I’ve learned from my dietitian and from personal trainers that the best snacks are ones that have a combo of macro nutrients, or at least one!!
What’s a macro nutrient? Carb, Protein and Fat are!
One of my morning go-to snacks that is easy to pack is 1 serving of crackers (either measured out, or usually a snack bag size) and 1 string cheese!! (Carb and Protein!)
Another is homemade trail mix: (this is 10 3/4 cup servings)
- 5 cups of Cheerios (or any other healthy, not sugar cereal you like)
- 2/3 cups of Almonds (or a lower fat kind of nut) – I use Blue Diamond almonds, most recently I’ve been using their Dark Chocolate flavor!!!!
- 1/2 cup of cashews (or a higher fat kind of nut)
- 1 to 1 1/2 single serving size bags of M&Ms (or any other brand or generic version, I usually use the Unreal, Unjunked brand)
(The trail mix has Fat, Carb and Protein in it!)
I also like to have a single serving size yogurt (any kind…regular, low fat, greek (BUT NOT FAT FREE) and a 100 calorie bag/3 cups of regular microwave popcorn (Fat, Carb, and Protein!)
Sometimes though, I’m in a big hurry….I can only throw a few things in my purse before I head out the door, whether or not I know if I’ll have to be eating or have a challenging food choice later in the day, I always put almonds in my purse!! You get fat AND protein…plus, umm, there are some really yummy ones out there.
Today at my desk I had these that I mentioned above:
Blue Diamond DARK CHOCOLATE almonds! 100 calorie pack
Yeah, these are chocolate!! Not coated in candy chocolate, but a light dark chocolate powder. Omigosh soo good!
As many of my readers know, Blue Diamond almonds was kind enough to give out lots of samples at Fitbloggin ‘13 and they *did* send me a box of dark chocolate samples because I was so sad that they ran out at the conference! How sweet are they? However, they did not request in any way that I talk about or review them. I just like them so much and feel that they are so kind, that I wanted to share how much I really do love almonds.
Have you guys had their toasted coconut ones? Wow, if you want a healthy tropical getaway in your mouth, go get a sleeve of them and enjoy guilt free!!
I also have been known to pick up a sleeve or two of their Mocha Cappuccino at the gas station when I want a pick me ‘up, they actually work, plus they fill my tummy 🙂
Other items that I substitute in for snacks are:
2 Babybel cheese rounds instead of the 1 string cheese.
3-4 Graham cracker squares and a single serving of regular chocolate pudding
Goldfish crackers and Cheez It snack bags as my cracker choices
Oooh and …. 2 Oreo Cookies and a single serving yogurt
Yes, yes…things that are sweet are okay and if you know that you can always have them and that nothing is bad….its easy to build up automatic moderation.
I actually haven’t had Oreos for a few months now, not because they are “bad” but I know I can have them anytime and I’ve developed more of a taste for cheese, crackers, yogurt and nuts!!
There is also another cookie that I love to have, its super filling, mouth-wateringly tasty and I also was introduced to it at Fitbloggin!!
Have you tried Lenny & Larry’s complete cookies?
There are lots of flavors, my absolute favorite is Pumpkin!!! But double chocolate is fantastic as well 🙂
They are not “diet” cookies but much healthier and filling than a store bought cookie!! Scrumptious!!
Lovely Alyssa was representing Lenny & Larry’s at Fitbloggin’ 13 and sent me cookies to sample. She did not request or require any reviews or postings from me, I just love them that much!
I hope you guys get some ideas about yummy and easy snacking! Its important to eat every 2-3 hours to keep our blood sugar stable. Going too long between meals and snacks drops your blood sugar and then you just want to maw down anything you can get your hands on…which is not good! Keep ahead of blood sugar spikes and valleys by keeping your eating regular and healthy!!