First, I want to start off by saying that doing a full-body pilates workout before swimming laps is not the best idea. Tiny little muscles I barely notice were super tired, but at least I got a good workout!
Cooking with Shirataki noodles is another bad idea. Lots of people love these, but I am not a fan.
They look good, but they smell like fish. Gross. I have never wanted a 10-cent bag of Top Ramen as badly as I did while I stared disappointingly into my bowl of bleck.
Now on with today’s post… If you hadn’t noticed, I like snacks. Snacks help maintain your metabolic rate and keep you from eating off your arm come 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon. They also help you fuel for or help recover from a hard workout.
Keep in mind that I have no degree in nutrition/medicine/biology/physiology/whatever. I also have no certifications to help validate my musings. This is just what works for me. Maybe it will work for you too.
To me, a snack should be under 200 calories but probably more than 100 (depending on your hunger level). I shoot for less than 2.5 grams of saturated fat when possible, that’s no die-hard rule. Here are a few tips from Shape Magazine:
I also try to pick snacks with fiber, protein and/or fat because they help keep you full and satiated. Your snack may not have all 3 like your meals, but that’s okay. I find protein is the most important for keeping me full. Here are a few examples of the snacks I’ve been loving lately:
- 2% Cottage Cheese + Carrots
- Yummus + Broccoli Florettes
- Nature ‘s Path Hemp Bars (good for on-the-go)
- Apple + Almonds***
- Nut Butter + Brown Rice Cake
- Half an Eat.Think.Smile Bar + Small Peach
- Ice Cream Plain Greek Yogurt + Berries
- Natural, Whole Wheat Crackers + 2% Cheese
***I have been riddiculed for counting my almonds. Those little buggars add up fast at 7 calories per almond! Healthy fat still makes you fat. (Sorry for using the “F” word too; don’t hate me.)
You can find tons of healthy snack ideas online. I think most ideas from magazines are over-processed, over-priced, and paid product placements, but they still occasionally have good finds. Here are just a few links to snack lists to get you started:
- Peas & Crayons: WIAW (what bloggers eat)
- Women’s Health Magazine
- Fitness Magazine
- WebMD (good info here)
- My Snack Giveaway (shameless self promotion – if you haven’t entered, go do it!)
My biggest snacking rule – don’t eat something that you think tastes awful just because it’s “healthy.” You’ll be reaching for something yummy in no time!
Are you a snacker? What are some of your favorite snacks?