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Anyone else feel like the days are literally flying by?! Between summertime fun, living that mom life, blogging, staying active, traveling, keeping our house somewhat clean, prepping for preschool and the never-ending list of things to do, staying focused and energized is of sky-high importance to me.
Aside from copious amounts of coffee, high quality snacks between meals are an absolute must for me. As a perpetual all day grazer, snacks are my jam. No snack is created equal and sticking to smart snack choices can make a huge difference in keeping me fueled and satisfied throughout my busy days.
Snacks can get a bad rap with all the less than stellar snack choices out there, but it doesn’t have to. With a little foresight and smart decision making, snacking can actually be a really great thing. Try the tips below to improve your eating habits!
Smart Snacking Tips to Power Your Day
1. Keep Smart Snacks Handy
Keeping smart and easy to grab snacks on hand is a must! Having snacks easy to grab and go, prevents the noshing on less than stellar options (like candy bars or fast food). I love snacks that I can just throw in my bag and go. A few of my favorite options: string cheese (they can be frozen and thawed), trail mix (watch your serving sizes), peanut butter and apples, and fruit. I like to take one day during the week to meal prep to help set aside snacks in ziplock baggies for convenience.
2. Protein is King (or Queen)
When it comes to snacking, the number one thing that I look for is protein. Without protein in my snacks, I end up hangry (hungry and angry) within an hour and nobody likes that. One of my favorite protein snacks is Sargento Cheese Sticks! They are loaded with up to 8 grams of protein per serving size which is higher than many other snack choices (string cheese beats out peanut butter, hard boiled eggs and almonds when it comes to protein per serving size). With 14 different varieties to choose from, there is always something that satisfies my hunger. Snacks high in protein, keep you full longer and usually are a lower calorie count than other snacks (like chips) that leave you feeling hungry and unsatisfied.
3. Mix It Up
Try pairing foods that are high in protein with a carbohydrate when possible. Foods high in protein fill you up and keep you full longer, while carbohydrates provide your body with much needed energy (especially for those mid-morning and midday lulls).
4. Fill Up On Fiber
High fiber snacks are great for keeping full and also help keep the digestive system functioning well. Nuts, whole grains and vegetables are all great high fiber options. Pair a high fiber option with a protein (like cheese) and you’ll be surprised at how fueled and full you’ll feel (and for a longer period of time).
5. Use Snacks to Fill in Nutritional Voids
Take advantage of snacks to help fill in your nutritional voids. As an athlete, I’m always looking for additional protein in my diet to help with recovery and also more vegetables to balance out my nutritional needs. Make your snacks count and use them to help balance your diet!
What are some of your favorite nutritious snacks?