Raise your hand if you’ve noticed yourself snacking more than normal while working from home… I don’t know what is, maybe it’s the fact that the refrigerator is steps away from my workspace, but I noticed I was snacking a ton the first couple of weeks I was working from home.
I’m actually not against snacking. I believe everyone’s metabolism and body needs are different. Some people function better without snacks, while some people need a little something to hold them over until dinner. Brandon is someone who can go hours without snacking (he even does intermittent fasting every now and then). I’ve always needed an afternoon snack myself. So my advice here is, listen to your body.
If you’re like me and need a little something throughout the day, this post is for you! I’ve put together a list of healthy, plant-based snacks you can have throughout your workday that are guilt free!
Here’s my philosophy with snacks: keep it simple! For me, the entire point of a snack is something I can grab and go and get back to work. If you’re looking for a list of elaborate snacks, this post isn’t for you.
Before I give you the list, I want to share two tips for snacking. The first is – DRINK YOUR WATER! We all know water is good for us. And by now, I’m sure you’ve heard that sometimes your body mistakes thirst as hunger. So drink your dang water, it’ll help keep you full and hydrated. The next tip is to experiment with adding a healthy fat to your snack. I find that adding a little fat (nut butter, avocado) satisfies my tastes buds and holds me over until dinner. You definitely want to keep your healthy fat in moderation, but I encourage you to experiment and see how adding a healthy fat makes you feel. Remember, bio-individuality is key here! Everyone is different, meaning everyone is going to need different nutrients to feel like their best selves.
Alright, let’s jump into the list:
The Classic: Veggies + Hummus
I have to start with this no-brainer snack, because I eat this 3-4 days a week. I love keep sliced veggies like cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots, and celery on hand to make for an easy snack. I grab my precut veggies and the hummus from the fridge – and BOOM I have a snack! Don’t be afraid to try different flavors of hummus. My fav is roasted red pepper hummus!
Last week I even made a batch of homemade cilantro jalapeno hummus since we ran out of store-bought hummus.
Another Classic: Fruit + Nut Butter
I’m also including this classic snack because this is what I eat the days I’m not eating the veggies and hummus lol. I love slicing a banana or apple and dipping it in almond butter. Sometimes I’ll add coconut flakes, vegan dark chocolate chips, or even a sprinkle of cinnamon. If I’m out of store-bought nut butter, I’ll make my own homemade almond butter with a food processor.
“Avocado Toast” Wrap
This is such a great snack, that sometimes I even have it as lunch! I love smashing avocado on an ezekial wrap or whole grain tortilla. Top with black beans and a heavy sprinkle of “everything but the bagel” seasoning. Squeeze some lemon juice on top and it’s ready to eat. IT’S AMAZING!
Fruit + Handful of Nuts + Dark Chocolate
This is my ideal snack if I’m craving something sweet but don’t want to feel totally guilty about it. I love mixing fruit (usually berries), with nuts (raw almonds, cashews, or walnuts) with vegan dark chocolate chips (THESE are my favorite at the moment).
The Almost PB&J
This is a fun take on the classic PB&J. On an Ezekial wrap or whole grain wrap (or you can use bread), spread almond butter (or another nut butter) and top with berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries). Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy. YUM!
As the weather starts to heat up, you’ll find me making more and more smoothies in the kitchen. Aside from having a green smoothie for breakfast, smoothies can also be great snacks. I personally love following Kelly Leveque’s Fab Four smoothie formula. I typically will make a smoothie using chocolate protein powder, spinach, almond butter, chia seeds, and almond milk. Add frozen fruit for a sweet flavor! For a snack, I just use half the amount I normally use for a breakfast.
Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies
Warning: these are addicting! I usually make these cookies for Brandon for breakfast, but they make killer snacks too. I love adding my vegan chocolate chips and coconut flakes to these. I don’t really measure anymore, and sort of just wing it with what I have on hand (bananas, nut butter, oats, flax seed, etc). But THIS recipe is what I originally started making these cookies with.
Super simple, but a great snack! Pop some popcorn on the stove with a little coconut oil. If you’ve never tried to make popcorn on the stove, you’re missing out. THIS recipe gives great instructions on how to do this.
Hope you guys found these ideas helpful!!
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