Healthy Snacking


My family, friends and patients often ask me: "What are some healthy and easy snacks you recommend?" I find that healthy snacks are one of the more difficult  things to come up with for people when moving towards a whole food diet. Learning a few staple snacks will definitely get you moving in the right direction. The key to healthy snacking is planning ahead. Try to prepare snacks at home or if on the run stop at a health food store and grab a wholesome snack.  

My personal favorite snacks include:
  • Hummus and vegetables - watch out for added preservatives in store bought hummus 
  • Apple slices with almond/peanut butter
  • Nuts and Seeds - make your own trail mix try adding: almonds, cashews, organic and unsulphured raisins, apricots or cherries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and/or cacao nibs
  • Elevate Me or Organic Food Bar Protein bars
  • Protein smoothie (see our previous post)
  • Fresh, organic and seasonal fruit
  • Fresh pressed juice 
  • Brown rice cakes with almond butter & apple butter or apple butter & avocado 
  • Coconut water 



It is important to note that a lot of time the sensation of "hunger" may not be true hunger. In Western culture, what we call hunger is often a manifestation of an emotion. When "hunger" hits, be mindful and ask yourself: What am I really feeling? Am I hungry or am I feeling sad/nervous/anxious/angry? This awareness can help you tell the difference between true hunger and emotional hunger.  If you want to learn more about what motivates hunger and how to cultivate mindful eating check out the book Savor by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Make sure you snack mindfully and in a distraction free environment (this means no TV, computer, Ipad or cellphone!) 

I would love to know what some of your favorite whole food snacks are so please comment below!

Best in health,
Kate 

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1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds delicious thanks, these will be helpful as I am horrible at packing healthy snacks!

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