The Art of Snacking.

Snacking is dangerous.  So. So. Dangerous.  You can plan all your meals.  Drink all the water in the world.  Workout for hours and ruin it all by snacking.  Now don’t get me wrong, snacking is important if you do it right.  I’ve read numerous articles that recommend eating more smaller meals during the day, which in my opinion is a form of snacking.

I think the disconnect is when we snack on things that aren’t good for us.  Things like Cheez-Its (my favorite snack), chips, crackers or anything else that’s high in calorie and low in nutritional value.  After you eat a bag of Cheez-Its (250 calories), a bag of chips (160 calories, with no protein or fiber) or Pop-Tarts (420 Calories and a bunch of sugar), you could have basically eaten a whole meal or a bunch of healthier snacks.  And the truth is, most of these things don’t even make you full.  You’re probably still hungry or not satisfied after you have some of these.

I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to snack, just make better choices.  I’m all about replacing instead of removing.   Making gradual changes have the possibility of being more permanent than making multiple big changes.

I’ve come up with a list of a couple of snacks that can help you transition to making better snacking decisions.  Now remember, these are transition snacks.  They’re only here to help you get away from the extremely unhealthy foods.  Eventually, you’ll have to migrate away from these snacks as well in order to continue with your healthy living or weight loss journey.

  1. Greek Yogurt and Granola: This was my go to/pre-workout snack for a long time.  I love the strawberry banana Greek yogurt and the chocolate granola.  Now this snack was around 300 calories, but since it was high in protein (around 16g ) and high in carbs, I would use it as a pre-workout snack.
    Side note: Carbs are okay before you work out, just don’t over do it, I’ll go over the different kinds of carbs in another post, just don’t go around eating bread rolls and crackers, I’m not talking about those carbs)
  2. Fresh Fruit: Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits.  I could eat them all day.  If I get hungry throughout the day, I usually have some strawberries somewhere.  If I’m craving something sweet, I’ll lean towards grapes or bananas.  To my taste buds, they’re sweet and they satisfy my sweet tooth.
  3. Boiled Eggs: I like eggs (If your a ’90s baby, you should get that).  But seriously, I love eggs. They’re a good source of protein and they’re easy.  I’m not really a fan of cold eggs, so in the mornings I’ll just boil 2 eggs and throw them in my lunch box.  So whenever I get hungry, I’ll pop out an egg with some water.
  4. Halo Top Ice Cream: If  you’re like me, you like frozen sweet things.  When I want ice cream, I want ice cream.  There is no way around it and there is no substituting.  However I’ve found a gem.  The Halo Top birthday cake ice cream is everything to me.  There is always Halo Top in my house.  ALWAYS. It has around 280 calories for a whole pint.  I’m not the type to eat the whole thing at one time.  But still, 280 calories for all that ice cream, it’s a dream.  It also has 20g of protein in it which is a plus for me.  Why not get some protein in while you’re enjoying the gift a delicious frozen snack?

These are the snacks that can help you get used to making better decisions.  Some of these aren’t the healthiest but they’re moving in the right direction.  Once you starts being more conscious about what you’re putting in your body, you’ll naturally start making better decisions when it comes to things that you eat.

If you have any other snack ideas, don’t be afraid to let me know! Comment, send me an email, or contact me in any way! I’m open to trying new snacks.  I’m sure there are plenty of things I haven’t tried.

Be Blessed. Stay Focused.

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