All the healthy-living gurus have a saying for when they fall off the dietary wagon: snaccident. And while most will tell you that it’s not the end of the world, etc., you’re still left with the feeling that snacking, as a rule, is bad.
Not so. Not so at all. In fact, you should have snacks as part of a diet that values mindful eating all day long. Your body, especially if you’re exercising regularly, needs regular fuel to work at its best. That means snacks are part of an overall diet plan — and just like the meals, should be carefully curated to help you meet your lifestyle and fitness goals.
Tackling real-life hunger in … real life
So OK, it’s 3 p.m., you’re about to fall over. Your dietary day thus far has been a low-carb, high-protein miracle, and you don’t want to load up before a cardio workout when you leave the office. Have some snacks prepped and ready to go for this scenario, as well as others that pop up from morning to night.
A few suggestions:
- Apple or banana with peanut butter: What could be easier? Peel a banana or slice an apple, smear on some peanut butter and knock it back. Easy and tasty.
- Popcorn: No, not the movie stuff. Air=pop some kernels and eat it plain, or maybe with just a little olive or coconut oil drizzled on (a little = one teaspoon per two popped cups)
- Ants on a log: If you don’t recall these from childhood, time for some remedial education. It’s peanut butter inside a celery stick, with a few raisins on top. Mix it up with almond or sunflower butter and dried cranberries or cherries.
- Veggies and hummus: The unsung workhorses of the snack world, but they’ll give you a nutritious perk that is long-lasting and calorically friendly.
- Hard-boiled egg: Proteins, vitamins, and all packed in a no-mess shell. Make several and stockpile them at home and work (salt and pepper if you must but go easy on the salt).
- Almonds: These, or really any kind of mixed-nut combo, are great for protein and fiber, as well as some quick energy.
Snacks, like meals, are only as good as you make them. If you want maximum impact on energy and wellness without the drag of fat, sugar and unnamable ingredients, then keep it simple. Real food that you can pronounce, and just a few components.
And it’s not hard. Meals and snacks can be planned well in advance, and if you’re slammed for time we can help. My Pure Life has plenty of meal options (and yes, snacks!) as well as a team of smart, funny and affirming coaches you really like talking about goals, exercise, nutrition and how great-tasting food can also be good for you.
We’ve done the hard work of creating food that you’ll enjoy preparing and eating. Talk to us at My Pure Life about how our system works, and how we can plug into your goals and help you meet them.