Healthy Snacks as Meal Prep
Eating healthy and living well means meal prepping your full meals for the week so that you have them on hand and ready to go every day. It also means prepping your healthy snacks for the day so that you are less tempted to eat junk foods or candy from vending machines and convenience stores between your meals. Meal and snack prepping not only keeps you healthy by keeping you away from fattening and sugary foods but it also helps you to save money by bringing your food with you everyday so that you don’t waste money on vending machine snacks or going out to a sit down or fast food restaurant for lunch or dinner. If you are new to prepping your healthy snacks for the day and looking for a few suggestions to get you started, you’re in luck. Here are our four favorite healthy snacks as meal prep.
Hummus And Vegetables
When you’re changing up your snacking style to include healthier foods hummus and vegetables can be your best friends, especially if you love chips and dip. That’s because the crunch of the vegetables satisfy your desire for those crunchy chips while the creamy deliciousness of the hummus takes over the job of your previously fattening dairy based dips. Whether you stock up on store bought pre packaged hummus or choose to make your own homemade variety you will enjoy the healthy benefits of protein packed chickpeas in a smooth and tasty dip that goes perfectly with any vegetable. Seriously. Dip carrots, bell peppers, celery, broccoli, cucumbers, snap peas, cherry tomatoes and even radishes into your hummus to create one of the most savory healthy snacks you’ve ever tasted.
Nut Butter And Fruit
Pack in those healthy fats and healthy snacks when you pack up your meal prep bags with some nut butter and fruit. Different nut butters will provide you with different nutritional values, which is why it is so important to read the nutrition labels and decide which is best for you based on what your health, fitness and dietary goals are. For instance Almond butter tends to be high in heart healthy monounsaturated fat but low in sugars, while Walnut butter is high in omega-3 fatty acids but is lower in protein. Regardless of which nut butter you choose to pair with your fruit though, know that this healthy snack is a real treat. The sweet and savory combination will tantalize your tastebuds and have you counting down the hours until it’s time for your next prepped snack. Nut butters pair nicely with a variety of fruits such as bananas, apples, mangos, kiwi, pears and figs.
Cottage Cheese And Fresh Berries
Cottage cheese is packed with calcium and protein that your body needs post workout to repair torn muscles. Not to mention it’s delicious. Like most dairy based products you can choose the fat content of your cottage cheese from fatfree to 4% full fat depending on your dietary needs. Adding in a few fresh berries to your cottage cheese sweetens it up a bit while maintaining the integrity of these healthy snacks. Include blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries or cranberries to your cottage cheese to not only help sweeten up your snack a bit, but also to add vitamins, fiber, carbohydrates and other nutrients to your diet.
Guacamole And Whole Grain Crackers
Your snacks don’t have to be fat-free, low calorie or low carb to be healthy snacks. They just have to provide your body with necessary nutrients without adding in too much sugar, preservatives or saturated fats. For instance guacamole is high in fat but the fats it contains are heart healthy. It also happens to be a good source of fiber which your body needs to keep your digestive tract running smoothly and which also helps to keep you feeling fuller longer. Whole grain crackers contain complex carbohydrates which provide your body with long lasting energy for the day without spiking and dipping your blood glucose levels (like simple carbohydrates) resulting in an energy crash.
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