The most snack-tastic post!
I say “I’m not much of a snacker,” but after putting this together I think I need to rephrase that. I’m not one to nibble all day long – I need a real meal in my stomach to fill it up. But rarely a day goes by when I don’t need some kind of snack to get me from lunch to dinner. The way my body works, I often go from breakfast –> lunch without putting a single thing in my mouth. But when mid-afternoon rolls around, I almost always need something.
On days when I exercise more or have a later dinner planned, I need something more substantial like yogurt with fruit and crunch or a tasting plate of nuts, fruit, cheese or a big smoothie. Other days I can get by with a small handful of roasted almonds or a solo apple. That’s always easier for me to do when I know dinner is just around the corner!
I have evening snacks (aka desserts) a few times a week. I try my hardest to make sure I need something (more than a taste of dark chocolate) and often go to a small mug of cereal + milk. It always hits the spot. Other times it’s hot tea with milk, maybe some yogurt with a fun crunchy topping or a banana mashed nut butter.
My goal with snacks is always to pair a carbohydrate with protein and/or fat for ultimate satiety.
Here is a showcase of some of my favorite combinations:
Peach – roasted almonds – trail mix
Cottage cheese – blueberries – granola
Cheese stick – watermelon
Plain ole trail mix
Green smoothie [Often 1 cup milk, 1 banana, 2 handfuls spinach]
Cottage cheese – blackberries – graham cracker
Trail mix – chocolate sunflower seeds – cherries
Gina’s Pumpkin Amazeballs [I store them in the freezer and thaw in the microwave for 10 seconds]
Pear – trail mix
Grapes – cheese – roasted/salted almonds
Cereal – milk
Homemade Maple Sesame Almonds
Toast with nut butter
Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars [KERF’s second most famous recipe! I bake these and freeze them too]
Yogurt with whole wheat muffin crumbles
If you have a juicer [or a nearby juice bar] – fresh vegetable juice!
Simple oatmeal made with milk and a spoon of nut butter [Best in the winter. I used to have this for a snack everyday when I worked in an office!]
Carrots – nut butter
Pumpkin – ricotta – flax – spices heated in microwave
Shout out to eggs!
Hard boiled with salt + pepper – fruit on the side
Grapes – cheese – animal crackers
Berry smoothie [1 cup milk, half banana, 1 cup frozen berries]
Fruit – bread – cheese [This was a lunch, actually, but great snack in a smaller portion]
Hummus and veg [I admit I never eat this and should more!]
Emily’s Coconut Energy Date Bites [Also great from the freezer!]
Date bite paired with apple
Cville Cluster Granola by the handful!! [Portion control….]
Yogurt with crumbled granola bar
AnneP’s 5 Minute No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars [which I love to make with sunbutter and turn into balls!]
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