Snacks on Snacks
Before beginning my HA journey, I was not much of a snacker. I would eat fruit and nut butter sometimes after a really long run, but that was about it. In October, I enrolled in Laura Schoenfeld’s ‘Get Your Period Back’ program. She suggested we determine our calorie needs via the BodyWeight Planner and track our calorie intake in MyFitness Pal. Per her suggestion, I tracked my typical food intake and learned I was grossly undereating.
(If you are struggling with similar issues, please reach out to me. I am happy to help!)
I knew I had to make a change if I was serious about my health. I started adding in snacks throughout the day to meet my calorie goals. How much I eat and what I reach for depends on my activity for the day,mood and what sounds good at the time. I’ve learned having options on hand makes snacking easier and more enjoyable.
My only advise here; listen to your body. If you’re hungry between meals, eat something. It’s OK.
Some of the favs include:
That’s It Bars
I just discovered these! I’ve been loving the Trader Joe’s fruit bars but ran out without time to stock up. I was walking through the bar aisle in Kroger and came across That’s It! They are just fruit and come in all kinds of flavors. I tried the Apple and Blueberry. Loved it.
Homemade Kale Chips
These might sound intimidating but they are really easy! I just destem a bunch of kale, spray some Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the leaves and sprinkle with sea salt and garlic powder. Then, I add the kale to my dehydrator for a few hours or until crispy. If you don’t have dehydrator, try this.
Turkey/Avocado roll ups
If I’m looking for something with a little more umph between meals, I go for a good mix of protein and carbs. A couple of pieces of turkey and a quarter of an avocado do the trick. I usually add mustard or honey mustard to the mix for the little flavor.
Jackson Honest Sweet Potato Chips with homemade guacamole
This combination is bomb. Try it with my simple guac recipe: two ripe avocados mashes, ½ cup of organic cilantro, chopped, ½ cup of diced red onion, juice of one large lime and sea salt to taste. Combine and refrigerate in an airtight container.
I eat these things all of the time. They remind me of a potato chip but less greasy. They are perfect before bed or in-between meals or when I just want something salty. I like salt. It’s a thing.
The Mediterranean variety are delicious. I love the herby flavor. Though I don’t buy them often, I am always glad when I do.
Collagen and Coffee
I know, I know. I rave about this combo and it might sound like an odd snack but hear me out. Collagen peptides have a good dose of protein and gut healing properties. I tend to drink this combo before a workout, if I don’t have an appetite when I wake up or if I’m meeting someone for brunch. I am off caffeinated coffee these days so I pair it with decaf or hot tea. Any liquid will work but I found it dissolves a lot better in warm drinks.
I’m sure I’m not the first person to say this but Kombucha is all the rage these days. Though there is a valid reason. It’s filled with probiotics that support gut health. Booch is an expensive habit, but totally worth it in my opinion. My trick to making it last long, just drink half a day.
My favorite flavors: Original, Citrus and Gingerade.
Hail Merry Snacks
I am all about their Chocolate Almond Butter cups. The chocolate ganache is to die for. Really, I would risk my life for one of these puppies. It’s another one of those, every once and awhile things for me. Keeps it fun!