A piece of fruit. A container of yogurt. A handful of almonds. Do these snacks sound familiar? And boring?
Here are some delicious, nutritious, and, most importantly, satisfying snacks that will keep both your taste buds and stomach satisfied!
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Instead of: A Larabar
Try: Sliced banana with nut butter, raisins, and cinnamon
I tend to crave something sweet in the afternoon, so I always used to reach for a Larabar or similar snack bar. It tasted delicious going down, but not even an hour later, I’d want something else to eat. For a more satisfying snack, I slice up a banana and add a scoop of nut butter, some raisins, and a couple of shakes of cinnamon. I still get my sweet snack, but this one satisfies me through the afternoon without a problem.
Instead of: A hard-boiled egg
Try: Pesto scrambled eggs with crumbled feta
I love snacking on hard-boiled eggs because the protein and healthy fats fill me up, but they tend to get a little boring. I recently started adding a tablespoon of store-bought pesto and crumbled feta to my eggs, which instantly adds flavor, variety, and nutrients to my snack without all that much extra effort!
Instead of: An apple with almond butter
Try: Sweet potato wedges with almond butter
An apple with almond butter is a wonderful snack. It’s both delicious and nutritious, but I found myself getting tired of the same old thing day after day. Eventually, I thought outside of the (snack) box and started to add almond butter to Sweet Potato Wedges. It might sound a little strange adding nut butter to sweet potatoes, but I think this snack is just as delicious and nutritious as an apple with almond butter and even more satisfying!
Instead of: A container of fruit-flavored yogurt
Try: A Greek yogurt berry parfait
Yogurt can be a great snack, but most of the varieties on the market are loaded with sugar. Instead of fruit-flavored yogurt, I like to eat plain Greek yogurt, which is packed full of satisfying protein, layered with fresh berries, granola, and nuts. The combination of ingredients keeps me full for hours, and I don’t even miss the added sugar thanks to the fresh berries. For a travel-friendly option: layer Greek yogurt, granola, and berries in a plastic container or jar with a cover.
Instead of: Hummus and baby carrots
Try: Guacamole with baby carrots and rice crackers
I love eating hummus and carrots as a snack, but after eating this combination for months and months straight, I finally got bored with it. My new favorite snack is guacamole paired with baby carrots and rice crackers for something a little different. The healthy fat in the guacamole keep my hunger at bay for hours.