See how much I love you guys?
And yes that’s a real photo. Don’t ask me how the toning-my-body portion of this Whole30 is going. 😉
Anyways, if you’re anything like me, then you’re a snack machine. I’m the first to admit that I’m always hungry, and I can’t function when my tummy is growling. Literally.
Can. Not. Think.
I’m one of those boring “come hell or high water three whole meals + two snacks a day” types. Plus extra “emergency” snacks in all of my bags JUST IN CASE. Needless to say I’ve thought about this whole snackage situation since joining the Paleo ranks.
I take these things very seriously.
- Almond butter and banana (my FAVORITE on the list.)
- Lara bars
- Pure bars (chocolate brownie is my fav)
- Sliced deli meat (turkey, roast beef)
- Hard boiled eggs
- Nuts and dried fruit trail mix
- Almonds and other assorted nuts
- Roasted pumpkin seeds (shout out to Meg for this idea!)
- Dates filled with almond butter
- Lara bars (most – check the label because some of the chocolate flavors contain dairy or peanuts)
- Fresh fruit
- Sweet potato (my other favorite on the list!)
- Fruit (berries, sliced banana) and nuts “cereal” in coconut milk
- Carrots dipped in avocado (or guacamole!)
- Protein shake, made with coconut/almond milk (double check that the protein powder is dairy/grain free)
- Roasted veggies
- A spoonful of almond butter 😉
I’ll admit, I’m starting to think my life has become a sad place when I add vegetables a deli meat to a list of snacks….. but I actually like them! And they fill you up, yo.
I am not a registered dietician by any means, but in my opinion the most ideal snack is made up of three components: carbohydrate, protein, and a bit of a healthy fat. In my illustrious eating career to date, these have proven to be the infrastructure of the very best snacks in terms of sustaining my energy and satisfying my hunger. I’d be willing to bet there’s some research to back that up, but I’m too lazy to check right now. In other words, an apple and sliced deli turkey, or a sweet potato drizzled in some almond butter. Does the trick every time!
Just be wary when nibbling on nuts – no peanuts, of course, and be careful of serving sizes. Don’t do like I did last week and inhale a jar of almonds in two days because you fail to realize that a serving is probs just one handful of almonds…. not twelve.
And a word about sweet potatoes – these badboys are nutrition powerhouses, and super easy to take along to work for a snack! Although they taste best in the oven, you can zap them in the microwave for 5-7 minutes and they’re perfect! I do this practically daily. Just be sure to fork the potato a few times and wrap in a paper towel!
If anyone has any other snack suggestions, share in the comments section please!!
Off to work… Happy Thursday!
SO, snack ideas? And are you a big snacker, or a square meal a day type of person?