Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Smart Snacking

Smart Snacking

Although most of my social media posts and many of my blog posts feature food that may be unhealthy, that isn't my way of life 24/7. What I have yet to share in any of my posts is the fact that during the week I strive to maintain a clean diet and then, I reward myself on the weekends. This is not to say that I don't ever have a few slip ups during the week. I take my lunch most every day, rarely going out for the sake saving myself from making unhealthy choices. 

Twice a day, at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, I find myself reaching for a snack to hold me over before lunch and also a little something to get me through my evening workout. For the most part, I try to go for something healthy.  Let’s be real, eating unhealthy food before the gym makes for a tough workout. I tend to fall into routines where I will eat the same thing for a month or two, get tired of it and move on to something else.  For that reason, I enjoy discovering new snacks and quick recipes that are convenient to take to work. 

Below are a few of my current go-to snacks, for the moment anyway. What are some of your favorite things to nibble on in between meals?

Breakstone's Lowfat Cottage Cheese is a great snack before the gym. It's not too heavy, but is filling enough to give provide the necessary energy to get through a workout. Sometimes I mix it with fresh sliced peaches for added flavor and sweetness. 
Okay, I have a serious confession about these Zesty Ranch Garden Veggie Straws, I think I became a bit obsessed for a little while there. I had to stop buying them, because let's just say I was eating way more than the suggested serving size. However, a serving size is 38 straws, which is actually a good bit. I had no self control. So far I've found the best deal on these at Walmart. You can get a 16 oz bag for just $4.98.


I don't think I will ever get tired of eating hummus. I enjoy the flavored hummus, specifically the Sabra Sun Dried Tomato.  I either dip pretzels in it or cucumbers, depending on the amount of carbs I'm willing to consume. 


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If you haven't noticed from my list by now, I crave crunchy things. These Simply 7 BBQ Quinoa Chipssatisfy that craving, plus there are 8 grams of protein in one serving. 

These Emerald Chocolate Cocoa Roast Almonds are so good! They come in the perfect snack size pouch, and are only 100 calories.  There is a perfect hint of sweet from the dark chocolate, there are just enough in the bag to nibble on for a mid-morning snack and they are great to just throw in your purse when you're on the go. 



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