Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Smart Snacking

Monday: Barre3 (30 mins)
Tuesday: (AM workout) Barre3 (30 mins) + (Lunch time) 30 mins walking the dog + (PM workout) 4 mile tempo run

I am notorious for eating constantly. I like to call myself a snacker. A large part of why I snack throughout the day is because I also have low blood sugar. Food is always on my mind, because it kind of has to be. If I don't pay attention to how long it's been between snacks, my blood sugar could drop and that would be all sorts of bad news. So choosing healthy snacks that will keep my blood sugar at a healthy level is extremely important.

When I plan my snacks out for the day, I keep these components in mind:

* Choose snacks that are close to 100 calories total
* Healthy fats that allows me to feel satiated
 * Healthy/lean protein that curbs hunger
 * Contains natural sugar to keep blood sugar level at bay 
* Fiber content that takes longer to digest

Here are 10 of my favorite snack combinations:

1. Apples + Organic Peanut Butter
2. 1/2 of an apple + Light Baby Bell Cheese (or a Light String Cheese)
3. Carrots & Bell Peppers cut into strips + Trader Joes Mediterranean Hummus 
4. 12 oz of Chocolate Almond Milk + 1 Banana
6. 1 cup Greek Yogurt + chia seeds + drizzled honey + fresh fruit (cut up and mixed) and a tbs of slivered almonds
7. Trader Joes Quinoa & Black Bean Tortilla Chips (handful) + 1/2 cup of Salsa
8.  1 cup Greek yogurt + Kashi GO LEAN Crunch cereal 
9. 1 cup of trail mix (my favorite: dark chocolate pieces, almonds, walnuts, dried cranberries & pretzels) 
10. 12oz Protein Shake
(This is not a sponsored post, I just really, really like Kashi and Trader Joe products.) :) 

What are your go-to snacks?

1 comment:

  1. Apples and cheese - YUM! Greek yogurt fruit and honey - YUM! I love these for snacks!