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
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.
Cottage cheese + fruit
Fruit + cheese stick
Dinner leftovers (this is great when you don’t have enough leftovers for a full meal)
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…
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)
Smoothie that has some sort of protein powder or nut butter for some staying power
Leftover roasted veggies + cottage cheese
Popcorn + nuts/cheese
Hope this gives you some inspiration. I’d love to hear what snacks YOU enjoy!!