Hey everyone! Welcome back to my blog. I wanted to share some of my favorite snacks when I’m on the go or in a hurry. As a personal trainer I am always looking for new foods that I can recommend to my clients to keep them on the track with their health and wellness goals.
Snacking can really wreck a good diet and I find most people struggle with finding healthy options that actually taste good. Here are some of my favorites! Simple, real snacking.
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Beef Jerky – My Go-To Snack
Why it’s good – Most beef jerky has great macros..what this means for you…Macros are what we consume through our food, it’s the fat, protein and carbs we use for energy everyday. Anyone watching their diet or trying to make changes to their health probably has a certain amount of macros (macronutrients) they want to reach daily. It’s hard to find prepackaged food that contains no preservatives and has a good amount of fats, protein and that’s lower in carbs. Beef and turkey jerky can be stored in your car, gym bag, anywhere you are on the go. It has protein to keep you full and fat for energy plus most brands are low in carbs. This Divine Bovine Jerky is made in my local town, uses beef raised in the United States and has no artificial ingredients or preservatives. Check them out here .
Raw Nuts – Pistachio, Macadamia and Cashews
Why it’s good – Raw nuts are another snack that can be stored almost anywhere. For myself, I find most of my poor food choices happen when I’m on the go, so if I want to be successful in my diet I have to have food I can take with me. Costco and Sprouts sell raw nuts (not roasted or salted). Watch your portion size! Here is a helpful way to measure a proper portion for different nuts. Nuts are another food that contain healthy fats, Omega 3 & 6 and protein needed for energy.
Yogurt & Cheese
Why it’s good – Protein and fats people..notice anything these snacks have in common? They are all lower in carbs and higher in protein and fats. Look for real, unsweetened yogurts. Nothing low-fat or with a flavor…I know that plain yogurt doesn’t taste the best but they add so much sugar to make it sweet! You can add your own fruit for way less sugar. Cheese is another great snack, it has nearly zero carbs. I love these Moon Cheese dried cheese snacks. Simple real ingredients. I get mine at Costco.
Protein Shakes -Yes as a Snack
Why it’s good – most people don’t get enough protein..any diet lacking a specific macro will not loose weight properly or efficiently. This is a great alternative for people who are lactose intolerant and can’t have cheese or dairy. I recommended a whey protein powder but whey contains less that %1 lactose. You can get protein shakes pre made or buy the powder you mix with water. I personally mix mine with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Protein shakes are filling and often full of other vitamins and minerals.
Baked Veggies – Even Your Kids Will Eat This
Why it’s good – these are easy to make at home, add your own flavors and they stay good in a Ziploc bag. Our personal favorites to toss in oven are sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, kale and onion. There are a few different ways to bake your veggies. I like to bake mine on low heat 240° for about 45 minutes. I use a little but of olive oil to rub down the veggies, cut them into thin strips and season. I love to use a low sodium ranch seasoning or salt and pepper. My son loves these crunchy veggies and I stick with what’s in season to keep the cost down.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Leave a comment below with your favorite healthy snack or recipe! I love learning new things from you all. Have an awesome day. Xo