Snacking is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. While I consider mid morning snacking optional – especially if you had a healthy nutritious breakfast that includes protein, healthy fats and fiber; I strongly recommend snacking in the afternoon between 3 and 5pm. This will help regulate your blood sugar, provide the energy you need to fuel the rest of your afternoon in a productive and happy way, and most importantly, help prevent the sugar craving that most people experience in the evening because they arrive at dinner starving and depleted.
4 Healthy Snacks Ideas that You Can Start Implementing Tomorrow:
1) Half an avocado with 1 teaspoon of chia seeds. One of my favorites! You get the delicious healthy fats from the avocado and the fiber, protein and antioxidants of the chia seeds. Super simple, really delicious, and crunchy!
2) Make your own portable trail mix. I always have a homemade trailmix in my purse that includes Brazil nuts for the selenium, almonds for the healthy fats and protein, raisins or cranberries to satisfy my sweet tooth, and cashews. Make sure to keep the portions under control, a handful should be enough.
3) Hummus with veggies or rice crackers. Another one of my absolute favorites. A great source of protein, this super snack will allow you to relaunch your afternoon, guilt free.
4) Dale’s bars. I truly enjoy them. They taste really good and are super nutritious. They are naturally sweetened (using dates and coconut sugar), made with great sources of protein, and truly satisfying. Really easy to grab and go, they won’t spike your blood sugar and will fuel you for an hour or two.