One of my biggest struggles when losing weight has always been the fact that I love to snack. Snacking isn’t always the problem but snacking on junk food too often definitely doesn’t make for a successful health & fitness journey. One thing I noticed once I started law school back in 2018 was that I am definitely a stress eater. In the last few months I’ve been super stressed and thus my snack attacks have gotten worse. I recently started a new fitness program (which I will blog about more later) and I knew if I wanted to make sure that I didn’t waste my money and was successful, I needed to start eating as healthy as I have in the past. This fact combined with one of my sorority sisters who follows me on Instagram (shoutout to Vanessa!) asking me to blog about my favorite healthy snacks led to me writing this post.
Anyone who knows anything about health & fitness and losing weight will tell you that nutrition is the most important factors in making sure you lose weight. To quote my newest trainer (@makingmila on Instagram) you can’t out work a bad diet. At the same time, there is something about overly healthy foods that I have to train my taste buds to get used to again every time I fall off the health wagon. However, these foods have always been some of my favorites and have the perfect combination of healthy-ish* and tasty. Full Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist/dietitian/anything of the sort. I’m just a fat girl tryna get fit that loves to snack. Okay, keep reading for the list!
Gone are the days when protein shakes tastes like chalk. Nowadays it is pretty easy to find a yummy protein shakes or put one together yourself. My personal favorites are Premier Protein Shakes. They are great for when I’m on the go. My favorite one is the caramel flavored one. Getting enough protein is an important part of staying full and not snacking too much. I also like making my own and customizing them.
Rice Cake, Almond Butter, & Honey
This is one of my favorite snacks ever. It usually is especially helpful when I’m hungry before a workout and need a quick bite but don’t want to get too full so that I have to wait a super long time to workout. This also goes really well with coffee, which I sometimes drink a little of if I’m not in the mood for a pre-workout drink but need a tiny pick me up.
Non-fat Greek Yogurt with Granola & Seeds
Whenever I crave something crunchy this is my go-to snack. Make sure you read the labels on both your granola and seeds so that you follow the proper portion sizes and don’t overdo it. Granola can often be a sugar bomb so try to stick to the ones that don’t have too many grams of sugar or at least have natural sugars. If you want some sweetness, add some honey!
Peppers & Hummus
This was my go-to snack in undergrad when I was doing 21 Day Fix. I used to eat them almost every day and never got sick of them. There are so many different flavors of hummus at many grocery stores now so you can switch it up if you get bored of it. I remember when I first started my health and fitness journey I even followed a hummus meme page! That’s how much I loved the stuff!
Instead of trying to give myself a super strict and limiting rule like “no snacking”, I switch out my junk food snacks with healthier snacks that sometimes satisfy the same craving. This helps me rework snacking into a way that fits in with my health & fitness journey that is sustainable.
Leave a comment with your favorite healthy or healthy-ish snack(s)? I can always use more recommendations.