I like to snack. I always have and I probably always will!
Many people think snacking is bad because they relate it to mindless snacking – the grabbing of a handful of chips or pretzels or nuts (or whatever is in reach) because you are bored. Not because you are hungry.
For me, snacking is just smaller meals that I already plan on eating.
Eating smaller meals helps me get through the day better than eating three, higher calorie meals does without snacking. It’s just the way I like to eat!
I see nothing wrong with whichever way you wanna do it, as long as you’re getting all your calories in.
My snacks tend to range in portion sizes and calories depending on what I’ve got going on that day. Today I’m throwing out four examples of healthy snacks you could be adding to your meal plan!
Shakeology with RENOLA
I blend vanilla Shakeology with a magic bullet 3/4 full of ice, and about 3/4 cup of almond milk. Sometimes I put peanut butter in it, or I do mix-ins! I put in half a packet of RENOLA mix-ins with this one.
This one was like a healthy blizzard!
Total snackage – 275 calories
Veggie, cracker and hummus snack plate
Carrots and hummus used to be my thing – but carrots and I have a love/hate relationship. Right now we are broken up. Just can’t seem to make myself eat raw carrots. Cooked or in soup, no problem.
Instead, I’ve been chopping up bell peppers, and I’ve been craving cucumbers like a boss! They are sooo freakin’ good on salads. And with hummus. 🙂
This was a snack plate of veggies, serving of hummus, and 3 whole wheat crackers.
Total snackage – 190 calories
This was a post-workout snack when I found myself craving some peanut butter. I’ve been buying a heartier multi-grain bread from Costco (you can get two loaves for $4.48 – it’s amazeballs). I then topped it with 1 tablespoon homemade cinnamon peanut butter some sliced strawberries!
Total snackage – 240 calories
LARABAR and cottage cheese
I wanted the LARABAR but really needed to get some extra protein in for the day, so I grabbed a serving of cottage cheese to go along with it.
Have you ever had this LARABAR? Coconut Cream Pie is probably my all-time favorite. So.freakin.good.
Total snackage – 300 calories
I’ve had some clients ask how many calories I personally eat every day. It really just depends! It depends on my hunger that day and what activities I’m doing. I go back and forth on tracking my calories on MyFitnessPal (You can find and follow me here if you’d like!) but I’d say I usually come in around 1800. Some days less, some days more.
That is a number I can tell you, but it might not really mean much. Because it’s going to be different for EVERYONE. Just gotta find what works for you. 🙂
That wraps up what I’m snacking on Wednesday. Make sure to head over to Peas and Crayons for Jenn’s WIAW party!