My Favorite Healthy Snacks
I don’t know what’s harder – self-discipline or limiting exposure? Either way, they both suck and they’re unfortunately a part of my top 5 life struggles (among many others). Self-discipline involves a lot of… How do I say this? DISCIPLINE. It’s all about the ability to control temptations and overcome weaknesses. And while this is something we deal with in a lot of areas of our lives, I’m talking specifically about food. How do you limit your sweets? What does 5 grams of fat really look like? When is enough, enough? These are honest questions I ask myself time-to-time while I indulge into whatever delicious guilty pleasure I’m craving at the moment! And then there’s limiting exposure. How do you purposefully avoid the candy isle at the grocery store? Or better yet, shop on the outside to avoid trans-fats and high fructose. It’s all about knowing what’s good for you and of course balance. The key is and will always be balance.
The constant supply of sugary, trans fat loaded treats surrounding you on a day-to-day basis fights against most (if not all) of your will power. And what makes it even harder is living in a go, go, go society. We’re constantly on the go – to work, to school, to the gym, etc. So how do you avoid the junk and give your body what it really needs? I’ve talked to nutritionists, dietitians, fitness coaches, doctors, and healthy lifestyle bloggers and they all one way or another say, “keep it simple.” While not all fats are bad for you and it is important to have them, don’t forget about the carbs and protein!
The Top Five:
- Protein Bars
I’ll keep this short, sweet, and to the point. I try (key word here is try) to surround myself with these snacks whether it be at home, work or on the way to the gym. Again, being someone that has had heart failure, had a heart transplant, and battles with GSD (Glycogen Storage Disease) I find these snacks to be rather fulfilling and have amazing benefits!
Nuts & String Cheese
This always seems to be my go-to because it’s so easy to pack and is a great dose of nutrition to your daily diet. It’s low in carbs and the high protein will keep you satisfied until your next meal. Not to mention nuts (i.e. raw almonds and cashews) give your body good fats!
Being someone that has to maintain the amount of sugars I consume, I try to limit this snack. However, it does have a lot of healthy benefits and you get the most “bang for your buck” with this one. The key is to get them unsweetened because not only will they last longer, but also your body will thank you later! It’s a great go-to when you need a pick-me-up and it gives a significant amount of calories.
Cottage Cheese with Raspberries and Cinnamon
I’ll be completely honest; I only started eating cottage cheese because of its low calorie count and the idea that it’s healthy for you. Not a big cheesy (no pun intended) person, I wasn’t the biggest fan until I started experimenting with additives if you will. It’s extremely filling and will hold you over until your next meal.
Quest Nutrition Bars
If you’re someone that’s into macros more then calories, this ones for you! They’re great because they have a bunch of combinations and they are perfect for macro counters! Macro 101: A macro diet goes a step further than typical calorie counting. For it, you count the macronutrients—grams of proteins, carbs and fats—you’re eating within your calorie goal, and in what ratios. Counting macros can help you make smart food choices.
This one speaks for itself and if you didn’t eat them when you were younger now might be the time to. They’re extremely healthy for you and loaded with nutrients. I personally like them with hummus or by themselves. You can never go wrong with this one.
There are so many snacks you can eat but it’s important to make sure you’re eating the right ones. Again, take everything with a grain of salt and tweak things that fit your lifestyle. It’s all about trial and error when it comes to trying new things but think about your body when it comes to these – it’ll thank you later. Until next time…