Hey y’all! So who here has been snacking more than normal thanks to this quarantine? I definitely have, which is why I made it my mission to find some healthy snacks for this Wellness Wednesday. I also have started upping my workout routines, which is great for my muscles (though they certainly are feeling the burn), but not so great for keeping weight on, which is why I also went in search of good snacks to help me increase my calorie intake as well. Here are some healthy snacks that are perfect for adding to your daily routine for whatever your personal reason is.
Delicious and Healthy Snacks
- Apple slices and almond butter. Almond butter is full of protein, not to mention heart healthy, and a great snack is a sliced apple dipped into almond butter. I know almond butter can be a bit more pricey than say peanut butter, but it’s a great addition to your snacks.
- Yogurt, chia seeds, dried fruit, and granola. Mmm just typing this is making me hungry. I like a good Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, a mix of dried fruits, and then some vanilla granola sprinkled on top. It’ll help you to stay full before or after a workout, and tastes great. It’ll also help satisfy that afternoon sweet tooth.
- A green smoothie. I’ve talked about these before, and they are great snacks. I have been having mine in the afternoon before a workout or in the morning after one when I need a bit of a boost.
- Carrots and hummus. Simple to prepare and delicious to munch on. Plus, you get some of your veggies this way!
- Roasted sweet potato chunks. I just had this last night with quinoa and other veggies for dinner and it was so good I want to make it again as an appetizer or snack for the day. I made mine a bit more savory with lots of garlic, basil, black pepper, and a dash of turmeric before adding some olive oil and baking. They didn’t get all smooshy like sweet potatoes can sometimes get and instead had a delicious crunch. I even added a dash of lemon juice, and it was perfect.
- Kashi bars. These are pretty tasty and fairly good for you too. They aren’t loaded down with sugar, which is great, especially if you’re trying to be healthier and limit your amount of sugars.
- Cheese and crackers. These also aren’t bad, though be careful about the sodium amounts in the pre-packaged ones.
- Nuts. I love to snack on mixed nuts, and as long as you go with the no salt added and get a good mix, not just the cashews, you’ll be having a delicious and heart healthy snack.
- Whole grain bagel and almond butter. Again, a tasty breakfast snack that will help you to remain full, and get some extra calories.
Now, I also am not limiting myself to only healthy foods either. For dessert, if I want to have a bowl of ice cream, I allow myself to do just that (though not every day). I’m still a big believer in everything in moderation, so allow yourself the snacks that aren’t as healthy too, just make sure they’re limited to not eating chips and dip each day or enjoying a bag of chocolate as a nightly routine. A piece or two here and there is great, as is chips and dip occasionally. Just make sure you get a good amount of lean meats, whole grains, and fruits and veggies with it.