“What should I eat for a snack?”
I am asked this question often so I put together this post to show you 5 examples of some healthy delicious snacks that I often have. A typical day for me is breakfast, lunch and dinner with 2 snacks in between, But, every day is different and sometimes it is breakfast, 2 snacks, pre workout, dinner and then another snack or breakfast, lunch, pre workout snack, dinner. It just depends on what I am doing that day. Most days I have a smoothie at some point either as a meal or a snack.
A lot of folks freak out about eating too much or too little and count calories but you know what? I strongly believe that is not the way to go. I think that if you stick to these rules you will end up satisfying your mind and body as far as eating goes. (not to mention your sanity)
Eat when you are hungry (make sure it is actual hunger and not a result of being bored, dehydrated or tired) I have heard people say if you are truly hungry you will eat an apple>>point being it is not a craving or being bored or tired. If you are hungry you will want to devour that apple. Think about it.
Make sure you are drinking half of your bodyweight in oz of water daily-more if you sweat for 20 to 30 minutes or more or drink alcohol that day.
Balance your meals and snacks-each one should include carbs/fiber, protein and good fats.
After a workout get protein in your system within 30 min of finishing. Your muscles are begging for it and that is why protein powder comes in handy but if you plan accordingly you don’t have to use it.
Don’t feel guilty about certain foods. Just keep it positive and make sure you are getting your carbs, protein, fats and water balanced throughout the day. If you have a grilled cheese or some chicken wings-enjoy them and don’t punish yourself the rest of the day because you chose to enjoy those foods. You have a choice with everything you eat so don’t think good vs bad, I fell off the wagon with that meal, etc. Just be aware and chose what makes you feel healthy, alert, alive and energetic.
Focus on building muscle and the fat will go away. You are an athlete so act like one. Make your goal to be stronger, faster, lift heavier, squat lower, run/walk longer, jump higher….this is what will change your body.
Ok-finally, some snack ideas!!!
#1. A smoothie with spinach, banana, protein powder, ice and milk or water
#2. Apple slices or rice cakes or seed crackers with nut butter (1 to 2 TBSP) Right now I have cashew and sunflowerseed butter on hand.
#3. 1 cup Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup fruit-sprinkle with cinnamon, yumm!
#4. Nutritious bar-when you really are on the go this is a good option. If you are sitting at a desk or home all day then chose something from the fridge or pack from home. I do try to limit bars so that I can get more fruits and veggies in too throughout the day.
#5. Avocado and orange salad-dress with a bit of sea salt and dash of oil-whatever kind you like to use.
I would love to hear back from you on your favorite snack ideas that help you live a balanced & happy lifestyle!