19 Jan

Healthy Snacking… New Year’s Resolution Take 2

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Okay, here goes: My name is Jenn, and I’m an unhealthy snacker. There… I said it. That’s the first step towards recovery, right? We’re a few weeks into the new year now, and I’m realizing that my “healthier eating” resolution has been a tad (okay more like completely) non-existent. How about you? The problem on this end of the computer: it hasn’t been a priority because there’s so much going on and an endless to-do-list that I’m always distracted with… but does that ever really change?

When I say “healthier eating” is the goal – don’t get me wrong: I love enjoying food and have no intentions of becoming a walking calorie and sodium calculator deprived of all the culinary world has to offer. BUT, I could use some serious help in the “everyday” eating department and am thinking it’s time to actually kick things into gear… Here’s the situation:

My approach to snacking right now is almost 100% “convenience” based, paired with an insane sweet tooth which often threatens a sugar-induced coma. Looking back on the past week, for example, I realized that my between-meal snacks have consisted of what has added up to a box of See’s Candies Nuts & Chews, a bag of conversation hearts (yes… Valentine candy already…eek!), tons of Hershey’s Kisses leftover from the holidays (we wouldn’t want those to go to waste, right?), and a Fiber One bar thrown in for good measure now and then (oats-and-chocolate flavored of course in case the word “fiber” threw you off).

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Ugh. After reading this back to myself, I think the only thing keeping me from massive sugar crashes is all the Diet Coke and Lo-Carb Monsters. Thanks, caffeine? (Question mark intended.)

The one thing I HAVE always been able to make a priority is this blog, so I’m thinking that if I address the issue here, I might be a tad more accountable or even get some great tips from you guys… and maybe we can inspire each other along the way. So if you have any suggestions for quick, easy & healthy snack ideas – emphasis on the easy (grab-n-go is important here) – I’d love to hear them!healthy snack ideas

Pictured below are 5 snack ideas I think I can swing, but I’d love to expand the list with your suggestions…

healthy snack ideas

1. Hummus with Pre-Cut Veggies or Baked Pita Chips
I seriously envy those people that adore vegetables and reach for the naturally. I am so, so very far away from that place… but I do love a good roasted red pepper hummus dip, so maybe that will do the trick!

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2. Campbell’s Soup at Hand

Only 80 – 150 calories, lots of different flavors to choose from, doesn’t require refrigeration, and you can just pop them in the microwave then sip as-is… perfect! Soup always fills me up too… added bonus.

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3. Apples & Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter – I do love this simple duo… and we all know what they say about an apple a day… Are there any other easy, healthy dips that pair nicely with apples?

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4. Fiber One Bars (sweet tooth satisfaction + fiber + convenience = good news)

5. Turkey & Cheese Roll-Ups – simple, quick, and protein=good


So those are some ideas to kick things off – what are YOUR favorite healthy snacks?

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Andrea SAYS:

My favorite snacks:

– Yoplait vanilla yogurt with sliced strawberries
– Pre-sliced colby jack cheese with whole grain crackers
– Dove dark chocolate with almonds (one square satisfies my chocolate craving)
– Whole wheat english muffin toasted with butter and jam
– Dried banana chips and Craisins

Hope this helps!

Reply January 23, 2009 at 11:35 pm

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