3 – 4 of the snack options above and replace ALL of your snacks in the upcoming weeks with these or any other nutrient dense option.
Do you have a go to healthy snack option? Share it below in the comments! I’d love to try it.