Whether you’re snacking because you’re bored or because you simply need some fuel to get through your next task, it’s important to listen to your body. A good strategy to give your body what it needs is to track what you consume and how much energy you use up each day. Keeping this in the back of your mind before you eat is a good habit to maintain your health.
Mindful eating takes practice. If you want to be more mindful when it comes to eating foods that keep you full and nourished, try splitting your daily food intake throughout the day with three meals and two snacks. Whenever you get hungry, try one of these healthy snack ideas.
Greek yogurt dip with apples
Greek yogurt is full of protein, making it a great snack that will keep you full. Put a serving of yogurt in a bowl, sprinkle some cinnamon and drizzle a little honey over the top. Mix it up and dip in your apple slices. If you are looking to bulk or want something more filling, try adding some peanut butter to the yogurt before you mix it.
DIY trail mix with nuts and dried fruits
Store-bought trail mixes such as those with M&M’s taste great, but the added sugar can make you feel tired. Try making your own at home by combining your favorite raw ingredients and dried fruits. Consider adding some traditional ingredients such as chocolate or yogurt chips, but be sure to be mindful as you mix up your recipe.
Eat off a stick with fruit and cheese kabobs
Take advantage of fresh fruit this summer with bamboo skewer kabobs. Chop your fruit into bite-sized pieces and pierce them with your skewers. Be creative with cheese bites — adding a few will add some protein to your snack. You can also try dipping or drizzling your kabob with peanut butter, honey or a yogurt sauce.
Baked pineapple, apples or peaches
This is a must-try snack for anyone with a sweet tooth. Cut your fruit into bite-sized pieces and coat with cinnamon or cinnamon sugar. Bake them until they’re soft and warm. These are a great snack plain or with a little yogurt and honey.
Blend anything you want, and call it a dip
Start with a base. Avocados, black beans, garbanzo beans and Greek yogurt are a few ideas. Add flavors using spices, pastes and other toppings. Then, blend until smooth. Make sure to taste before you serve with veggies, fruits or chips!
Healthy snacking doesn’t have to be boring, especially if you try one of these recipes.