It can be hard – all this meal prepping and making sure we are staying on track with our nutrition! I totally get it. It’s easy to plan out your big meals, and then when you’re running around throughout the day, what are you going to snack on? You find yourself opening the pantry, or going to the vending machine to see what there is that you can snack on. INSTEAD, try to plan ahead your snacks through out your day, and keep that hunger controlled in between your main meals.
Here are some of my GO-TO, everyday snacks that I love! I plan in what I’m going to eat either the night before, or early in the morning and follow that plan all day long. This helps me to stay on track and keep my hunger in check!
1. PROTEIN BARS
These are such an easy thing to throw into your bag and head out the door when you’re in a hurry! I love snacking on protein bars when I need something quick, or if I’m out running errands because, if you know me, I’m hungry basically all the time haha! To fill up my macros for the day, I DO like to get my nutrients from whole foods/non packaged foods, however when you’re in a pinch and you’re hangry – grab a protein bar and go.
My favorite protein bars for this is the Peanut Butter FIT CRUNCH bars! I love how they taste, the size of them, and I love how they have full macros for a good meal! If you don’t know what that means let me tell you! The macro’s for ONE peanut butter Fit Crunch bar are: 30g Protein, 16g Fat, and 27g Carbs with only 6g of sugar. The higher fat and the full 30g of protein for just one bar will keep you full for longer! I know what you’re thinking… but we like to keep our sugars low being a Jessie’s Girl! This bar is WORTH those 6 grams, I promise you!
My second favorite protein bar to have on hand – and I usually have this one more often because it is from Costco! They are the Kirkland Protein Bars! These have lower macros, so if you’re wanting to save some macro’s for later – I’d grab this one 100%! These ones taste pretty good and I think it is so convenient that we can get a box of them at Costco!
2. PROTEIN COFFEE & PRETZELS
Another great thing to bring in your car for traveling or just running errands is a travel mug of coffee, and a bag of pretzels. BOOM. How easy does that sound! I like to mix some protein into my coffee before I leave the house. That way I am getting my protein in, and it makes for some DELICIOUS coffee.
For the protein coffee: Grab a protein shaker and add a scoop of your protein (chocolate or vanilla is good) and add enough water to just mix the scoop of protein together nicely – shouldn’t take a lot of water to do this. Take the blender ball out and warm up that mixture in the microwave until its warm. Once your protein is nice and warm, pour it into your coffee mug while stirring your coffee. It’ll create a yummy, smooth, sweet coffee drink! There’s a little “coffee cream hack” for ya! 😉
Grab some pretzels and get out the door! This snack is so awesome because you’re getting a full serving of protein in, and you can pick how many carbs you want with your pretzels. It is a little lower in fat – so that’ll save you some fat macros for dinner maybe! You could always add in some peanut butter as well!
Popcorn is probably my favorite snack of all time to have. Depending on the brand you choose, you can get a pretty good macro friendly one – just watch those sugars! It’s such a light snack too – you can pair it with a protein shake too if you want to get your protein in as well with this snack.
My favorite brand is by Popcornopolis “Nearly Naked”, and I’m able to get it at my local Costco! The macros are AWESOME and the ingredients are: popcorn, coconut oil, and salt. That’s IT!
4. RICE CAKES & PEANUT BUTTER
Another great snack for on the go is the simple rice cake, with 1 TBSP of peanut butter!
Easy enough to make a head of time and put in a Zip Lock bag, or whip up right before heading out the door. I like to use these organic brown rice cakes, that are salt-free – up your fiber a bit, while decreasing your sodium intake!
5. Make Your Own Trail/Party Mix
What I like to do is make my own trail mix, versus buying a store-bought trail mix. This way I can keep the sugars lower, and pick and choose what I want in there. I like to use:
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Rice Chex
- Pretzel Sticks
- Dark Chocolate Chips (for a little sweetness & fun)
Adding things like this into a zip lock bag can make snacking on the go easier and healthier as well! Measure out each ingredient and make it fit YOUR own macros and pick what you want in it – it doesn’t have to be what I personally pick!
Snacking healthy does NOT need to be complicated, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Grab a few easy and cheap ingredients and GO.
Let me know if you try any of these, I’d LOVE to hear from you!
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