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Back to School Snacks

Back to School Season is HERE and I know the aisles are full of all the best snacks, treats, and even Halloween candy already (𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘴𝘰𝘰𝘯). ⁣
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One of the biggest downfalls I see amongst my clients is not their actual meals, but rather the snack choices they’re making throughout the day. ⁣
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That being said, I wanted to come up with a list of some healthy back to school, work or even work from home snacks to look out for. ⁣
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Try your best to be sure you’re balancing your snacks with a carbohydrate source, protein, and/or healthy fat. Carb heavy snacks alone will simply spike up your blood sugar and leave you reaching for more sugar shortly after. ⁣
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Also, if you’re someone who struggles with portion control or find yourself munching from the bag, try to pre-portion out your servings as soon as you bring the box home so you’re less likely to overdo it. ⁣
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Take a pick from the protein list, healthy fat list, and carbohydrate list and you have yourself a healthy balanced snack. ⁣
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You can download a PDF with some of my favorites here.
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Here are some Mix & Match Examples: ⁣

  • Rice Thins with Hummus & Veggies
  • Cottage Cheese with Siete Cinnamon Churro Chips & Fruit
  • Apple Slices with Natural Peanut Butter & Cinnamon
  • Rice Thins with Cottage Cheese & Cherry Tomatoes
  • Snackable Veggies with Hummus and/or Avocado
  • Greek Yogurt with Flaxseed & Fruit
  • Adult Lunchable: Simple Mill’s Crackers, Chomps Stick, & Organic Cheddar
  • Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt with Apple Dippers (Recipe coming soon)
  • Cinnamon Roasted Apples with Greek Yogurt, Cinnamon & Sliced Almonds

Also, I know it can be tricky to know what to look for on ingredient labels. My general rule of thumb is the fewer the ingredients, and the more recognizable the better. ⁣
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Ideally try to steer clear of options with added sugars, inflammatory oils (𝘴𝘰𝘺𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘯, 𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘯, 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘭𝘢, 𝘴𝘶𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳, 𝘴𝘢𝘧𝘧𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳, & 𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘪𝘭𝘴), and processed soy. ⁣
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What’s your go-to snack?! ⁣

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Nighttime Snacking

Who struggles with Nighttime Snacking?!!! Here’s the deal…eating at night is NOT a bad thing, but it often can lead to OVEReating if not done right, or if done more out of habit than actual hunger.
 
I know for me this has ALWAYS been a struggle BUT along the way, I’ve developed some tricks that work best for me…
 
Here are some:
1. Drink lots of Water or Sip on Tea (Cinnamon is my fave!)
2. Factor a nighttime snack into your daily calories or portions! This way you won’t do any damage, by adding in a snack at night…you just gotta plan for it!
3. Change up your routine and keep busy. I like to get my workout in at night, and avoid boredom at all costs!
4. Load up on protein and fiber… it’s more filling and if you choose a caesin protein it will slowly digest at night and help with muscle recovery and repair! I love the Performance line recharge, but even plain Greek yogurt will do the trick!
 
What are some of your tricks to avoid the snack monster?!
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Healthy Clean Eating Snacks

It can be easy to get stuck in a rut with healthy foods, and reach for the not so great choices instead.

I personally have never been a fan of crunching on carrots and celery sticks but still like to keep my snacks as healthy as possible, so I’ve gotten creative about coming up with healthy options to snack on!

I wanted to share some of my favorites. These are staples to prevent me from getting overly hungry and indulging in the not so great stuff. I also like to always be sure to have a healthy snack on hand when I’m on the go!

I prefer to eat smaller meals throughout the day so like to think of my snacks as healthy “mini meals” and usually have 2-3 a day, in addition to regular smaller meals.

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First up, my favorite bars! I am a huge fan of Quest Bars on the go! I also make my own protein muffins to grab and go when I want extra protein. DSCN2620

Chia Pudding, Greek Yogurt, and Cottage cheese are all options when I want something cold! I like to go for plain Greek yogurt and add stevia, cinnamon, and fresh fruit, or I make chia seed pudding by letting chia seeds, unsweetened almond milk, and cinnamon soak overnight. IMG_6726

 

 

Protein mug cakes are a great option if you’re home and craving something sweet! Here’s one of my favorites.

Shakeology is a go-to snack once a day for me, but I like to think outside the box, sometimes I’ll make a smoothie but I also love to make a pudding with just enough almond milk to thicken it or even these chocolate ShakeO bites when I want something sweet!

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Lastly you don’t need to go crazy! Simple whole, clean foods that make great options are things like hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruit and veggies, brown rice cakes or crackers, turkey slices, or grilled chicken.

Now it’s your turn!

Comment below with a picture of one of YOUR healthy snacks today! Can’t wait to see what YOUR choices are! =)