Many of my clients will ask about healthy snack ideas because so many of the “grab and go” type foods are laden with preservatives, additives, and fat. Hmmm, what do I “grab” when I’m off and running with my family? A good rule of thumb is to always have a small amount of protein within the snack. This will give you a bit more energy and satiety so you are not grabbing for another snack a half hour later. This will also help your blood sugars stay balanced rather than go up and down after your snack. My other rule of thumb is to have color with the snack. So think: color + protein = snack time!
Here are a few of my favorite healthy snacks.
*Apple and almond butter
*Celery and natural peanut butter
*Carrots and hummus
*Larabar (regular grocery store, health isle)
*Mrs. Mays Trio Bar (regular grocery store or buy in bulk at Costco/Sams, etc.)
*Fruit and cottage cheese
*Apple and string cheese
*Pear and laughing cow cheese
*Smoothie (made of plain yogurt and any fruit you like)
*Apricots and almonds in a small bag
*Frozen blueberries in plain yogurt