If there was anything I needed to take a hard look at while adopting a healthier lifestyle it was definitely my snacking habits. I can’t be the only one who thinks, “I’ll buy the potato chips cause it’s not like I’ll eat them all in one sitting” and then continues to finish the bag while binge-watching Netflix. After spending hours indulging in toxic treats to then spend a few more hours feeling guilty, I decided it was time for my lifestyle and late-night cravings to link up.
As I began having more conversations with my friends and coworkers about our eating habits, I realized that snacking is a major set back for most individuals attempting to maintain a healthy diet. After eating clean all day or week, we’d throw it all away for a family-sized bag of Doritos with a side of ranch. Finally, it was time to shed the mindset, guilt, and gut that came with unhealthy snacking.
Are you finally at that point in your fitness journey where you’re ready to get out of your own way and start seeing your hard work pay off? Need some ideas on how to snack healthy while in a hurry?
Here are healthy snacks to swap in during your next trip to the grocery store:
I’ve been munching on blueberries, blackberries, watermelon, and bananas when I need a little boost or feel like lazy snacking. When I crave something sweet like ice cream, I head to the freezer for some frozen strawberry and mango chunks. These are not only healthy late-night options but also can last a very long time if bought in bulk and used for smoothies and meals throughout the day. Other fruit items found on my grocery list include applesauce (see below), canned pineapple slices, and mango juice.
If fresh fruit is unavailable to you at this time, frozen, canned, and dried fruit are also great options. While you’re shopping, look for products that have no added sugars, real fruit juice only, and no high fructose corn syrup. When possible, shop organic!
Hummus & Carrots
Carrots saved my life as I was trying to rid myself of a serious Cheetos addiction and when I found hummus, well I never looked back down the chip aisle again. Not only is this healthy snack light enough for any time of day, you can also change things up by trying different types of humus or making your own at home. The combo I’m currently hooked on; organic carrots and roasted garlic hummus (YUM!)
During my first cross country road trip, I got hooked on these yummy, crunchy snacks. Not only are they the best potato chip replacement, the company makes so many flavors to try (but tomato basil will always be my fav).
Not only is apple sauce an affordable snack, a sprinkle of cinnamon on top also makes it extremely nutritious. After spending hours scrolling through benefits on Pinterest. Here are my favorite benefits of including cinnamon in my diet:
- full of antioxidants
- improves digestion
- helps build strong bones
- boosts memory (scent)
- contributes Fiber, Iron & Calcium to my diet
Trail mix is my go-to when I can’t decide if I’m craving something salty or sweet. This is the one thing I scoop handfuls of without any guilt. My current favorite is Second Nature’s California Medley which includes almonds, raisins, pistachios, and dried cranberries. Can’t find a trail mix you love? Create your own by purchasing your favorite dried fruits, dark chocolate, nuts and seeds to form your favorite mix.
Another healthy substitution for potato chips, plantain chips are also easy and affordable to make at home if you’re on a budget. Be careful; these snacks can go from light and healthy to seriously heavy real quick. Here’s my favorite Pinterest recipe for DIY Plantain Chips!
If you know me, you know I quickly became a broccoli addict after adopting a healthy lifestyle which opened me up tot he world of snacking on veggies. From air-fried broccoli and cauliflower to carrots and beats, there are so many options when it comes to nibbling on snacks that won’t ruin your day. You can find microwavable bags of veggies at Wal-Mart for as low as $1 making this snack as affordable as it is nutritious. Additionally, I keep cans of black olives and red beets in my pantry for those days I want to lazy binge on snacks.
Life fruit, vegetables can be purchased fresh, canned, or frozen. Change up your snacks daily by switching between eating fresh, roasting, and air-frying veggies. Shop organic when possible!
Not only do these yummy cookies satisfying my sweet tooth, I feel guilt-free every time I splurge on these vegan, protein-packed sweet treats! One cookie can also be broken up into two snacks which I often eat these plant-based treats pre- and post-workout. Lenny and Larry came into my life at a crucial time when I had ditched meat and needed to find another source of protein. Lenny and Larry’s Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie has become my guilt-free pleasure and even made it’s way on my top 10 yummiest chocolate chip cookies of all time (stay tuned for the official life!)
What healthy snacks have you swapped in during this quarantine? Comment below!
Cheers to making better choices,