Real Food Snacks

April 6, 2013

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I’m a snacker.  I can’t help it.  And it turns out it’s good to snack, as long as you are snacking on things that nourish and energize your body.  Eating fruits and vegetables is completely guilt free in my book, and I try to eat a ton of them every day!  When I first started eating more vegetables, I literally bought veggie trays at Wal-mart and set them out on my kitchen island to snack on in the afternoon, much my like my bowls of frozen fruit!  I swapped the ranch dip for hummus.  I don’t know why, but for some reason a veggie tray was more appetizing to me at the time than buying individual vegetables…I’m so weird!  My strategy worked though and now I literally love raw vegetables.  Noah and I are both obsessed with hummus.  I’m thinking about doing a video tutorial making homemade hummus…would you like that? 
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In Weight Watchers we learned that we will eat what is in our house and we will always reach for what we can see when we open our refrigerators and pantries.  This inspired me to literally throw away things that I knew were not good for me.  I remember coming home from a girls night where I was given several cupcakes to take home.  A big victory in my journey was throwing them all in the trash can before I walked into my house.  This may sound extreme, but for me, it was so empowering to make a choice to throw away something that was not good for my body.  I would have eaten every single one if I brought them into my house, but throwing them away showed me that I am completely responsible and in control of what comes into my home and what goes into my body.  Try throwing something bad for you away…it feels great! ;o)*
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Below are snacks we eat on any given day….I try to keep it simple. We don’t need a million options for snacks in our pantry.  We only need food that energizes us so we can focus on other things besides food!  Here is what we snack on:

Raw celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, and cucumber dipped in Hummus

Clementines, bananas, apples, grapes, berries, pears

Hummus

Almonds

Dried cranberries

Ak-mak crackers (ah, just discovered these!) or Brown Rice Cakes with Almond Butter (and honey if we’re feeling fancy)

Granola Balls– With almond butter instead of PB and dried cranberries in lieu of chocolate chips

Larabars– I sometimes eat one for breakfast with some fruit when I’m in a hurry.  If it’s for a snack, I will split it with Noah.  They are small but filling.  These bars are gluten free and dairy free, non GMO, and have the shortest ingredient list you have ever seen on a granola bar.  For instance, the ingredients for the Cashew Cookie flavor are “cashews, dates”…that’s it!  My favorite is the Coconut Cream Pie!

Blue corn tortilla chips with salsa (fat-free salsa is 0 points for WW…it’s all veggies…PLEASE let me know if you have a recipe for a pico de gallo type salsa)

Whole grain pretzels and hummus

I’ve also been playing around with some recipes from the blog My Whole Food Life.  She has some great snack ideas!

What do you like to snack on?  What are your kids favorite fruits and vegetables?

*Just FYI, I definitely eat cake, cupcakes and other special treats on special occasions in moderation.  I don’t think there is anything wrong with indulging on occasion!  However I don’t need these treats sitting around my house because this is how sugar addictions form and I never want to lose my new taste for real food again.  And can I just tell you how giddy I am about the Keller Farmers Market opening in less than a month!!!!

  • Joanna

    Yes please hummus tutorial!!! I threw away an entire brand new bag of Starburst jelly beans I got in my Easter basket! Painful! But also felt good!!!

    • Oh wow, that’s amazing!!!! I’ll try and post a tutorial within the next week!