Finding the perfect snack that is healthy, just a little bit filling and also delicious can seem like an impossible task! Lucky for you, we’ve honed our snack-choosing skills over the years to help fill tiny gaps between teaching and workouts and are excited to share our favorites today. There are two guidelines we try to stick to when it comes to healthy snacking:
Choose a fruit or vegetable to provide ample nutrients to your body
Add a fat or protein for staying power
Pretty simple if you know which of these categories your foods fall into. We’ve listed some examples of our favorites below!
Sprenkel's Favorite Snacks
I pretty much just have two go-to snacks. Almost every day between my breakfast and lunch, I’ll have veggies and hummus. My favorite hummus (protein) is just the Original flavor from Whole Foods Market. I love to mix up the veggies depending on my mood - red pepper slices, broccoli and carrots usually make an appearance.
In the afternoons, especially if there’s some kind of second round of workouts for the day, I’ll have a fruit (usually apple or banana) and some kind of almond or peanut butter (fat). If I don’t have any nut butter on hand, I may have pistachios or a hard boiled egg instead. Since fruits are carbs, they are digested quickly, but adding the fat or protein to them helps me stay full until dinner time!
Teresa’s Favorite Snacks
My favorite snacks are raw and unsalted mixed nuts. Nuts are filled with healthy fat and are delicious. I love how easy it is to grab a handful on my way out the door to teach a class! My go tos are Brazil nuts, cashews, almonds and walnuts. I also love pecans!
I love to snack on fruits; mango, watermelon, blueberries, clementines, peaches, pears, cantaloupe, pretty much any fruit in season!
Another snack I keep on hand at all times, is broccoli, red/green/yellow/orange bell peppers, cauliflower, celery and tomatoes. I meal prep on Sundays and have these items in my fridge 24/7. It keeps me from snacking on Steve’s Oreos!
We hope this gives you some fresh inspiration for your daily snack ritual, or at the very least will keep you away from the vending machine! What are your favorite snacks to have on hand?