Snack Attack

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.

yummy... sike!

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.

not all bars have beer and bad music

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.

kitties need snacks 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.)

healthy fat = cashew

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:

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?

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23 Comments to “Snack Attack”

  1. I’m a huge snacker! I always keep my favorite chicken salad in the fridge – that way when I get a hunger pang I can reach in and grab a spoonful. Also – peanut butter smeared on a banana is always pretty good! xoxo from Trinidad

  2. I’m a big time snacker… I honestly have no idea how people go so long between meals without snacking. Boggles my mind. Some of my favorites are Greek yogurt with fruit and cereal, cookie dough balls, fruit and AB, ice cream, muffins, smoothies, and rice cakes with honey and AB. My snacks always tend to be sweet… I just can’t do the whole savory snack thing.

  3. I don’t agree with the statement “healthy fat still makes you fat” because studies have shown that it isn’t fat that makes you fat but excess calories that makes you fat. In all my research (I am a NS…nutrition specialisit and work as a nutritionist for a living) it DOES make sense to consume healthy (mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated) fats over the bad fats (saturated and trans fats) but it isn’t excess fat grams that pack on the pounds but excess calories.

    My favorite snacks are usually nut butter and some fruit or I love to eat hummus and GF crackers. 🙂

    • Totally agree! Maybe what I said came out wrong. I think we’re on the same page that it’s healthy to consume, but it still has calories that add up quickly – especially when you put a bowl of good guac in front of me! Yum! 😀

  4. Yummus… lol!! I am definitely a snacker and pretty much love all of your snacks, except broccoli. My fav snacks are almonds, carrots and PB, banana and PB, oatmeal, greek yogurt, chips and salsa.

  5. I go in phases with snacking. Sometimes I can’t go without them, other times I don’t really need them. I’m a big fruit + nut butter, trail mix gal when it comes to snacking. Anything that will keep me full 🙂

  6. i always need more snack ideas! this list is great 🙂 i usually just munch on almonds & raisins or banana with peanut butter

  7. I couldn’t agree more on nuts! They have a ton of calories in them. I do enjoy them but you can only have a small handful till you’re at a ton of calories.

  8. I’m with you on the shiritaki. SO with you on that.

    As for snacking…I’m pretty sure that’s all I do. “Real meals” never seem to happen. 🙂

  9. I love snacks! If it wasn’t for the whole pesky work business, I’d rarely do a full meal. I’m definitely a grazer 🙂 My favorite snacks are nut butters on most anything, cold oven-roasted veggie leftovers out of the fridge, and apples.

  10. I love love love snacking – my go to snack if i’m hungry but know i have a meal coming up is a spoonful of peanut butter, it calms my hunger rages in no time 🙂

  11. i love greek yogurt parfaits! i’ve been meaning to make my own fake larabars – maybe i’ll put that on my to-do list for the weekend with Irene coming!

  12. LOL- Yup, there is pretty much no replacing Top Ramen.

  13. No doubt I am a huge snacker- I basically eat snacks, not meals. smaller oatmeal portions, chopped veggies, PB and tortillas, PB and pretzels, salsa on bagels…
    endless combinations for snacking 🙂 Plus, anything eaten out of a cute little bowl makes me smile.

  14. I love snacking! I love trail mix…it is my go to for snacking, even with the extra calories! I also love celery and salsa. So yummy!

  15. Agreed. Top Ramen is pretty delicious. I think most people who went to college are used to the flavor and texture!

  16. I’d rather snack all day than eat full meals! And I definitely agree that you shouldn’t eat a ‘healthy’ snack that you don’t actually enjoy! What’s the point?

  17. Yogurt and handfuls of almonds are my 2 go to snacks. Larabars when I’m on the road though I wish they had some more protein in them!

  18. omg I thought I was the only one who thought those noodles smelled disgusting!!! everyone raves about them but I just couldnt get past the slimy texture and smell!
    I am a total snacker though! I LOVE sweet and salty combos…emerald nuts chocolate peanut butter nut mix is like my best friend! Crackers with nut butter, greek yogurt and pretzels…clif mojo bars! oh man its making me hungry 🙂

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