There are many studies out there saying that one should eat six small meals a day to lose or maintain weight. Experts believe eating smaller meals, more often, helps to prevent overeating and encourages people to eat smaller portions. It also helps boost metabolism and regulate blood sugar levels, helping people to keep their energy levels steady.
Eating that way is definitely a great way to eat if you are mindful of how much you are eating at one time (it’s easy to eat more than you think you’re eating so be careful!).
However, eating that way isn’t for everyone. And that’s okay. Personally, I tend to eat three bigger meals throughout the day, with a couple of snacks in between.
Depending on how big my meals are, sometimes I will have a snack between meals and sometimes I won’t. I listen to my body and if I’m hungry, I’ll eat something, but if I’m not, I don’t. I don’t (or at least I try not to) just eat for the sake of eating.
Snacking itself isn’t bad if you choose healthy snacks. Unfortunately there are lots of unhealthy snacks out there trying to lure us (like those 100 calorie snack packs—those are not healthy so don’t be tricked!). And be careful because many snacks that appear to be healthy have lots of added sugar. Check the ingredient list to be sure sugar (including brown rice syrup, evaporated cane juice, etc.) isn’t one of the first ingredients.
Today I thought I would share with you some of my favorite snacks to help give you some ideas for healthy options when you need something to tide you over until your next meal.
In order for the snack to tide you over, it is important that it have some combination of carbs (which are not only grains, but fruits and veggies too), healthy fats (i.e. nuts, avocado), fiber, and protein. Fiber, fat, and protein take longer to digest so they will help tide you over for longer.
23 Healthy Snack Ideas for Mindful Eating
- Protein Energy Bites (Sesame Almond and Chocolate Cherry)
- Homemade Popcorn (There are so many fun toppings you can add that won’t add a ton of extra calories—check out my blog post on it ).
- Sliced apple with nut butter of your choice (You can dress it up with raisins and/or coconut!)
- Small handful of nuts and dried fruit (Be careful the dried fruit isn’t sweetened with sugar. Check the ingredients because sugar is often listed!)
- Lara Bars/Kind Bars/18 Rabbits Bars
- Granola with Almond Milk (Homemade Granola and Chock Full of Nuts Grain-Free Granola)
- Frozen Grapes
- Raw Veggies (Carrots, Celery, Pepper Slices, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cherry Tomatoes) with Red Pepper & Walnut Pesto
- Whole Wheat Pita (or Pita Chips) or Raw Veggies with Hummus
- Half an Avocado with seasoning salt or Balsamic Vinegar and EVOO
- Sliced Tomato with a little bit of mozzarella, fresh basil leaves, and a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar (A mini caprese salad!)
- Roasted Chickpeas (Toss with olive oil and seasonings–my favorite is with cumin seeds and cayenne–and roast at 425°F for about 20 minutes)
- Fresh Fruit Salad (but don’t add any sugar!)
- Half a Banana with nut better of your choice (For a special treat add mini chocolate chips )
- Light Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
- Homemade Kale Chips
- Clementine and Small Handful of Walnuts
- Grapes and 1 stick of light mozzarella string cheese
- Whole Grain Tortilla Chips or Black Bean Chips with Salsa
- Small bowl of cereal with almond milk (Make sure the cereal has less than 10 grams of sugar per serving)
- Mini berry smoothie with 1/4 cup of juice, 1/4 cup of yogurt, 1/4 cup of berries, and 1/2 a frozen banana (For an extra healthy boost add some spinach! I promise you won’t even taste it ).
- Hard boiled egg mashed with a dash of light mayo, mustard, and salt on a slice of whole-wheat bread
What’s your favorite healthy snack? Leave me a comment and let me know. I’d love to hear your ideas!!Pin It