A snickity snack. A mid-day nom. A tid bit to tide you through. A morsel make your stomach stop grumbling. We all need them, whether it be the mid-morning munchies, the mid-afternoon hump, the pre-workout pump up, or the post-workout recovery. Some equate “snacks” with diet mishaps, a bingeful bag of chips gone in one sitting. Snacks are not diet disasters; in fact, they are essential to staying on track with your healthy lifestyle. However, choosing healthy snacks is crucial for keeping these mini-meals from turning into mishaps full of wasted calories, waistful calories. Snacks can be an excellent opportunity to fit some extra protein into your day or to squeeze in another serving of fruits and vegetables. Today I’ll be sharing with you some of my favorite healthy snacks!
Step one, cover everything in almond butter
Celery with almond butter and raisins (or dried blueberries, cherries, etc). Although, most of you know my hatred for celery.
Step two, cover everything in hummus
– Baby carrots with hummus
– Celery with hummus
– Raw broccoli and cauliflower with hummus
– Sugar snap peas with hummus
– Cherry tomatoes with hummus
– Gluten free or whole grain crackers with hummus
– Gluten free or whole grain pretzels with hummus
Step three, get fruity
Fresh fruit cup. This is one of my work lunch favorites, and it makes a great dessert. I’ll cut up an apple and some strawberries and toss with some blueberries, raspberries, and whatever else I may have on hand (some sliced banana, peaches, kiwi, etc). Usually I eat it plain, or you can top it with some granola.
Fruit parfait- choose your desired vegan yogurt (in my opinion, soy is the best tasting out of soy, almond, and coconut) or Greek yogurt if you are not dairy free. If you can, choose Greek yogurt with minimal additives and sugars, as Greek yogurt contains much higher amounts of protein and beneficials probiotics. Top yogurt with your favorite add-ons: fresh cut fruit, nuts, gluten-free granola, vegan chocolate chips… whatever tickles your fancy!
Fruit protein smoothie: see my classic smoothie recipe here. Choose your favorite frozen fruits, toss in a banana, sprinkle a scoop of plant-based vegan protein powder (Plant Fusion is my favorite), add some organic 100% apple juice, and blend.
Step Four, get salty and savory
Chocolate Almond Butter Cookie Smoothie (recipe here): almond butter, almond milk, a banana, some cookies and cream vegan protein powder and you’ve got yourself a sweet and savory protein smoothie. Need an extra kick? Add some coffee to turn this into a mocha frappuccino with a protein punch.
Protein bars/granola bars: Out of all the gluten-free, vegan protein bars out there right now, my favorite is probably the Strong and Kind bar. They taste delicious, have a short (and pronounceable) list of ingredients, and have only 6g of sugar and 230 calories for 10g of protein (whereas other protein bars have upwards of 17-20g of sugar and a laundry list of less-than-basic ingredients). I also like the Pro Bar Core bars (review here) and the Bonk Breakers (review here).
Trail mix: Trail mix is probably my favorite snack right now, especially for a protein boost before my afternoon workout. My current mix includes: almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, sunflower seeds, gluten free granola, raisins, dried blueberries, dried plums, dried apples, and vegan chocolate chips.
These are a few of my favorite things… let me know what your favorite healthy gluten-free, vegan snack is! ❤ Nika