This month, I’m taking recipe requests. Quite a few of you have asked for snack ideas, so I’m sharing several of my favorites.
But first, some general snacking tips:
- Never underestimate the power of simplicity. Carrot/celery/bell pepper sticks can be really satisfying by themselves.
- Usually, the “hungry” you feel is disproportionate to the amount of food you actually need to eat. Snack slowly and stop when you’re satisfied.
- Don’t spoil your dinner. If you can make it to your next meal, do it.
- Keep it simple – one to three ingredients, simple preparations. You want to digest your snack easily and quickly, with no digestive disruptions.
- Drink a glass of water before you snack. In many cases, you’re not really hungry; just thirsty. Try it – trust me.
- Avoid sweet snacks like baked goods, lots of dried fruit, or bottled juice/smoothies. The spike in your blood sugar will just lead to more hunger. (Not to mention a crash.)
- Advanced tip: If you’re always hungry between meals, you might not be crafting your meals properly. Experiment with your protein and fat proportions, and see if you can create breakfasts and lunches that tide you over to your next meal.
And now, my favorite snacks:
- Celery/carrot/pepper sticks with hummus or homemade dressing of choice.
- I’m obsessed with Mary’s Gone Crackers – a seed-based cracker that’s gluten-free & vegan. I really just like them plain, but you can dip them in hummus or have them with cheese.
- Apple, carrot or banana with nut butter (I prefer almond butter but anything else is great).
- A handful of olives. They stand alone.
- Rice cakes with goat cheese and salsa.
- Lundberg makes great rice cakes with organic brown rice. You can spread nut butter or hummus on them for a satisfying snack.
- Raw or dry-roasted nuts – Walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, macadamia, hazelnuts, pistachios, etc.
- Homemade trail mix – Any nut/seed/dried fruit combination will work. Keep an eye on the added sugar in your dried fruit.
- A few squares of dark chocolate – 75% cacao or higher.
- Leftover smoothie from the morning, or a smaller version of your usual smoothie (you can make a bit extra in the morning).
- Fresh fruit – an apple, or some berries or cherries. These lower-sugar fruits will sit for longer than a sweeter fruit like banana.
- Sprouted grain toast with pastured butter. Oh yeah.
- Roll-ups: take a slice of turkey and a slice of cheese and roll it up like a cigar. I like to add a little mustard too. If you don’t do dairy, leave the cheese out.
- Raw Revolution bars.
- Edamame beans with sea salt – you can get the frozen ones, cook a batch for the week, and go.
- Ants on a log – never gets old. Try it with almond or sun butter, and dried cherries instead of raisins!
What do you like to snack on? Share your ideas in the comments below!