Tuesday, July 12, 2011

healthy snack-attacks

i am a snacker.  and i eat several times throughout the day.  i find that if i go more than 3-4 hours (sometimes 2-3 hours) without food, my stomach starts rumbling, and i find my mind wandering toward "what can i eat?"

as i sit here with my cut up apple, munching away, i thought i'd share some of my all-time favorite (healthy) snacks with you. 


- fruit - my "go-tos" are apples, oranges and grapes, but i also love all the fresh berries that are available this time of year.  i just got some cherries that are to-die-for!

- yogurt - i love yogurt because you can dress it up so many different ways.  sometimes i top it with bananas, raisins and cinnamon, other times granola (or cereal) and pb.  anyway you make it, yogurt is yummy and super good for you.

- cheese & olives - lately i've been enjoying string cheese and olives.  this small savory snack is really satisfying.

- nuts - i personally adore pecans, though almonds are super good too.  for a sweet treat i mix a few tbsp of pecans with some raisins and a dash of cinnamon - eat it all together and it tastes like an oatmeal raisin cookie - no joke!

- hummus & crackers - this is a great option if you're craving something crunchy.  plus hummus comes in so many flavors & varieties, you're bound to find one that suits your fancy.  (also, try hummus with apples or carrot sticks for an even healthier version.)

me & my apple snack
so there you have it.  my list of go-to snacks.  but before i release you back into the snacking wilderness, there are a few other things to keep in mind.

portion control - because i eat/snack throughout the day, i am conscious of portion control.  i never sit down with the whole box of crackers and container of hummus.  instead, i plate up a small portion and then sit and enjoy it.

thirsty? - i am so guilty of this.  thinking i'm hungry when i'm actually thirsty.  keep hydrated and listen for your true hunger so that you don't overdo it.

slow it down - if you're going with small meals/snacks to satisfy you, it's really important to eat slowly and chew thoroughly.  if you rush through your mini-meals, they won't even register, and you'll just leave yourself feeling unsatisfied.  take your time to taste your food : )

so, mavens, what healthy, wholesome snacks do you love?

19 comments:

  1. I'm a huge snack lover! My favorite is greek yogurt with nut butter mixed in... and then cereal, fruit or sweet potatos with it! YUM!

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  2. I actually eat a lot of the same snacks as you do! Carrots, Celery, Hummus...FRUIT! Yogurt. Yummy. String cheese or regular cheeses.

    When I am feeling really naughty, a cheeze-it is my downfall....but so good!

    Your tips are spot on. Keep the portions small and don't sit with the box; mete out a serving!!

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  3. Great tips. I am guilty of overeating when I snack for sure... I just can't seem to put the box/bag down! I need to measure it out more often. I like fruit, crackers, cheese, yogurt, veggies and ranch, craisins, yogurt raisins, pretzels, etc.

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  4. What great suggestions! You know what I love...? Almonds, raisins, and sea salt!!!! Or walnuts/pecans.

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  5. Almonds are definitely my go-to snack when I'm at work! I always have a stash of almonds somewhere around my desk :)

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  6. Fun tips! I enjoy snacking on frozen grapes, or apples with a bit of peanut butter on them!

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  7. I am totally going to try the nuts/raisin/cinnamon suggestion. Olives and cheese is always great!! xo

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  9. I am a major chocoholic (what can I say, I grew up in Hershey), so I keep a container of dark cocoa roasted almonds in my desk drawer. I'll pour out a handful onto my desk and snack while I'm documenting my work. Satisfies the hunger AND my chocolate fix!

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  10. Great tips - no wonder you look so fab! I can eat any amount of fruit but I'm hopeless at drinking enough water. I don't let the kids drink juice as so full of sugar so we don't have it in the house. Hot water I do like and must drink more...

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  11. Great suggestions! I am exactly the same way! & I've found that we eat a lot of the same snacks. Extra string cheese & nuts for me!
    :)
    Love, Leigh

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  14. I'm a snacker too so thanks for the tips and ideas for snacking. I love to snack on nuts..but then stopping is always something I must remind myself because nuts are so addictive!

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  15. I am an evening snacker. Often times I am so busy during the day that I don't really think about eating so I am so hungry when I get home from work. I am trying to work on this.

    I love snacking on fresh fruit and light string cheese.

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  16. I love love cheese, grapes, and hummus. Goat cheese is my absolute favorite, but I can eat feta and sharp white cheddar alone and feel just fine about it. I just wish grapes weren't so stinkin' expensive...

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