I love snacking! It is, by far, my biggest weakness when it comes to fitness and healthy nutrition. But I am here to tell you, there are ways to silence that rumbling tummy the healthy way, from the best vending machine options to energy-boosting supersnacks.
Find out how to put down the potato chips (and ice cream, and leftover birthday cake…) and turn that late-night snacking cycle into a healthy habit.
Fruit and Yogurt
Fresh fruit provides carbohydrates for quick energy. Pineapple, orange and kiwi fruit are packed with vitamin C, a powerful nutrient for joints and connective tissue that also boast antioxidant properties. Yogurt and almonds add protein and healthy fats to make this fruit salad super satisfying. Enjoy for a mid-day snack a few hours before your afternoon workout. A good tip is to add an extra scoop of Whey Protein Isolate, for an extra boost.
Savory Snack Dip
Hummus delivers a winning combo of protein and healthy fats from beans and tahini. Chickpeas are full of fibre, iron and vitamin B. Make a large batch of hummus early in the week and enjoy a nutrient-rich fresh veggies or fibre-filled whole grain pita chips for dipping.
Muscle Food has a great option for a Light Tahini alternative, rich in nutrition.
One 72-calorie egg contains just 1.6 grams of saturated fat and a multitude of nutrients. Many of these nutrients are found in egg yolk, so eat both yolks and whites to take advantage of all the health benefits. Eggs got a bad rap for relatively high cholesterol, but new research shows they can be part of a healthy diet when consumed in moderation around an active lifestyle.
Even though the above mentioned items are great for light snacking, I still have a craving for chips, ice cream and cookies. Muscle Food has a great, separate selection for snacks – some of my favorite are: