Thursday, March 24, 2016

Clean Eating Snack Ideas

It's so easy to fall into the junk food trap because when you are needing a quick snack, let's face it, junk is easy.  It's already prepared in a handy little bag or box, probably months or even years in advance, hence all the preservatives.  But, those quick and easy packaged snacks are usually laden with sodium, refined sugars or flours, artificial flavorings, and numerous preservatives, and they are NOT deemed clean.  Don't let your need for something fast, derail your progress in eating healthier.  There are plenty of speedy snack options, we just may need to get a little creative.  And, I find that if you take a little time to prep food ahead of time, you can have all your snacks ready for grab-n-go ease.  For example, when you get home from the grocery store, wash and cut up your veggies.  I store mine in airtight Snapware containers.  I find that produce will last 2 times as long when I store them this way.  I like to store my celery and carrots in water, as it rehydrates them and keep them fresh and crispy.  You can also prep ahead by portioning out the dry snacks, like nuts.  Check the nutrition label for serving sizes --- a serving of nuts is not very much and you can very likely over-indulge if you are not conscious of this.

Here are some suggestions of healthier, cleaner snack options:
1. Carrots with hummus
2. Fresh fruit
3. Ants on a log (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
4. Trail mix
5. Dried fruit
6. Popcorn
7. Veggies and homemade dip
8. Hard boiled eggs
9. Greek yogurt with honey and berries
10. Cheese stick
11. Apples with peanut butter
13. Cottage cheese
14. Homemade fruit popsicles
15. Frozen grapes
16. Granola
18. Fruit and veggie smoothie
19. Quinoa and avocado
20. Steamed edamame

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