March 03, 2021 3 min read
Nothing boosts morale quite like a good snack time!
Contrary to popular belief, eating regular snacks can be great for your health goals. The right healthy snacks will keep you full, boost your energy levels midday, and can even stabilize your blood sugar. It’s also important to have a good snack in between your main meals for keeping your metabolism going.
Of course, not all snacks are made equal. Here are ten of the best healthy snacks that you can incorporate into your meal prep plan to make sure that you’re staying fueled all day long.
Fruit is one of the healthiest meal-prep friendly snacks around! It’s healthy, sweet, and perfect for eating on its own. Simply divide your fruit choices into single portions to make it easy to grab and go.
You can also easily cut up bigger fruits like apples and melons and divide them into proper sizes. If you want to avoid browning in your prepped fruits, sprinkle a little bit of lemon juice over them to keep everything fresh.
Nuts are a great source of both protein and healthy fat, and they are perfect for anyone who wants to eat healthy but finds themselves craving something salty mid-day. You can try roasting your own nuts and adding your own seasonings to control your salt intake.
It’s especially important to portion these out correctly during your meal prep, since nuts can be high in calories and easy to eat too much of!
Similarly, seeds are tiny but power-packed with nutrients and healthy fats and protein. Divide them into individual packs to snack on throughout the day or eat them in addition to other snacks you have lying around.
A fan favorite, low-fat cheeses are a great and tasty snack for boosting your protein intake. Simply buy some low-fat cheese sticks or cut up a larger cheese wheel into bite-sized pieces for a tasty snack that satisfies every time.
When properly portioned, crackers can offer a healthy and satisfying crunch into your snack pack arsenal. Eat them on their own, or pair with some cheese or a healthy dip like hummus for a tasty snack at any time of the day.
Smoothies are great for meal prepping because you can easily make a large batch and portion it out to individual cups for the rest of the week. Simply blend up all the fruits and other smoothie ingredients then save it for later. Alternatively, you can also prep the ingredients for each smoothie and divide it into individual containers to make it easy to dump in the blender and go.
Carrots, celery, and bell peppers are all satisfying, crunchy, and dippable daytime snacks. In addition, they are also very low in calories, making them perfect for anyone watching their weight.
Chop them up at the beginning of the week and divide them into containers or baggies. If you want, you can also portion a low-fat dipping sauce or hummus to add flavor and staying power.
Healthy granola bars are staples in the healthy eating world because they are both sweet and satisfying.
For the best results, you can make them yourself using rolled oats and the fruits and nuts of your choosing. Otherwise, you can buy them ready-made, but just be sure to avoid the bar that are full of added sugar which can quickly negate their health benefits.
Who doesn’t love popcorn? This light snack is a great substitute for other salty, high-calorie snack food like chips, plus you can make a lot of it and divvy it up into portions as needed.
Pop a bag of plain popcorn and add some low-sodium seasonings and flavors to your preference.
This fan-favorite snack can be eaten at any time for a sweet treat. Greek yogurt is an especially good choice since it’s full of protein and fewer sugars. Keep a couple yogurt cups handy to grab whenever you need a snack break.
Don’t underestimate the power of a good snack as you’re mapping out your plan for a healthy meal prep! Getting your snacks prepped along with your meals is a great way to manage portion control, plan out eating times, and adhere to some healthy eating habits.
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