Happy humpday everyone! To all you snack lovers out there, we’re here for you today! We bring to you our favorite healthy snacks.
We aren’t huge snackers throughout the day, but that’s likely because we don’t keep snacks in the house. Matt has close to no self control, making all the healthy snacks unhealthy with the portion sizes he allows himself. This means we have very few snacks on hand.
This hasn’t stopped us from trying to figure out which healthy snacks help best to curb our appetites and help us not to be tempted to binge eat. Especially lately with intermittent fasting, we’ve found that having some snacks on hand makes a huge difference in preventing a hangry blow out fight and keeping us full enough to stop the urge to eat everything in sight.
We know eating healthy isn’t always easy and the best excuse is that eating healthy is boring. Yet again, we’re here to prove that’s not true. There are endless amounts of options that could suit your needs. Are you a sweet person or a savory person? Lucky for you, we’re a mix of both so the snacks that we share will be all encompassing. Without further adieu here are our top six snack options!
1 .PopCorners – This is one of Tiffany’s favorite snacks that she’s now gotten Matt hooked on. Right now, we’ve been loving the Spicy Queso flavor but we also love the White Cheddar flavor. They’re crunchy and flavorful like Doritos, but healthier! At 18g carbs, 5g of fat, and 2g of protein for about 17 chips, you can almost eat double the amount of Popcorners as compared to Doritos (a serving size of Doritos is 11 chips and who really only eats that few??).
2. Yogurt – A mix of protein and probiotics, this is our go to for a late night snack. We are fans of Chobani and Fage as well as a few other name brands but our go to is Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt from Wegmans. This has 15g of protein, 5g of carbs and 0g of fat per 3/4 cup serving. We have gone back and forth whether or not we like higher or lower fat for yogurt but we are content with the low fat for now. We cut down on calories so we don’t feel bad adding some frozen fruit, honey, and 85% or above dark chocolate on top. This keeps you nice and full before going to sleep.
3. Chia seeds – This is a newer recipe we have found that is very easy to put together. We combine chia seeds with vanilla almond milk in portable containers and let it soak overnight. We then give it a good stir in the morning because the seeds stick to the bottom, add some frozen berries, and then we enjoy for a late afternoon snack! Eating chia seeds have been fun to incorporate into our diets for a few reasons. They’re a texture that we aren’t used to, there are so many different ways to prepare them, and they’re easy. We use 1/8 cup mixed with 3/4 cup milk, Per serving, chia seeds have around 6g of fat, 8g of carb, and 3g of protein. It’s not a huge snack but it helps with the afternoon slump and sweet tooth.
4. Fruit – Hold up, they’re telling us to eat fruit? Isn’t that just chalk full of carbs though?? Who cares is our answer! Fruit helps to curb a sweet tooth and may prevent the binge of candy. They also contain many essential nutrients that you wouldn’t otherwise get in the foods you’re eating. One of the great things with fruit is there are so many options. Lately, Matt has been trying out new fruits from Wegman’s and it’s been cool to see what types of fruits we havent tried before. Last was a Kiwano Horned Melon, a mix between kiwi and cucumber. We weren’t huge fans but it was fun to try. So eat your fruit people, it’s not bad for you!
5. Smoothies – This is one of Matt’s daily snacks and one that Tiffany is trying to get back into. We use almond milk, some kind of protein, and frozen berries. Blend on up in a few seconds and it is a great treat. This helps to stave off a sweet tooth as well as get some extra protein in. Probably one of the easiest snacks to make and nearly endless combinations of fruits make this a stable we want to experiment around with more.
6. Hummus and veggies – Something that we always have in our fridge is vegetables and a big container of hummus. Right now, it’s garlic hummus, but we don’t discriminate. Hummus tends to get a bad rap because it’s higher in fats but we’re in the mindset of who cares. You shouldn’t be afraid to eat fats. As we’ve talked about previously (seen here) we eat a lower carb, higher fat diet, so this snack is on constant repeat for us.
7. BONUS – Ice Cream – Last but certainly not least, ice cream! A fan favorite. Social media does a good job nowadays showing us all the best healthy ice cream brands out there. And we’re the first ones who head to the grocery store to try them out. Our two healthier favorites are Halo Top and Enlightened Ice Cream. As is the case with most healthy alternatives, the best part about this ice cream is the portion sizes. Most flavors are within the range of 14-20g of carbs per ½ cup serving. This compares to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream that clocks in at at least 30g of carbs per ½ cup serving. We can easily have 1 or 2 servings of these healthier alternatives without feeling guilty. Top it off with a bit of whip cream and you have the perfect treat!
We hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about our favorite healthy snacks and hope you’re even inspired to eat healthier snacks! It’s important to realize that eating healthy isn’t hard. It can actually be easier than eating poorly if you just take the time to buy the right things.