If you are someone who requires snacks in between the meals, I strongly recommend you plan them out ahead of time, this way you will not be tempted to buy a snack with poor nutritional value and empty calories. Having a macronutrient-balanced snack (protein + carbohydrates + fat) allows for stable blood sugar levels throughout the day and therefore controls cravings for sugar filled foods.
Couple of things to remember:
Are you really hungry? Before you reach for a snack ask yourself if you are TRULY hungry or are you just bored? Believe it or not our brain screams “Hungry” even when it simply needs water! So have some water, wait 10-15 minutes and then if you are still hungry go have and have your healthy snack.Keep your snacks SMALL! Snack should not contain as many calories as a meal. I do not like counting calories, so I suggest you feed yourself just enough to satisfy the hunger without overeating. If you have a snack and feel tired and sleepy- YOU ATE TOO MUCH or you ate the wrong thing!
Here are some ideas for healthy macronutrient-balanced snacks for you to try:
- Guacamole with sliced cucumbers and carrots
- Hummus with zucchini slices, carrot sticks, cucumbers or cauliflower florets
- Sliced apples with almond butter
- Organic cheese cubes with grapes
- Strawberries with a nut butter of your choice (I love almond butter)
- Plain organic yogurt/Greek yogurt with sliced mango or berries of choice
- Celery sticks with almond or sunflower butter and raisins
- Homemade trail mix: RAW nuts of your choice (cashews, macademia nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts or Brazil nuts) + RAW pumpkin or sunflower seeds + Organic berries (cranberries, goji berries, mulberries, raisins etc)
- Sliced bell peppers, cucumbers and broccoli florets with organic ranch dressing
- Sliced hardboiled egg with gluten free seed crackers (such as Mary’s crackers)