So, a couple weekends ago I started brainstorming healthy snack ideas and took it upon myself to make sure we had lots of them on hand for him to munch on!
A few notes about snacks:
- Don’t go overboard. It’s supposed to be a snack (a mini-meal), not a full-sized meal.
- Choose real food whenever possible – homemade options are great!
- Always include protein. Pair a few things from the list below together to make sure you’re always getting a balanced snack!
- Tuna Quinoa Cakes – You can also make these with salmon, or probably even chicken if you used a food processor to chop it up. I often make a double batch because they’re a great post-workout snack!
- Sweet Potato Bites – Experiment with mix-ins to find your favorite!
- Fruit + nut butter – Hubby likes apples but you could also try dates, bananas etc.
- Edamame – A great vegetarian source of protein. Buy it frozen and pre-shelled so all you have to do is heat it up!
- Nuts + seeds (or trailmix) – Grab a small handful of nuts – almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, etc or seeds – pumpkin, sunflower etc….or make a batch of homemade trailmix if you like variety- a mix of nuts and seeds with other add-ins like dried fruit, roasted chickpeas, cereal.
- Cottage cheese – Mix with fruit to add sweetness or pair with tomato slices and black pepper like hubby does.
- Yogurt – Look for lower sugar options (like Siggi’s) or choose a Greek variety for extra protein. Try making a parfait – plain yogurt mixed or layered with a little granola or fruit for sweetness.
- Cheese – Stick to just an ounce or two – eat it sliced with crackers or try string cheese for a grab-and-go option.
- Veggies + hummus – I always try to have carrots and broccoli cut up to dip in hummus. Don’t like hummus? Try a different dip- maybe greek yogurt ranch or one made with black beans.
- Tuna salad – We love tuna salad on crackers, chips or cucumber slices for an easy snack. Don’t like tuna? Try it with salmon or chicken! Try my Curried Tuna Salad or Tuna Salad with Avocado to get started.
- Hard boiled eggs – Eat them plain, turn them into deviled eggs or add some hot sauce for a kick. Don’t forget you can “hard boil” a big batch in the oven on the weekend to have on hand.
- Sliced meat – Buy deli-style – (look for low-sodium) or make a Crockpot Rotisserie-Style Chicken to have extra meat on hand. Make half a sandwich and add avocado for some healthy fats.