Happy and Healthy Snacking

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Instead of reaching for junk food that fails to fill you up no matter how much you eat, try some of these healthy alternatives to energize your body throughout the day and satisfy your hunger!

6 oz of Non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt with flax seeds, chia seeds, and a sprinkle of cinnamon is a perfect combo to conquer your sweet tooth, fill you up, and get some healthy Omega-3s.

100-calorie popcorn bags are perfectly portioned and light for snacking while watching TV or a movie without going overboard with buttery popcorn that you shovel in your mouth mindlessly from a large bowl.

Make your own sweet potato chips by slicing them into thin rounds, tossing them in a little olive oil with a sprinkle of salt, and baking them in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Flip them over and bake another 5-10 minutes. They will become crispy chips once they cool completely!

A handful of almonds or walnuts is a holy grail to satisfy you when you’re hungry. Combine nuts with fruit for the perfect pair. I love the Sesame Honey Almonds from Trader Joe’s or Emerald 100-calorie packs.

Luna and KIND bars are healthy options for a quick and easy on-the-go snack. They come in many flavors and have gluten-free and protein ones, too.

Snapea Crisps are lightly salted and low in fat yet satisfy any salty cravings instead of the empty calories from a bag of chips.

Frozen fruit tastes like a popsicle or you can make super yummy smoothies for a refreshing drink. My favorites fruits to eat frozen are mango and mixed berries. You can buy them at the store and don’t expire as quick as fresh produce. See below for my top smoothie recipes!

Berry Good: 1/2 cup mixed berries (strawberry/blueberry/blackberry/raspberry), 2 cups almond milk, 5 ice cubes

Strawberry Banana: 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup strawberries, 2 cups almond milk, 3 ice cubes

Pina-Colada: 1 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen), 1/3 cup pineapple juice, 1/2 cup Coconut Almond Milk, 1/4 cup shredded coconut, 5 ice cubes

Protein Shake: 1 serving protein powder, 2 TBSP Pb2 Powdered Peanut Butter, 2 cups Almond Milk, 1 TBSP raw cacao powder, 5 ice cubes

Healthy additions to any smoothie or shake:

Fresh mint adds a cool refreshing taste to any drink.

Frozen kale is low in calories but rich in fiber and vitamins.

Flax seeds are packed with protein, vitamins, and essential fatty acids for a healthy heart and glowing skin.

A scoop of your favorite protein powder to fuel you with amino acids which is a great post-workout to help your muscles recover! I like Cellucor’s Cinnamon Swirl Whey Protein, 360 Nutrition’s Vanilla Latte, and Tone It Up’s Perfect Fit Protein.

Pb2 Powdered Peanut Butter or Pb2 with Chocolate has the same taste but without the calorie-dense oils. Only 1.5 grams of fat and 45 calories with 5 grams of protein per serving!

Raw cacao powder, the base ingredient of chocolate, has been shown to improve your mood as well as provide antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

 

Amy Lightbody
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Amy is currently a junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she is double majoring in Journalism and Communications and minoring in Information Technology. In her free time she loves to workout, practice yoga, paint, and scroll through Pinterest. She can't wait to share her insights from her own college experience!

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