I’ve put together a few of my favorite snacks that are easy to have on hand and help keep me energized, lean, and satisfied so that I don’t overeat at main meals. I usually like to have a mid morning snack and then depending on my workout and schedule for the day, will have one in between lunch and dinner. I find this afternoon snack the most important to keep from crashing and then making poor food choices as a result.

While snacks are good for you and your metabolism, it is important to use moderation and listen to your body. Be careful not to use the snack as a cheat, or an excuse to make bad choices, adding unneeded calories. But if you are hungry, small, healthy snacks are a great way to help portion control your main meals and keep both your metabolism and mind at their peak.

Overnight Chia Seed Pudding

This delicious snack is full of healthy omegas which will keep you full for hours and also allow you to look leaner and more toned. By providing your body with the proper nutrition when it comes to healthy fats, your body will not cling to unhealthy fats that come from saturated fats.

Recipe:

Makes 1 Serving

  • 1tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup of coconut milk
  • 1tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1tbsp of agave nectar, maple syrup, or honey

Depending on what flavor you want, you can add 1tbsp of cinnamon, cacao powder, or even hot chocolate or peanut butter powder for a more indulgent treat!

Optional: add 2tbsps of protein powder or collagen powder to help reach your daily protein goal.

Directions:

Mix all of the dry ingredients together and then add in the wet ingredients so it combines evenly. Put the mixture in tupperware or in a sealed mason jar overnight and enjoy the next day!

Quest Bars

If you don’t have time to prep snacks ahead of time, then a Quest Bar (or any bar under 200 calories with at least 10 grams of protein) is a great grab and go option.

Homemade Museli with Yogurt (Or a non-dairy alternative if you are allergic).

Recipe

Makes 3 Servings

  • 1/2 cup of goji berries and/or dried cherries and raisins
  • 36 almonds
  • 24 cashews
  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of yogurt (steer clear of options that are full of added sugars or fruity flavorings)

You can mix the muesli into the yogurt or have them separately!

Crispbread with Blueberries and Ricotta

Recipe

Makes 1 Serving

  • 3 Crispbreads
  • A Handful of Blueberries
  • 4oz Ricotta Cheese

Spread the ricotta over the crispbreads and top with the blueberries.

Strawberries and Cream Shake

Recipe

Makes 1 Serving

  • 1 cup of  frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups of low fat milk
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (optional)

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!

If you want to add a little texture to your shake, top it with 1/4 cup of granola!

Hummus and Veggies

Recipe

1 Serving

  • 1/4 cup of hummus
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, or any of your favorite veggies!

This is one of my favorite snacks because not only is hummus so delicious, but it helps you get in another serving of vegetables!

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