Healthy snacking doesn’t need to be tricky. If you have ever found yourself snacking on something you wish you hadn’t, it is most likely that you forgot to take the time to pack snacks for YOU! This has made the biggest difference for me as a mom! Summer is all about being out and about, here are snacks that will fill you up without making you feel heavy or the least bit of regret!
This post was sponsored by Metamucil. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Metamucil Fiber Thins. Gut health has become more important to me than ever and getting enough fiber in my every day diet can be tricky! Metamucil Fiber Thins make the job easy by making on-the-go travel packs that come with two wafers per pack and provide the perfect late afternoon pick-me-up. I am loving the new Chocolate Metamucil Fiber Thins! Chocolate is always my go-to craving, so these are a much better choice when I feel like reaching for a cookie! They are easy to pack on the go and come in three tasty flavors: Chocolate, Apple Crisp, and Cinnamon Spice. Metamucil is the #1 doctor recommended fiber brand, so you know it is made with quality ingredients. Here’s a coupon link for them!
Sweet potato fries. Create this simple snack in a hurry! Cut a sweet potato lengthwise, and toss potato strips in oil and spices for a sweet, savory treat. If cutting up sweet potatoes leaves you in sweat, you can find fresh or frozen sweet potatoes that are already cut up and ready to be cooked! And the best news of all: A medium sweet potato has more potassium than a banana and five grams of fiber.
Hard boiled eggs. These little guys pack just the right punch of protein and really help you feel full. After two hard boiled eggs and a big glass of water I always feel so much better. One of my favorite ways to make hard boiled eggs in bulk is with the instant pot. I like to make a dozen or so in advance and use them throughout the week for easy, on-the-go snacking. Hard boiled eggs have 78 calories, 6.3 grams of protein, 5.3 grams of fat, negligible amounts of carbohydrates and no fiber. I love starting my day by eating eggs, so finding fiber packed foods to fill up the rest of the day is really important.
Greek yogurt and granola. Raspberry Greek yogurt with protein granola is a favorite in my house. The kids love it because it tastes like ice cream and it is the perfect late night snack if you have a sweet tooth. This also is full of amazing nutrients, protein and good ol’ vitamin D. Your biggest problem might be keeping it stocked in the house because it goes so fast!
Fresh veggies with hummus or veggie dip. Prep snack size bags of fresh, cut veggies for on-the-go snacking. You can buy single size serving dips of hummus, peanut butter, or make your own healthy veggie dip of ranch and plain Greek yogurt. If they are prepped and ready, you are more likely to eat them! I have the best luck of sticking to this if I prep the veggies right when I come home from the grocery store.
Cookie for her, Metamucil Fiber Thin for me!
I’m not suggesting you go without your cookie, but by packing a fiber rich snack, you won’t need to eat a whole bunch to feel full!
Protein packed trail mix. Put together your own healthy mix with your choice of whole grains, nuts, dried fruits, and sweet snack. I created my own recipe here that I love, if you are looking for some inspiration.
Deli meat wrapped in lettuce. I love to buy fresh smoked meat from the deli. Sometimes I will do different flavors of turkey and ham but my favorite is mesquite smoked turkey. Roll up a few pieces with a large romaine lettuce leaf and you are good to go! If I’m at home I’ll add a squirt of mustard to give it a little extra flavor.
Cottage cheese & apples/pears. This is something that I tried as a kid when I was at a friends house and have loved ever since. I was super skeptical about mixing the two, I don’t think we even kept cottage cheese in the house! I now LOVE turning to cottage cheese as a protein source because of how easy it is to mix with a fruit or vegetable or even top your salad with in lieu of salad dressing. 80 calories, 12 grams of protein. One medium pear touts an impressive six grams of fiber.
Fresh Fruit. Fresh fruit is naturally packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Typically, fresh fruit servings are 60-90 calories, and a great way to pack nutrients into your day without trying too hard. My favorite summer time fruits are watermelon, apples, nectarines, pears, and berries of any variety! The fresher the better, and if you can pick it in your own garden, even better!!
Protein Granola Bar Bites. These do taste a lot like Almond Joy and cookie dough, there is no “sugar” but there is honey. It easily cures a sweet tooth if you are looking for a sweet something late at night but packs a punch with the protein. I hope you love them!
Frozen Banana Smoothies. If you ever have bananas that are starting to look a bit past their prime you need to freeze them for smoothies! I like to split my bananas into halves and freeze them in a freezer bag for smoothies! One of my favorite recipes is Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie: Combine 1/2 C milk, 1/2 frozen banana, handful of spinach, 1 Tablespoon peanut butter or powdered peanut butter. If you are feeling more on the fruity side, combine 1/2 milk, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 frozen berries, and 2 tsp. honey. blend well and enjoy!
side note: if you struggle from allergies, it can be helpful to add 1 tsp of local honey into your daily diet to combat the severity of your allergies.
Frozen Protein Fruit Bars: This was a fun idea that I had to add a punch of protein to a traditional fruity treat. Of course, you could make them without protein, but it is always much healthier to make your own treats so you know exactly what is going into them.
Did you know 95% of Americans don’t get enough fiber in their diet? After taking the Metamucil Two-Week Challenge earlier this year, I am trying to make getting fiber into my daily diet more of a priority and it has made such a difference with how I feel day to day. The natural psyllium fiber in Metamucil gives you a serving of the fiber you need—but don’t always get—from your daily diet, so you can stay regular.*
How do you like to get more fiber in your diet? What are your favorite snacks? Please tell me in the comments below!
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