You are what you eat, right? Green leafy vegetables, whole grains, lean protein. By now, we’ve been brow beaten enough to know what makes up healthy meals. However, for me, the biggest challenge isn’t pulling together a healthy meal, it’s snack time.
I eat all day. Literally. The key to maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and curbing the desire for unhealthy snacks, it’s important to ‘nosh’ periodically throughout the day. It also helps keep your energy level even, so you don’t crash after eating lunch.
So, what are some healthy snacks? I’m not a nutritionist, but I pay very close attention to nutrient content and glycemic load. So, I eat a LOT of of nuts, seeds, peanut butter and almond butter. I also make sure I pair my foods specifically so my blood sugar doesn’t spike and fall.
For example, if I am going to eat a vanilla greek yogurt, I make sure to add some berries and almonds, pecans or sunflower seeds.
If I’m really craving something ‘carb-y’ I always make sure I eat at least half an avocado. Avocados are really the perfect food. One avocado has 30 grams of fat (primarily monounsaturated or ‘good’ fat); 14 grams of fiber; 4 grams of protein; and tons of vitamins.
So, what’s in my proverbial snack drawer this week? Here you go:
- Dried green beans
- Whole grain pita chips
- Hummus (in the fridge actually)
- Dried peas
- Cocoa Somersaults
- Peanut butter with flax seed
- Almond butter
- Sunflower seeds
- Greek yogurt
- Gluten free granola
I also make sure I switch up my supplementary snacks to vary my nutrients. And, I’m always looking for more ideas.
This has been your random snack-filled blog post for the day.
So, what’s in your snack drawer?