The importance of snacking

I am a full-blown grazer. I can’t eat large quantities of food at one time without feeling ill, so I eat lots of little amounts spread evenly throughout the day. I HEAR this is actually a good habit to have. I confirmed this rumor by taking a look at this Huffington Post article on the matter. Depending on the time of year, my current routine and what day of the week it is, my snacks will change. I try to avoid processed snacks (though I did unfortunately inhale some Wheat Thins in a pinch this afternoon). Here are some of my current favorite snacks.

1. Yogurt – always a big hit with me, I eat it EVERY day of the week. Greek, plain, vanilla, flavored, I’m in. I am a big Chobani person, and used to relish my 11:00am Chobani-time every morning, never knowing which delightful fruity flavor I would open (Dan packs my lunch). But, we are trying to be as frugal as possible, so those times have changed a bit. I’ve gone from individually wrapped goodness, to the BIG containers (less expensive, but only come in Plain and Vanilla that I’ve found), to now … making my own yogurt. Yes – that happened. But more on that later.

2. Fruit of all shapes and sizes. My favorites are apples, pears, bananas and tangerines. If it’s any of the first three, I’ll normally use it as an excuse to spread/slather peanut butter on top. If it’s freeze-dried (DEFINITELY love my Funky Monkey Snacks!), I mix it in with plain yogurt, and it adds terrific texture.

3. Kale chips. So quick, easy, delicious (and never store-bought). I just turn the oven on to 375 degrees, drizzle some olive oil and salt on top of my shredded kale leaves and then bake until crispy. Better than most brands of potato chips, if you ask me.

4. Veggies. Although kale is technically a veggie, this deserves a category of its own. Sliced up red/green bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, tomato slices with just a little bit of salt on them … the possibilities are endless. Also tastes good with hummus for dipping (or – Andrea makes a dip using Greek yogurt and a Ranch dressing packet!)

5. Almonds, trail mix, granola – these all go in kind of the same category for me because I consider them to be a bit more indulgent. They are heavier on calories (though still rich in necessary and wonderful components, like protein, healthy fats and the like), so I turn to these when I’m not as hungry. When I eat vegetables, I can eat virtually as many as I want (or as many as I brought with me) without making a dent in the calorie bank.

6. Cottage Cheese. Tastes great with pineapple, strawberries, peaches or by itself.

7. Turkey Rollups. Just take a few pieces of deli turkey and roll. Proceed to dip in a dollop of mustard and enjoy.

8. Oatmeal. Not the pre-packaged kind. Just buy a huge container of rolled oats and make as much as you want at any given time. Suggested mix-ins = peanut butter, honey, brown sugar, walnuts, fruits or maple syrup.

9. Bars. In a pinch – there are plenty of good options.

10. Popcorn – especially if you can find those adorable little individual bags. They make them in all sorts of flavors now too!

Any other good snacking suggestions I missed?

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3 thoughts on “The importance of snacking

  1. Roasted chickpeas! With a little cinnamon and a touch of maple… mmmm. Or spicy cayenne/srichicha! And hooray for a little protein kick.

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