When trying to lose weight or just eat healthier, snacking can sometimes be hard to figure out. I know when I was first starting my weightloss journey, back in 2009, it was hard to find healthy, easy snacks that I actually liked.
Today, I wanted to share my top 6 snacks. I thought this would help give some healthy alternatives instead of packaged items.
- An apple and almond butter or almonds (any kind of nuts will do)
Over the years this is my number 1 snack because it is so convenient. Don’t like apples? Grab a pear or a banana, any kind of fruit will work. It is whatever you like that helps to keep you on track.
I know what you are thinking, yes, these are packaged but if you read all the ingredients labeled on the back, they are all healthy and natural. Not to mention there is usually less than 5 ingredients total.
On a side note when buying packaged items I always read the label and try to only buy items that have 5 or less ingredients. This can be challenging at first but it is much healthier.
3. Plain greek yogurt with berries
This is one of those snacks that if you cannot stand plain greek yogurt then add organic raw honey or maple syrup to sweeten it up. My taste buds have become accustomed to the plain greek yogurt, so I don’t have a problem eating it. It is okay to sweeten food once in a while with “natural” sweeteners such as maple syrup or honey. I personally stay away from agave.
4. Sliced bell peppers with tuna
This snack is an easy way to get in protein and veggies. I used to hate, and I do mean hate, bell peppers. In the beginning of my journey I was constantly trying to eat foods I did not like in hopes of growing to like them. It worked because now I eat just about everything.
I challenge you to keep trying a food(s) you do not like. If you eat a small amount of it everyday for 21-30 days your taste buds will become accustom to it.
5. Carrots and hummus
For those of you who don’t know, hummus is a bean dip and is super easy to make at home. (Much cheaper too!) Hummus goes with any type of veggie and there are different flavors of hummus out there. Carrots are easy to buy a big bag and throw a handful in a snack bag for on the go.
6. String cheese and a pear
String cheese is a single serving ready to go, just grab any piece of fruit to go with it.
Many of the snack ideas listed above can be switched out for something else depending on preferences. For example, if you do not like bell peppers but like sugar snap peas then eat those with tuna. I like all of these ideas because they are healthy, easy, and affordable. My kids will eat all of these too. One of my kids’ favorite snacks, not listed above, is ants on a log. This kid approved snack includes, celery with peanut butter and raisins.
Losing weight or just trying to eat healthier does not have to be complicated. There are so many resources and ideas that are a click away. All it takes is a little planning.
I’d love to hear from you! What are your favorite snack ideas? Are any of the snacks listed above new to you?