I am the most basic person when it comes to snacks (especially healthy snacks), so if you’re looking for some fancy, with-a-dash-of-culinary-school snacks, this is not the place. Young adults just don’t have the time to spend on exquisite snacks.
This is for what I call my college peers that realize we don’t have enough money (or sanity yet) to spend a lot of time or money on food. But this is also for those awesome mommas out there, too, that also don’t have a lot of time to spend away from their kids 🙂
Being the very picky adult I am at times, my quick and easy snacks will help you out with snacks for your kids (if you have any). Sticking to the basics sometimes works in clutch!
I list the health benefits to all the snacks listed below, just to educate ya a little more, ya know what I’m saying? 😉
Calling all the college kids (talk about parties!)–one big perk about eggs that I recently found out is that they are one of the best foods to eat before drinking, because they can help your liver out with the alcohol you consume. I thought that was fascinating (I try to take as much care of my body as I can) and thought I’d share it as I know partying is a biiiiiiig deal nowadays 🙂
Anyways, eggs have high quality protein which makes it a great post-workout meal when you really need that protein to help build muscle (and keep you toned!). I also enjoying eating these in the morning since I don’t have a giant appetite before work, and they keep me full.
Eggs also have a lot of minerals and vitamins to help nourish your body and keep it healthy. They help keep your bones strong, too!
Put eggs in cold water with salt (this makes it easier to peel the shell off), and heat to a boil. Boil for one minute, and then cover with a lid, and leave it to the side for 10-15 minutes.
Ask my boyfriend and you’ll hear that I have at least one bowl of popcorn a week, freshly made. Popcorn is very light (and doesn’t have many calories–win!), which helps prevent you from looking bloated if you overeat it, and it keeps me full between meals. I don’t crave candies or chocolate if I eat popcorn, and it’s not high in calories, either. It’s one of those awesome snacks I used to eat as a kid, that I still can without feeling bad about it.
I only add salt to my popcorn, sometimes butter, too, but you can even eat it plain and it’ll still taste good. Companies also make salts you can put on popcorn so that they are tastier and still low-calorie!
Still don’t see any nutritional value to popcorn? One of the many perks of eating it, aside from it being low calorie, is that it’s high in fiber. You can read more about the fiber values as well as other things you may not know about popcorn on Canada’s Best Health Mag here (Canada, eh?).
Apples and PB/Almond Butter
Who didn’t have this as a kid?
If you like PB, use natural peanut butter–where the ingredients are only peanuts, so that you don’t have any of that added stuff (you’d be surprised what brands add sugar and salt). Almond butter is the better alternative, but they’re both filled with monounsaturated fat, which helps reduce your chances of heart disease, so choose which you one like 🙂
Nuts are a great source of healthy fat and carbs, like apples, keep you full. If I eat an apple, even by itself, I am almost immediately full after finishing it, and it helps keep my sugar pangs at bay (I am a sugar junkie, if you can’t tell yet). I like to eat this combo before a workout or after cardio (like sprints!).
My fave. Absolutely.
How is this healthy????? You might be asking yourself. I almost always only drink chocolate milk after a workout, because the protein and carbs it has will help you recover from your workout. I’ve done this since I started working out about two years ago, and there are actually articles on chocolate milk as a post workout snack.
Try to find a chocolate mix that isn’t too high in sugar. That’s a bit harder.
While I don’t always drink this after a workout (again, it’s more for a post-cardio meal for me, and I don’t really do a lot of cardio by itself), it does fill me up. And I get my chocolate fix, and some good ‘ol dairy.
After post-strength training, I’ll make protein shakes instead, but we’ll talk about that in a later post.
Homemade Trail Mix
Cashews, almonds, dark chocolate, dried unsweetened coconut. All healthy fats. As long as you keep it a small portion, you’ll be golden (it’s so tasty, though, that it’ll be hard to put down, haha).
Fats will keep you feeling fuller longer, so these types of mixes can allow me to feel satisfied if I know I won’t be eating for a couple more hours. They’re tasty, almost too tasty, but hey, treat yourself 😉
I got so addicted to edamame a couple years ago that I actually began to get an allergic reaction from it! But now that it has thankfully passed, I eat edamame a lot. They’re a good source of veggies and help you feel full between meals, while providing your body the nutrients it needs. I find vegetables very hard to eat as a snack on their own, but edamame is just different for me. Maybe because it’s fun to pop them out of the shell? Who knows!
According to Authority Nutrition, edamame is high in protein and is chock full of vitamins and minerals. It can also help prevent certain cancers (say what?!) which you can read more info about on their website 🙂
These are just some of my favorite snacks, and they’re all very easy (and in fact cheap) to make. I don’t have a lot of money to spend on food, so I try to work with the things I already buy on a regular basis (which gives you an insight as to what I buy in the grocery store). Plus, none of these items (except maybe nuts) are really expensive.
What are some of your favorite snacks?