This is the hard part of any diet: snacks. I can make good choices for meals, but when snack time hits, my senses usually go out the window. Again, this is a time when a list of what you like to eat is helpful. My list looks like this:
- Smoothies with flax seed*
- Clif bars*
- Kind bars (preferably, Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate kind, they are great when you need something sweet!!)*
- Oatmeal (brown sugar or apples and cinnamon added in is a sweeter variation!)*
- Peanut Butter Crackers*
- ‘Simply Salted’ brand Popcorn
- Vegetables with hummus or creamy Italian dressing as a dip
- Roasted Cinnamon Sugar Chick Peas*
- Roasted Cauliflower
- Whole Grain Pasta Salad
- Garden Salad
- Fruit Salad*
- Toast with jelly or peanut butter *
I have had the soy variation of ice cream, So Delicious, in addition to the coconut milk variation. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t fill you up and also can be quite expensive. There is also vegan chocolate chips and chocolate chip cookies (Enjoy Life brand). Those I haven’t tried, but they can be expensive too. The key with this kind of stuff is to get it when it’s on sale, and let it be a novelty item, not a daily staple. (plus, it’s processed anyways, and not so much a whole food).
My issue is sweets. I love sweet stuff, and that is when I break down and grab the stuff I know I shouldn’t eat. The * beside some of the food items on my list show things that can cure my sweet tooth. There is a lot more than I thought!
Some of the things on my list are processed (like the Clif bars), but they hold me over so well that I don’t mind. They also are expensive, but…sometimes I will spend more on something if I know it is worth it. In this case, having a handy bar to eat when I’m really hungry is helpful. I’ll make sure I have the extra in my grocery budget to account for them.
Some things too are higher in calories (nuts), but if I stick to a serving size then I’m ok in the calorie department.
The main thing is buying snacks that make you feel better and hold you over longer. A bag of chips may taste good, but they don’t hold me over long. And if I eat enough to make myself feel full, I don’t feel well afterwards. So, when you are not hungry, make a list of what snacks work for you. Ask yourself:
- Is it a whole food or mostly a whole food? Or do I have to read a long paragraph of weird words on the ingredient list?
- How do I feel after I eat the food? Even with my processed Clif bar, I feel great after I eat it, so it makes my list.
- Will it cure my sweet or salty tooth?
Another great thing is flax seed. Ground, you can add it to smoothies and get some fiber in an otherwise super sugary (but naturally sugared) snack. It helps me stay full after drinking a smoothie.
There it is! Snack foods that work for me! I’m curious, what works for you? I’m always looking for new snack ideas!!