Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Healthy Snack Ideas

I snack ALLLLL day long I swear! And while I am a total creature of habit and can literally eat the same thing everyday for weeks on end...I know you guys appreciate a little more variety! So I wanted to put together some ideas for ya!

The best part- they are EASYYYYY and don't require a lot of prep time!


Creamy Fruit Dip 

Ingredients:2 frozen bananas (if serving immediately, if not, use room temp)
3-4 tablespoons of milk or almond milk
1 heaping tablespoon nut butter (Take your pick! I love almond butter, cashew butter, I love em all!)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Dash of Lemon Juice if you plan on refrigerating

Throw ingredients into a food processor (or blender) and process until smooth. You may need to stop it and scrape the sides every min or so. This gets you about 3/4 of a cup.

Enjoy your dip with your fruit of choice! I love apple wedges because they are easy and freaking delicious. I used to only eat Granny Smith...but there are sooo many to choice from and they are all special and delicious in their own way =)

You can also try this Cinnamon Almond Fruit Dip!

Hummus

I am OBSESSED with all things hummus- it’s super easy to make or buy and it goes with practically every veggie known to man! Try Edamame Hummus! It's very high in protein and delish! Or try this Hummus Recipe 

My favorite flavor of store bought hummus is Whole Foods 
 
Check your labels people!! You should be able to read all of the ingredients!!


Apple & Nut Butter Sanwich
Apple & pb or almond butter sandwiches (Core your apple and then slice it into “rings” to make your sandwich- good old fashioned wedges are always good too!) 
Oh and guess what, if you want to make your own Peanut butter....you literally just put peanuts in your food processor...and process! It's like magic!! Who knew it was that easy?!?!

Homemade granola is REALLY easy to make and easy to take on the go! (Recipe here: FitSugar.com

Cottage cheese and strawberries- classic and delish! Easy!

Low fat tuna salad on a tomato in a lettuce wrap or with cucumbers!

Tuna Salad recipe
1 can tuna canned in water without salt
Lemon juice from 2 wedges
2 tsps olive oil
1/2 small onion diced (purple or red onion adds color)
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 tbsp chopped parsley
Salt and pepper

Directions
Open can of tuna, drain it, and place in a bowl.
Stir in lemon juice and olive oil.
Add bell pepper, onion, and parsley.
Salt and pepper to taste. 

Shakeology
I love my Shakeology because...it's easy, it's freaking amazing, the taste is out of this world, it makes me feel better and literally there are sooo many ways to make it you could try a new recipe everyday!

If you're always on the go, it comes in super convenient packets to just grab. Throw in a shaker cup and out the door you go! Or keep a bottle of water handy and you have a snack/meal on the run!

Make sure you keep a packet in your purse and if you're every in a crunch, no worries...you are prob within 15 steps of a Starbucks lol Ask them for a cup of water and ice! Boom!

No Excuses =)

No granted it's not some fancy cup or gorgeous presentation, but if it saves you from the McDonald's drive thru....I'll consider it an ENORMOUS win! 

I personally am ok mixing it with just water, but O.M.G when you mix it with milk or almond milk...HEAVEN!! Play with the amount of liquid you add- it totally changes the taste and consistency!

And you don't always have to drink it out of a boring cup! Somehow this makes it seems wayyyy more delicious!

Chocolate Shakeology

Tropical Smorgasbord Shakeology
1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 whole tangerine
1 banana
1/2 tsp coconut extract
Ice to desired thickness
Blend to perfection

Weight Watcher Points = 5

Gingerbread Man Shakeology
1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology
2 tsp. cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup skim milk
Blend to perfection


Vanilla Sweetie Shakeology
1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk
1 tsp honey
8 oz. frozen strawberries
1 tbsp peanut butter
8 pecan halves
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinammon
Blend to perfection
Mexican Chocolate Passion
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or almond milk)
Ice to desired thickness
Blend to perfection

Weight Watcher Points = 3

More Chocolate Recipes!


Greenberry Shakeology

Mango Zinger Shakeology
1/2 ripe mango
Juice of 1 lime
1 c. water
1 Scoop Greenberry Shakeology
Ice to desired thickness
Blend to perfection


Strawberry Peach Punch Shakeology
1/2 c. strawberries
1/2 c. peaches
1/2 c. water
1 Scoop Greenberry Shakeology
Ice to desired thickness
Blend to perfection

Weight Watcher Points = 5.5

Lemonana
3/4 c. organic lemonade
1/2 banana
1/4 c. rice milk
1 Scoop Greenberry Shakeology
Ice to desired thickness
Blend to perfection

Weight Watcher Points = 4

Blueberry Sunrise Shakeology
1 c. orange juice
1/2 c. frozen blueberries
1 Scoop Greenberry Shakeology
Ice to desired thickness
Blend to perfection
Add a few frozen berries after blended for a crunchy effect!

Weight Watcher Points = 6


Aaaaang guess what!?!? I'm going to have EVEN more recipes for you after Valentine's Day!!! The new TROPICAL flavor will be coming out! And guess what? It's VEGAN!!!! yayayayayyayay!!! 

More Ideas for ya!
  • Berries of any type (High in antioxidants)
  • Handful of Cashews (Not salted)
  • Small Bowl of Grapes
  • Handful of Almonds
  • Handful of Dried Fruit
  • Banana
  • Handful of Mixed Nuts
  • Boiled Egg
  • Tin Mackerel or Fish
  • Avocado & Tomatoes
  • Seeds & dried fruit
  • Greek yogurt with berries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
  • Oatmeal with flavored protein powder
  • Tuna with whole grain crackers
  • Romaine lettuce turkey wrap, with a little mustard
Tuna & Cheese!
Lightly toast one small slice of whole-grain bread. Cover its surface with two ounces of drained water-packed tuna and top with one tablespoon of shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted.

Cream Cheese & Fruit Wrap
Cut one large flaxseed tortilla in half. (Save the other half for your next snack attack.) In a small bowl, mash one-quarter cup of blueberries and sprinkle with cinnamon. Spread one tablespoon of low-fat cream cheese onto one half, then top with the blueberry mixture. Fold and enjoy.

Salad!
Have a quick, colorful salad: Toss three cups of baby spinach, 10 cherry tomatoes and one tablespoon of pine nuts with two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.

Quinoa
Mix a half-cup of cooked quinoa with one to two tablespoons of chopped, sautéed onion, one-quarter cup of canned lentils (drained and rinsed) and a dash of garlic powder. Add a pinch of chili powder for heat. Warm slightly in the microwave before eating and garnish with tomato slices, lemon and parsley (optional).

Need something sweet?
Plan for success with these ideas and avoid the ice cream sundae.
  • Try a baked apple with cinnamon
  • Sweet potato slices with pumpkin spice
  • A serving of dark chocolate with berries
  • Greek yogurt with honey
Do you have any favorite snacks??

1 comment :

  1. I read this blog earlier today and decided to try the homemade granola since my husband LOVVVVES granola. It was awesome! I did change it up a little bit and made it more simple since I didn't have all the ingredients:) I used honey instead of maple syrup, juice squeezed from 2 oranges, cinnamon, flaxseed, chia seeds, almonds and figs. TURNED OUT AWESOME :)

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