If you know me, you know I'm always eating. I have a snack or a meal every few hours and have since perfected the art of snacking. It should be noted that I'm not just grazing and these are well thought out portioned snacks. You could consider me a professional snacker. A good snack needs to be: filling, taste good, convenient, and nutritionally well balanced. This can be tricky.
Also, while some may be quick to think that I must have amazing will power - let it be known that I can have the self control of a 3 year old when it comes to good food. However I've learned my triggers for crap eating and that's the first step in stopping it. When I'm tired, stressed, or bored I eat. That is a habit that will never die no matter how hard I fight it but I'm always prepared. For these reasons I will gladly pay food companies extra to pre-package my snacks whenever possible. Pretzels, almonds, and yogurt are few of the things I can buy in bulk and manage not to over indulge. Everything that does not come pre-portioned is measured or counted. 17 pretzels, 24 almonds, 1/2 cup yogurt, 1 cup cereal... etc. It sounds ridiculous but it works for me. I have a tendency to eat more carbohydrates than anything when given the options so I've recently been trying to make my snacks more well rounded and thought I would share a few of my favorites..
This is a new discovery/ favorite. I'm obsessed with avocados and guacamole but making it for one person is not ideal and again I have little self control with this yummy creation when it's in a big bowl. There are 3 packs of 100 calories each and it's loaded with good fats (yes there is such a thing)! I use it as a spread on sandwiches, veggie burgers, and have it with salsa and multigrain pita chips for a complete snack. SO GOOD.
70 calories, portable, good source of calcium, and delicious. Who doesn't love cheese sticks? Have with a small serving of crackers or almonds and you've got a complete snack.
Pretty self explanatory. Plain or with hummus they are filling and nutritious.
My personal favorite. Great for dipping veggies and pita chips, also good in wraps and sandwiches instead of mayo.
Simply stated - LOVE. 1 tablespoon plus one rice cake. Sprinkle raisins or chocolate chips if you're feeling crazy and/or earned the calories.
Perfect little snack. They also make lots of good flavors including the new buffalo wing (drool). Just be sure to count your serving! My favorite way to eat them is mixed in my yogurt, adds a nice little crunch (if you've never put almonds in your yogurt, TRY IT!)
Super convenient. There is a granola bar in purse at all times (unless of course I've eaten it for the day..). It saves you when you are out running errands or stuck in your car in traffic and your stomach starts to growl. Prevents you from over-eating when you get home. These are my 3 favorite granola bars. Very well balanced with protein and carbs and less sugar than most granola bars.
Lastly, these two little bags of heaven are my most favorite snacks in the universe. Probably because they offer little to no nutritional value. However, they aren't bad for you either. I'm a snacker at heart and these are the closest things you can find to Cheetos and potato chips that won't make your skinny jeans hide in the closet. The portion sizes are pretty generous and calories are low (Pop Chips: 22 chips 120 calories. Quakes: 18 quakes, 140 calories). They are even non-health-conscious-man approved.
I highly recommend investing in some storage bags and measuring cups. If you struggle with portion/self control like me, divide the full sizes into portion sizes when you get home from the store. It sounds silly but it works for me.