Snack Ideas

I apologize because it’s been FOREVER since I’ve posted on here. I could say that I’m far too busy taking care of a baby and seeing clients, but really it ultimately comes down to intention. Blogging takes work and time—something I don’t always want to invest 🤪. I do NOT understand how some bloggers post multiple times a week (or even some, every day!!). Major props to those people.

I get questions about snack ideas, so I thought I would compile a list of ideas for you. Please remember that ANY food can be a snack food. There are no rules about what “counts” as a snack versus a meal or dessert. YOU get to decide what you want to eat whenever you get hungry. The purpose of a snack is simply to get you through until your next meal without getting overly hungry. So what and how much you choose depends on when your next meal is, how long it’s been since you last ate, and what you last ate. If it’s been 3 hours since I last ate and I still have 2 more hours until my husband gets home for dinner, I’m going to eat a much more substantial snack than if I only have 30 more minutes until meal time (and yes, I will eat a snack even if dinner is in 30 minutes. Hanger can hit in 30 minutes). Or a night time snack typically isn’t as substantial because I’m not as hungry from having dinner somewhat recently.

But guys, you do what works best for YOU! Use this list simply as an idea—the amount is up to you. And if you’re wondering, yes, I typically aim for a carb and fat/protein at each snack to help with satiety and blood sugar stabilization.

So here you go! And if you notice a lot of peanut butter references, really everything I eat is just a vehicle for peanut butter. 😉

This granola (I actually half the amount of nuts, but you do you) with milk and banana slices

 
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Cheese, turkey, and crackers…I HIGHLY recommend Aldi’s "specialty select” rosemary scalloped crackers with their goat cheese. Aldi is the place to go for yummy and affordable cheeses.

 
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Muffin or slice of bread with nut butter or butter. Every week I make a baked goodie or two. Here’s my current favorite pumpkin banana bread, vegan banana bread (with chocolate chips added, duh) , almond flour banana bread, apple crumble snack bars

 
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Leftover pancake with nut butter and banana (you can find my whole wheat pancake recipe here)

Yogurt parfait (use full fat yogurt, trust me) with yogurt, fruit, and granola or nuts…I personally LOVE the Green Mountain Top Creamery 5% plain yogurt with honey and peanut butter mixed in.

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Cottage cheese + fruit

Fruit + cheese stick

Dinner leftovers (this is great when you don’t have enough leftovers for a full meal)

 
Gosh, I love Papa Murphy’s pizzas….

Gosh, I love Papa Murphy’s pizzas….

 

Toast with avocado and egg or deli meat

Baked good—cookie, piece of cake, brownie, etc. I’ve shared before, but these brownies are bomb…

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Protein or granola bar + fruit (a few of my favorite brands are RX bars, Perfect Bars, Nature Valley granola, Luna peanut butter protein, Clif peanut butter, KIND nut ones)

 
Homemade lara bars…

Homemade lara bars…

 

Smoothie that has some sort of protein powder or nut butter for some staying power

Coffee smoothie (cold brew, frozen banana, date) with collagen peptides.

Coffee smoothie (cold brew, frozen banana, date) with collagen peptides.

Juice plus chocolate powder with banana, peanut butter, milk, and ice topped with more peanut butter and banana bread crumbles.

Juice plus chocolate powder with banana, peanut butter, milk, and ice topped with more peanut butter and banana bread crumbles.

Leftover roasted veggies + cottage cheese

Popcorn + nuts/cheese

Hope this gives you some inspiration. I’d love to hear what snacks YOU enjoy!!

Mediterranean Banza Bowl

Alright, you guys, you need to make this ASAP! And this is not a false alarm. This bowl is super delicious, full of fresh flavors and different textures. Make it and your tastebuds will thank me.

I am an ambassador with Banza (what does that even mean? I don’t really know…but I’ll take the fancy title) and they sent me a bag of their new chickpea “rice”. I’m not gonna lie, I was a little skeptical. Come on now, why we gotta be messing with rice? There’s absolutely nothing wrong about eating rice (because there’s no morality attached to food) and rice provides nutrition that other grains don’t. Variety is the spice of life and the thing that ensures we get all the nutrients we need.

 
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Anyways, so I was little irritated that they were trying to replace rice. But THEN I tried it. And loved it. It definitely doesn’t replace rice, but it’s another delicious food to add to my life. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t eat many chickpeas/beans, so Banza products allow for me to have more food groups in my life more easily. So I would encourage eating rice AND this Banza rice, because both are delicious. I’d compare it to orzo pasta, and I’m a fan or orzo recipes.

 
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The great thing about this recipe is that you can make all the components one day and then keep them in your fridge for several days of lunches or dinners. Woohoo for easily assembled meals!!

I’m going to do some more recipe testing with the rice and I’m super pumped about it…okay, I need to tone it down a bit. But I really did enjoy it.

 
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In other news, Isaac had the flu this past week, so we’ve quarantined him and I’ve been solo parenting. Phew it’s hard work! Single moms, you are super heroes…Thankfully after several days of doing it alone and hanging out by myself in the evenings, my in-laws came to watch Cam for a few hours so I could workout out 🙌🏻 and get some coffee and work on this post. It’s the little self-care actions in life that make all the difference. 😉I’d love to hear what you guys think of Banza’s new rice, this recipe, and what you’ve been up to lately!! Thankful for all of you and your support. 🤓

 
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Mediterranean Banza Bowl

Chicken souvlaki recipe comes from GimmeSomeOven and is one of my favorite recipes

Quick summer time lunch

So because it's getting hot here (and because I'm pregnant), I'm craving lots of cold, fresh foods. Side note, I had Jason's Deli for lunch the other day with a friend for the first time in like 10 years, and the salad bar was SO refreshing!! I'm trying to remember what all I put in my salad so that I can recreate it, because it was super delicious. Do people even go to Jason's Deli anymore? I'm okay with the free ice cream that comes with every meal....🙋

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