As you probably know by now, I love to eat, so you can bet that I take my snack foods as seriously as my meals. Here are 5 of my favorite healthy snacks (it was hard to choose just 5) that are great options to enjoy between meals when you are needed a little boost.
This is an old school classic but still one of my favorites. Celery and almond butter work magic together in this snack, giving us so much of what we need during a busy day. Celery helps to hydrate the body, providing us with fiber that supports healthy digestion, helping to keep our digestive tract clean and happy. Almond butter gives us the fat and protein we need to fill us up and give us energy, keeping us feeling good (and satiated) until our next meal. This snack is easiest made at home, but if you are on the run or can’t keep a jar of almond butter at work, check out these great travel packs of almond butter, cashew butter and walnut butter – bring one of these on the road with you along with some celery sticks and you can enjoy this snack wherever you are!
Do you think I would miss an opportunity to get some greens in during the day? Not a chance. In my opinion, smoothies make the perfect snack because we can take in some luscious greens, nutritious fruits and healing superfoods while also enjoying a tasty drink!
Recently, I have been really digging this simple yet affective combo:
1 teaspoon spirulina
¼ cup frozen pineapple
½ a banana
½ cup unsweetened almond milk (or a homemade nut milk)
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
A few ice cubes
Water to blend
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
If you don’t have the time or equipment to make your own smoothies or juices during the day, you can make an extra batch in the morning and bring the extras along with you, or you can visit a health food store during your lunch break to grab something there. Most health food stores will make smoothies and juices to order, and if not, there are usually some great pre-packaged green juices available.
When none of the above is available, simply grab a powdered greens packet and mix it with some water/nut milk/raw coconut water to get your greens in on the go!
Handful of nuts
Nuts and seeds are one of the easiest foods to carry around, which makes them one of my favorite snacks. They provide us with protein, healthy fats and a combination of essential minerals, and can be mixed in whatever way suits your personal preferences. Some of my favorites are almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, brazil nuts, and hazelnuts. For added flavor, add a few goji berries and/or a sprinkle of raw cacao nibs.
Too much of a good thing is definitely true for nuts, so remember to keep the quantity small (think of a small handful as a serving), and always try to purchase your nuts raw (un-roasted) and unsalted.
I have been REALLY digging this recipe – I first tried chia pudding with coconut milk at Dr Lipmans office, and have since made my own version (it’s the perfect snack to have around when that sweet tooth kicks in).
Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding (serves 4)
1 can coconut milk (I prefer this organic and BPA free brand)
4 tablespoons chia seeds
3 tablespoons raw cacao
1 tablespoon raw maca
1 teaspoon cinnamon
A dash of sea salt
½ teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon maple syrup (or a little more for additional sweetness)
Mix all ingredients in a blender then pour into a jar/container, cover, and let sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. This pudding actually gets better with time (it thickens) so feel free to enjoy it over the course of a few days.
And if you want to get fancy, sprinkle a little unsweetened shredded coconut on top before you enjoy.
½ an avocado with a sprinkle of sea salt
Avocados are the best, and their combination of healthy fat, fiber and nutrients make them an ideal mid-day snack. Want to keep it simple? Eat an avocado right out of its skin – all you need is a spoon! You can also slice and dice your avocado in whatever way you wish, sprinkle it with sea salt, and maybe even add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Need something a little more filling? Mash the avocado on a piece of Ezekiel toast or gluten free bread.
Have a healthy snack that you just can’t live without? I would love to hear about it, so share it with me in the comments!
with love and healthy snacking,