A healthy and timely snack is a key element to good health! Why? Well, when my stomach growls, it is telling me it is time to eat – that it needs fuel! So I give my body 100-200 calories of good food to get me to lunch or dinner. If I ignore it, well, that doesn’t mean I’m not hungry anymore. It means that my body goes into survival mode and begins breaking down muscle to fuel my body. In my house we call this self-cannibalism. Ewww!
My body works best when it is fueled with clean healthy food. So I eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up and then every 3 hours throughout the day until about 7:00 in the evening. Generally, I have three meals with good protein and low/no processed carbs and two to three snacks. This sustained fuel keeps me going after long-runs, heavy weights, chasing two kids around, volunteering and working.
Some of my favorites are:
1 cup of strawberries with a bit of whipped cream
1/2 cup of watermelon with a touch of chili pepper sprinkled on top
one sliced apple with cinnamon sprinkled on top
celery and carrots with a yogurt dill dressing
celery and fresh almond butter
hard boiled egg
smoked salmon on cucumber
homemade sweet potato hummus with cucumber and peppers
The combinations are endless… thank goodness. And I’m heading my kids down this path too. Their favorites are the apples with straight cinnamon and hard boiled eggs. (Have you mastered the quick peel technique using a mason jar?)
Keeping natures fast food on hand, clean, portioned out and ready to eat will keep your body fueled and healthy! What’s your favorite healthy snack?