I work from home. In other words, I am constantly no more than a few feet from my pantry and my fridge seems to always be calling my name. I suffer from CSD (constant snacking disorder) which, mind you, doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing.
Snacking between meals on clean foods which don’t overwhelm your body can actually boost your metabolism. Having delicious yet healthy eats on hand is vital if you’re trying to avoid having a starvation-induced junk food party. For all you munchers out there, here are a few of my favourite healthy snack ideas. Noshers, unite!
10 Healthy Snacks I Can’t Live Without
I don’t know what it is about Seasnax, but these things are addictive. I am particularly obsessed with the toasty onion flavor, and one package is a whopping 14 calories. They’re also low in sodium and they make a great chip/popcorn replacement at the movies!
2. Organic Brown Rice Cakes
This is another great little catch-all. Sometimes it’s just nice to have something crunchy to snack on, and these tasty buggers have zero sugar and are only 60 calories. I top my rice cakes with almond butter, fresh fruit, hummus, guacamole or tuna salad.
3. Fresh Veggies with Balsamic “Dip”
I make a “dip” with homemade balsamic reduction (very easy to make–Google it) but if you’re not in the mood to cook, just buy some at your local grocery store. Make the dip (see below) and pair with fresh carrots, cucumbers and celery–super yum!
To make the balsamic dip, simply combine:
- 1 Tbsp balsamic reduction
- 1 Tsp olive oil
- Juice from half a lemon
4. Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt
I’ve always loved Greek yogurt, but found it to be a bit of a bummer that there were so few organic brands. Stonyfield now makes an organic Greek yogurt that is sold in a 6-pack of mini containers, each of which are only 100 calories or less. (Comes in vanilla, honey and fruit flavors.)
5. Tuna Salad Lettuce Boats
My friend Jasmine made these for me one time, and I became obsessed. Simply mix up your favourite tuna salad recipe (I use albacore and mix with green onion, lemon juice, dijon mustard, spike seasoning and a pinch of mayo) and scoop into some romaine lettuce leaves. Add cucumber and tomato on the bottom of the lettuce cups if you’re feeling super fresh.
6. Hard-Boiled Eggs
These have become a staple in my fridge. When I’m starving and find myself heading for a box of cereal, the simplicity of hard boiled eggs saves the day. I pop out half of the yolk and add dijon mustard with a sprinkle of paprika–deliciousness under 80 calories.
Do beverages count as a snack? This all-natural zero calorie pop makes me feel like I’m having a junk food fiesta. I sneak it into the movies with me! (Shhh…)
8. Organic Almond Butter
Slather a couple tablespoons on some celery, sprouted toast or a brown rice cake. I love the taste and how it makes me feel like I’m indulging in something rich.
9. Cottage Cheese
It has taken me a while to warm up to cottage cheese, but now it’s my new best friend. A half a cup is about 110 calories, and this tasty protein-packed snack is delicious paired with fresh fruit, trail mix, cinnamon and raw honey, etc.
Feeling adventurous? Make your own cottage cheese!
Sometimes I just crave ice cream. Smoothies are especially great after a workout, and they give the satisfaction of something sweet and cold while refreshing you and offering good nutrients. Try this easy smoothie recipe:
- 1 Cup spinach
- 1/2 Cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 Frozen (very ripe) banana
- 3-5 Ice cubes
- 1-2 Tbsp unsweeted cocoa (to taste)
- 4-6 Oz water
Blend and enjoy!