Easy Snack Ideas + Homemade Protein Bars

Snacks are an essential part of my day. I get hungry between meals and find that snacks are just as important as my breakfast or dinner. It is very easy to eat unhealthy snacks, so I am always on the hunt to find  quick and easy snacks. My ideal snack fits in a sandwich size zip lock bag and requires minimal effort-grab and go!  Here are a couple of snacks that I have found help keep me full and satisfied throughout the day.

Protein Bars

Photo Credit: Photo By OH She Glows Blog

Granola, chewy, crunchy, protein or energy bars are the epitome of an ideal snack. My favorite store-bought bars are fiber one bars and the nature valley oats and honey granola bars. However last week I decided to make my own protein bars on a suggestion from a co-worker. Making your own protein bars is a cheaper and better tasting alternative then the processed ones in the supermarket.  It sounds like a lot of work but the recipe by Oh She Glows  takes 10 minutes or less. The most difficult part was going to the store and buying the ingredients-they are that easy! I store the bars in the freezer pre-cut so that I can just grab one before I head off to work in the morning. Cant wait to try more recipes!

Cheese and Crackers

I am not even ashamed to admit that my mom packed my lunch until I was 18 years old, it was the greatest. However peanut butter and jelly sandwiches get old after 16 plus years-so my mom started packing me turkey,crackers, and cheese instead. I have adopted this high-school lunch for a snack in between classes.  One of my favorite crackers is the Trader Joe Multigrain crackers with soy and I usually eat them with any type of white cheddar cheese or goat cheese. Quick and easy a little bit of cheese never hurts!

Fruit

Eating your fruits and vegetables is a given, but often I find I eat way more vegetables than fruit. Taking fruit for lunch helps reassure I get my four servings of fruits and veggies a day.Healthy and delicious. This summer I have been loving any sort of melons, nectarines, and blueberries. I like to switch up different fruits every week so I that I do not get bored eating the same one day after day. I don’t worry about the calories each fruit, but if you are interested this article is a great overall comparison.

Nuts or Trail mix

When i am craving something salty or crunchy, nuts or a trail mix is usually what I grab. I love pecans, but because of the price I usually buy unsalted almonds! Recently I have enjoyed snacking on Trader Joe’s Wasabi WOW trail mix. It has golden and regular raisins, wasabi peas, peanuts and almonds! Eating Well Magazine says that “Nuts are chock-full of vitamins, minerals, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and low levels of saturated fats. Research suggests that people who eat nuts—walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, pine nuts and peanuts (which actually are legumes)—two to four days or more per week have a lower incidence of heart disease than people who eat them less often.”

Hummus and Carrots

Hummus is something I could eat everyday. It is the perfect creamy snack. Whether with pita chips, veggies, or even layered in a wrap- I find multiple uses for hummus. It is very easy to make your own, but also can be fun to try different weird flavors from different brands at the store. This article appropriately titled “Beyond Roasted Red Pepper” lists weird hummus flavors including jalapeno honey.

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