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!!

Trek Bars--Homemade Granola Bars

These bars. Oh. My. Word. 

So I made an incredible discovery about the location of my new office. I happen to be caddy-corner from Great Harvest Bread Company. If you've never been, you're missing out. It's the cutest little bakery and sandwich shop. Everyday they make different options of fresh bread and goodies and then have a few everyday staples. The best part about this little gem is that they give you FREE samples every time you come in. Puhlease and thank you.  When I go, I try a slice or two of bread. Oh, and they top it with cinnamon butter. Enough said....

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Cereal Milk

Oh my goodness!! I am so excited about this! Cereal milk. It's stupid simple. It's a little ridiculous. It really doesn't deserve a "recipe". But it's sssoooo fun and out of the ordinary that I felt like I had to share it. Because CEREAL MILK!! And I absolutely loved all of the pictures. Who knew cereal was so stinking pretty?? 

While getting lunch with a friend at a really cool new restaurant, I saw bottled cereal milk being sold. I couldn't get the idea out of my head. I mean, it's genius! In high school, the leftover milk from my cereal was my FAVORITE part. It's like the last sugary sip of a caramel macchiato, the top of a muffin, or the last bite of the bottom of a McDonald's ice cream cone. The best things in life...My husband, Isaac, thinks the idea of cereal milk is disgusting. Of course he would--he dumps his leftover milk down the drain. He just doesn't get it. How are we so different and yet married?!  

 
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Now I have to be honest. I haven't bought a box of cereal since last summer sometime. I mean, I absolutely love cereal (I've talked about how I love eating soggy cereal in a past post), but Isaac and I tend to stick with oatmeal since it's so versatile and it keeps us fuller longer. Cereal just doesn't have much staying power for me. It's more of a late snack food.  I bought several boxes of cereal for this recipe post and I am not disappointed at all about needing to eat up what's leftover. I know, life is rough for me.

 
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Cereal milk
 
 
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For this "recipe"--if I'm allowed to call it that--all you need is your favorite box of cereal and your milk of choice. I must say that almond milk and soy milk are the top choices since they are already sweeter to begin with, but, hey, we are all entitled to our own opinions. And if I were really honest, I wish I liked regular cow's milk. Whichever milk suits you, add 1.5 cups of milk to 1 cup of cereal and allow it to set for 15-20 minutes or so. If you're using a crunchy cereal like Oh's (probably the best cereal ever made), you may need to go longer. Once your milk has "steeped," place a colander with small holes over a large enough bowl and pour the cereal/milk mixture into the colander to strain. If you get chunks of cereal in your milk, put a coffee filter in your colander and strain it again. Viola! Delicious cereal milk! Put your milk in a container and store in the fridge for future milk-drinking goodness. Or maybe even for some smoothie/shake-making. You can decide how you want to eat it.

 
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So, if you're like me and you haven't gotten cereal in a while, head on over to the store to get a box. Or two. Or maybe even three...Okay, don't do that--that would be a little ridiculous. But you get the idea :-)

 
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