This is a list of easy and (real) healthy snack/ small meals that I have come up with for myself (and my mom who asked me to make this up for her). I have a basic formula that includes one of each- Grain, Protein, Fruit/ Veggie. So basically put together one from each category and you have your snack/ meal. Try to remember to keep food as close to it original state as possible and organic is always the best for you. Obviously though do what is best and works for you, I personally am trying to eat as organic and unprocessed as possible, but I still have my hot dog and mac n’ cheese meals, too. I have chosen not to guilt trip myself about it though. Try to buy things locally if possible as close to free range that you can find and organic as well.
My favorite grains:
- Ezekial Bread,
- Sprouted or fermented grain breads
- Whole grain bagels
- Steel cut oats or rolled oats
- Melba toast
- Popcorn (not microwave)
- Barilla Plus Pasta (or homemade if you are so inclined, I would love to try doing it myself someday)
Remember that high fiber foods slow down glucose metabolism.
- Meat (obviously, however you choose to get it, grassfed organic is best)
- Eggs (hard boiled in advance saves a lot of time)
- Yogurt (homemade and self sweetened)
- Nut butters
- Cream cheese
- Cheese sticks, wedges or slices
- Cottage cheese
My fave fruits and veggies:
- Apples (gala)
- Clementine oranges
- Banana (especially in smoothies)
- Avocado (also a good option for smoothies I just found out)
- Spinach or kale
- Raisins and other dried fruit
- Green pepper
- And so on
Another goal this year that I want to try are more smoothies, I have seen some fantastic looking recipes in my online wanderings and at Pinterest(my latest addiction).
I want to try and perfect a good Orange Cranberry smoothie similar to one I had at Panera this summer, but I would like to juice my own cranberry’s if at all possible… But I am not above just using regular old juice either. Another good one I have had is a Strawberry Lemonade smoothie, I thought it was a touch tart but oh so refreshing so I would like to play with that a bit and see what I can come up with. My primary smoothie that I make most is either Blueberry, Strawberry or Mixed Berries, a banana, some yogurt, milk, oatmeal, flax seed and occasionally some peanut butter (make it taste like a PB & J). I also found on my beloved Pinterest a couple great ideas for prepacked baggies for smoothies… which makes for more time saving when your super busy; you can read up on these ideas here and here. I think they are great for individual smoothies, I usually make enough for me and my kids because they won’t give me a minutes rest if I make just one for myself, so I might have to tweak this idea for making 4 smoothies at a time instead of one.
There are some wonderful herbal add-ins for smoothies at the Bulk Herb Store (my absolute favorite place for herbs on the web!) and a good source for getting chia seed, spirulina, flax seed, psyllium seed, and other great bulk items that may come in handy when you want a super nutritious smoothie.
What are some of your standby quick, easy, delish healthy snacks that you love? Would love it if you shared them…