Back in April I started working at a gym and found myself prepping snacks the evening before my early morning shifts. If I want to make it through the day without feeling famished, I need to include snacks in my lunch bag to dig into in the morning before lunchtime since breakfast often occurs at 5 a.m.! I also frequently need something to snack on after lunch and after I teach my afternoon water fitness class.
I’m also trying to get better and better about drinking lots of water throughout the day. Now that I’m teaching a water fitness class in the middle of the day in the stifling Florida heat, I’m sweating more than ever and need to stay hydrated. I try to make sure to drink a big glass of water before every meal and snack and carry a water bottle with me everywhere. I love adding sliced cucumber, lemons and limes or strawberries to water for a little flavor.
When it comes to snack time, I try to include protein in my snacks to help keep me full and do my best to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. I also like the grab-n-go convenience of trail mixes and granola, so I try to enjoy healthier versions of these snacks. And you know I love my peanut butter!
Below you will find some of my favorite snacks to bring to work. (No microwave required!)
- Greek Yogurt with Nuts and Chia Seeds
This snack is creamy, crunchy and protein-packed. Another benefit? According to a Harvard review, nuts such as walnuts may help lower cholesterol and cardiovascular risk.
- High Fiber, Whole Grain Cereal and Nut Trail Mix
When I’m in the mood for something slightly sweeter, I opt for a homemade trail mix made with high fiber, whole grain cereal, nuts and yogurt-covered almonds. A few of the yogurt almonds add a kick of sweetness that satisfies my sweet tooth while also providing my body with healthy fats and a bit of protein.
I made these last week and they were perfectly portable and poppable. In less than 30 seconds, I can pop into the break room, grab two of these oatmeal walnut date balls and head out to meet with my next client. A super-fast snack!
- Fresh vegetables with homemade tzatzki sauce or hummus
This lighter snack is one of my favorites to eat right before I have to teach my group exercise class. It doesn’t sit heavy in my stomach and is an easy way to incorporate vegetables into my diet. Fresh peppers and cucumbers are my favorite because they’re extra hydrating. According to SHAPE magazine, bell peppers are 92 percent water!
- Granola Bar or Whole Wheat English Muffin Topped with Peanut Butter
As a big-time peanut butter lover, you know I’m all about this snack. Healthy fats and whole grains. Nice and filling!
I cannot get enough of this stuff! I love sprinkling it on top of Greek yogurt or cottage cheese and make a big batch of the granola couple of times a month to have on hand for easy snacking. The ingredient list is short and includes stuff I almost always have on hand in the pantry.
- Fresh Fruit with Nuts or Nut Butter
Another hydrating snack, and one of my favorites to eat right after I’m done teaching water fitness! There’s something so refreshing about cold grapes and I make sure to eat them with a handful of nuts for some staying power.
- Cottage Cheese with Fresh Berries and Cinnamon
I know many people are creeped out by cottage cheese, but I love the stuff. Adding a dash of cinnamon really kicks up the flavor! I’ll also often add some chopped nuts to this snack for some healthy fats.
- Hard Boiled Eggs with Veggies
Does anyone else always seem to forget about hard boiled eggs as a great protein-packed snack food? They fell off my radar for a while, but they recently made a come back and I am loving them!
Question of the Morning
- What healthy snack have you been loving lately?
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