Everyone that knows me knows my snack obsession. At any time you can find at least five different snacks in my bag, and I would never leave the house without one on hand. Curious about what my favorite go to snacks are and why I think they are Registered Dietitian approved?
Linzy’s top 5 go to snacks and why
- Bars. Although bars are tricky since many are glorified candy bars, the right bar could be the perfect snack to help you make it from lunch until dinner. When choosing a bar for a snack, I recommend clients look for ingredients they recognize, less than 230 calories, at least 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. My favorites include Pure Organic Bars and Lara Bars.
- Nut butter. If you asked me my favorite food, the answer would be nut butter! I love peanut butter and almond butter anything. Both peanut butter and almond butter make a great snack. When I am on the go, I often pack Justins or Artisana almond butter packets to have with a piece of whole wheat bread, an apple or a banana. Nut butter paired with whole wheat bread, an apple or a banana provides the winning snack combination of protein and carbohydrates.
- Trail mix. Trail mix can accommodate many tastes and it is so easy to make your own. Just take your favorite nuts, seeds and dried fruit and combine them. I usually keep it simple and mix raw unsalted almonds and yellow raisins. When snacking on nuts it is important to pay attention to portion control. Remember, 1 ounce of nuts is a serving.
- Hummus. Although not a snack you will usually find in my bag, hummus is something I will often snack on at home. I like to pair hummus with a combination of carrots, cucumbers and some pretzel shells. The combination of protein from the hummus, and carbohydrates from the pretzels and vegetables always holds me until my next meal.
- Graham Cracker sticks. Although not the most nutritious of my favorite snacks, I would be lying if I did not include these on my top five snack list. I buy the individual bags from the brand Back to Nature to keep my portions well controlled. These are great for when I crave a sweet snack in the morning, and they are made with all familiar ingredients, which is important for me.
I recommend small, frequent meals and snacks to prevent overeating at any meal. My snacking rule of thumb is to combine protein with carbohydrates and fiber to help keep you full. What is your go to snack?