Ever feel so hungry between meals that you just don’t know what to eat as a snack, because you feel like nothing healthy can satisfy you? Sometimes, we get so hungry that all we want to do is eat the first thing in sight, which is often something unhealthy. Before we dive into this post, let me tell you what I think is the number one thing to keep in mind when snacking.
The golden rule to snacking Try including more then 1 food group per snack, this ensures that your snack is balanced, but most importantly, that it will fill you up! Food groups to keep in mind when choosing a healthy and filling snack are:
- Vegetables and Fruits
- Meats and Alternatives (aka protein sources!)
- Dairy & Alternatives
A snack that combines any of these together guarantee a happy and full stomach!
Greek Yogurt and Granola
I think you’ve heard enough about the wonders of greek yogurt, so I’ll spare you. However, the reason I recommend it is that it’s got a ton of protein and provides you with the calcium and vitamin D that so many of us need! I don’t generally enjoy eating yogurt with fruits, I don’t know why, so I usually eat it with granola! Don’t be shy to boost up the fullness factor by adding nuts, seeds, fruits/dried fruits and anything else of your choosing!
Salted EdamameThis one is so good, it’s kind of like snacking on popcorn! For those who don’t know, edamame are just soy beans that have been boiled or steamed from their pods. They can be bought frozen and can be thawed in the microwave for a couple minutes to make a delicious snack. Sprinkle some salt on them and munch away. This is another snack that offers a good amount of healthy fats, fiber and protein.
No Bake Nutty Energy BarsA recipe from one of my first posts, these energy bars are the perfect way to refuel! They are sweet, satisfying and provide lots of protein, plus they can be made in advance and can be used for last minute on-the-go healthy snacking. It’s a win-win!
Apple and Nut ButterFruits have a way of not filling me up at all. Like my mom says, “when I eat an apple, I’m hungrier then I was before!”, and honestly, I experience the same thing! Let’s kiss this problem goodbye by combining it with our favorite nut butter! The two together make a powerful combo that kicks hunger’s butt!
Super Easy and Quick Homemade Chips
I’m sure I have your attention from that title, you’re thinking: “healthy chips?!” Well, these are definitely a healthier alternative. What I like to do is cut a whole-wheat (preferably) tortilla or pita into triangles. I preheat the oven to 400F and brush my triangles with olive oil. Then, I season them with salt, paprika and garlic powder and bake them for about 10 minutes, or until they are crunchy. Pair this one with hummus and ALL your needs should be satisfied.
Vegetables and HummusHummus is amazing with everything, I mean it basically transfers it’s taste to anything you eat it with. If you don’t like hummus, you can always replace this with a regular dip (which is what I have pictured above), but the protein and fiber content is ideal in hummus. It also has a higher content of healthy fats, which can also help with hunger. P.S. Making your own hummus is super duper easy (unless you decide to start taking off the skins of every single chickpea..) and tastes so amazing. I recommend trying out homemade hummus if you can! But most often then not, I’m eating the regular store-bought!
Chia Seed MuffinsI’ve mentioned these muffins in a previous post, and if you are interested in the recipe, check it out here! These muffins are loaded with chia seeds and make for a filling snack. A baked good that is ridiculously high in fiber and doesn’t taste like a boring old bran muffin (sorry, bran muffins..) is perfect in my books! To boost up the fullness factor, pair these muffins with nut butter or greek yogurt.
Homemade Shreddies Trail MixTrail mixes are the perfect combination of sweet, salty and hunger busting goodness. I made this one quite easily, by combining Shreddies, honey roasted peanuts, pretzels, granola and chocolate chips! One may argue that it isn’t the healthiest choice, and perhaps I agree, but I also think it’s a great snack choice. You can always replace the chocolate chips for dried fruits if you prefer. But in the end, just make sure you aren’t making a trail mix that consists of only chocolate chips and pretzels and barely and nuts and Shreddies, that might not be as healthy, but I can’t argue against it being delicious ;).
Want more snack ideas? Check out jacksbalancingact.com, where she listed her typical snacks for a day, it can hopefully give you more ideas!
If you’re looking for snacks that will curb salty or sweet cravings, check out my previous post, where I shared my favorite healthy snacks that mimic unhealthy treats.
What are some of your favorite snacks that help you stay full? I’m curious to know!