I’ve read a few articles about weight loss (about 1 million actually) and some of them mention that snacking less is a great way to lose weight. I imagine they are talking about people who snack almost incessantly throughout the day, which are people I am not judging, because I LOVE snacking. I look forward to my 3pm snack time with childlike enthusiasm. I even get upset when I have a meeting during my snack time and have on occasion brought my snack to a meeting and proceeded to eat it anyway.
Snacks. Are. Everything.
But the articles I’ve read aren’t wrong; you can’t just snack all day long without putting any thought into it. I’ve discovered some pretty amazing healthy and easy (because if you haven’t read my post on meal prepping yet, I’m quite lazy) snacks. Try one of these the next time you’re hungry between meals!
1. Apple Peanut Butter Dip
This dip is one Pinterest recipe I pinned and ACTUALLY made. I’m glad I did because it’s incredibly good and quite addicting. All you need is Greek yogurt, peanut butter, honey, and an apple.
Mix equal parts Greek yogurt and peanut butter (I use vanilla yogurt and low sodium peanut butter) then add honey to taste, you won’t need much if you’re using vanilla yogurt. Mix it all together and dip apple slices in it. That’s it! Very filling, very delicious, very healthy.
WARNING: This is NOT as good with almond butter!!!! If you want the real experience, use peanut butter!
Here’s a horrible picture I took of it once:
2. “Cinnamon Toast Crunch”
It’s in quotations because while Cinnamon Toast Crunch is amazing, it’s not a healthy snack. My version is much healthier and tastes pretty similar to the real deal. If I can find a way to make a “French Toast Crunch” version my life will be complete. You need just 3 ingredients!
- Fiber One Original Cereal
- Cottage Cheese
Add one serving of cereal (box serving size) to 1 cup (or whatever amount desired) of cottage cheese (2% preferred). Then, assault it with cinnamon. Like, A LOT of cinnamon. Mix it all together and enjoy!
Two words: Super Foods. Shakeology is a mix made up of all real foods, many of which have been dubbed “super foods” in the past few years, but it tastes SO GOOD. There’s a few flavors to choose from but the best are Cafe Latte and Chocolate. And there’s tons of different recipes to make with the shakes so you never get bored. You can mix it with water or milk or a mixture of both (I usually do water with a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk) and it’s the perfect snack for when you’re traveling, in a time crunch, or stuck someplace awful like work or the doctor. I’ve been drinking Shakeology for about a year now and I’m still not sick of it. Plus it helps with my digestion because it has digestive enzymes in it! Absolutely adore it.
4. Peaches & Cream
If you’re not a cottage cheese fan, I apologize. If you are, here’s another recipe for you! Mix cottage cheese with a peach and cinnamon. Even if you hate cottage cheese, you may end up liking this because the sweet overpowers the sour and with enough cinnamon you can’t even taste the cottage cheese. This is my favorite after dinner snack!
5. “Chips” and Salsa
One time in college when I was being very healthy and also too hard on myself, I had an intense craving for chips and salsa. I had celery on hand because I love peanut butter and prefer the instruments I use to consume it are also edible. In a desperate attempt to curb my craving, I ate the salsa with the celery. Dream come true? No. Did it work? YES.
And here are some things you should definitely enjoy as snacks every now and then, just not as often as you eat carrots and guac 😉