Can snacking be a part of a healthy diet? Of course! When you choose a snack, choose one with protein, fat and/or fiber. All of these nutrients take longer to digest, so they fill you up. Snacks are also a great way to add extra nutrition to your day. Think of snacks like carrots and hummus, an apple with almond butter or whole-grain crackers with cheese.
Smoothie recipes with yogurt tend to be richer and creamier than ones made without it, and that’s precisely what you’ll find in this powerful pink smoothie. Whole milk Greek yogurt adds a dose of thickness, a bit of tang, and a lot of filling protein. The pomegranate juice and grapefruits are bright and invigorating. A little honey helps round out the juices’ bitter edges.
Snacking helps prevent the dips in blood sugar that can make you famished. But in order to avoid overindulging, you need to control cravings. So make sure you are getting all the elements of a satisfying meal: healthy carbs, a touch of lip-smacking fat, and the linchpin — protein. If you switch out snacks (which is fine), don't replace the nuts and dairy with more sugary treats.
With a bit of prep work, smoothies make for great quick and healthy breakfasts every morning. Wash, chop, and freeze all ingredients in “smoothie packs,” or baggies pre-measured for just one smoothie. Put anything that doesn’t go into a freezer (like the milk or leafy greens) into a glass jar or baggie in the fridge. Then, dump everything into your blender, and let it go to work. You can sip while you dress, or take it with you in a lidded container.
Before you reach for another cup of coffee or some packaged “energy” drink, stop to think about what you’re doing and check out 25 Energy-Packed Snack Balls That Will Jump-Start Your Day. Extra caffeine from coffee, soda and those “energy” drinks will just leave you jittery, and that’s not real energy. What about that mid-afternoon candy bar? All that refined sugar will just pick you up and make you crash soon after. When you feel like you need some refueling, reach for a power-packed snack ball instead. Snack balls are healthy snacks with just the right ingredients to boost your energy, and they won’t make you crash later. Snack balls are a perfect size – just a bite or two – to fuel you up without weighing you down.
My all-time favourite cracker and quite possibly one of the top 3 recipes so far in 2012. Endurance Crackers are extremely light and crispy while providing long-lasting energy. They are also vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, sugar-free, and oil-free to boot. Feel free to change up the seasonings and spices as you wish (see the comments in the original post for some ideas) and serve with protein-packed hummus for a snack that will fuel you for the long haul. Man, I wish I had some right now!
Just my two cents: roasted chick peas are awesome (but not too many if you have a board meeting the next day – they are a form of beans after all), hummus and guacamole are great for veggie dips, and air popped popcorn is delicious in moderation. But I question the Cliff Bars. 28g of sugar! I prefer Pure Protein bars which aren’t vegan, just vegetarian, but only have 6g per bar and 200 calories. Peanut butter crunch is the best.
This colorful creation makes for a festive appetizer or a delicious bite-sized snack. Thanks to the zucchini base, they're loaded with vitamin A, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, calcium, and protein, just to name a few of its many nutrients. Plus the sun-dried tomato adds a dose of vitamin, iron, and antioxidants. While the goat cheese adds a boost of protein to keep you feeling full and satisfied longer.