An important part of your daily food intake is snacks. These should actually be considered small meals and not just food to mindlessly fill the empty hole. You want a vegetable or fruit to be present at every snack. Here are a few ideas:
~Raw veggies with hummus. There are so many different types of hummus you could never get bored trying them all!
~Apple or celery with almond butter- delicious!
~A handful of raw nuts with an orange, pear, apple or some snap peas.
~Brown rice cakes with either almond butter or 1/4 avocado.
~Crunchy green veggies with a small protein shake made from a scoop of protein powder and 1-1/2 cups skim milk of choice.
~1/2 of a peanut, almond or cashew butter(natural,organic, of course) and banana sandwich on whole wheat bread.
~Hummus, shredded carrots, and baby spinach on 1/2 of a whole-wheat tortilla.
~1 cup low-fat natural yogurt with 1/2 cup berries
~1/2 cup cottage cheese with 1/2 of a banana or a 1/2 cup mixed berries
~1/2 banana with 1 Tbsp. nut butter of choice
~1/2 cup low-fat natural yogurt and 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean cereal with 1/4 cup berries
~1/4 cup dried apricots with 14 walnuts
~1 low-fat string cheese with an apple
~1 cup green bell pepper slices and 10 baby carrots with 2 Tbsp. hummus
~1/2 cup low-fat natural frozen yogurt with 1/2 cup blueberries and 10 cashews
Snacks to avoid for obvious reasons:
Ice cream, chips, french fries, all deep fried foods, pretzels, preserved meats, sweet cookies, cakes, donuts, candies and anything that is found in a package loaded with chemicals, sugar and damaged fats. These type of foods only further interfere with your body's ability to utilize the healthy foods you are now eating.
I hope these snack ideas help you achieve your health goals! Stay tuned for the next installment of the Healthy You series: Lunch:)