Everyone seems to harp and harp and harp on how important breakfast is, so I find no reason to revisit the subject. You know you should eat breakfast. And if you don’t know why… ask Google.
Instead, I want to talk about another very important meal of the day, snack time. 🙂
My quick bite to eat around 3pm everyday is what ties me over until dinner, and gives me a much needed energy boost! Without it, I would never have the energy to get myself to run, head to zumba or a yoga class, or join my hubby in the weight room after a long day at work.
The days I forget to pack a snack or don’t have time to make one, my work out suffers. It’s hard to get your body to move when it’s running on empty.
… and grabbing something quick to eat keeps me from attacking the entire contents of my kitchen when dinner time finally rolls around.
In an effort to share some of my favorites with you, I made a list of my top nine midday snacks!
Fruit is one of the easiest snacks to grab on the go and always satisfies my sweet tooth. I keep apples, bananas, sliced pineapple, grapes, and berries well-stocked in the kitchen.
2. Handful of Nuts and/or Dried Fruit
Have you ever tried dried apricots? Or dates? Or figs? Or banana chips? Dried fruit is nature’s version of fruit snacks. I love pulling out a handful of dried apricots from the fridge or munchin’ on a couple of banana chips. Now pair some almonds, cashews, or pecans with dried fruit and to make your own homemade trail mix!
3. Veggies with Hummus
In order to make veggies with hummus an on – the – go snack, I chop up my veggies right after I buy them. This means I already have sliced cucumbers, peppers, and carrots ready to pack for midday snacks, salads, or to use in dinner recipes.
Roasted garlic hummus is my FAVORITE hummus flavor to pair with veggies.
4. Rice Cake topped with Peanut or Almond Butter
I’m pretty much in love with anything that involves nut butter, but I’m especially in love with rice cakes topped with nut butter. The crunch, salty, sweet flavor combination is addictive. Trust me. If you haven’t tried it, DO IT.
I always have apple cinnamon, caramel, and plain rice cakes in my pantry, along with an assortment of nut butters. More recently, I had the chance to try out Barney Butter. almond butter spreads. The company sent me a sample pack of every single one of their delicious flavors of almond butter.
It’s safe to say I went rice cake and almond butter crazy. I had some combo of the two for snack every single day for weeks. This photo features my favorite nut butter spread that Barney Butter makes, Cocoa + Coconut Almond Butter.
5. Hard Boiled Eggs
Just like veggies, I prep hard boiled eggs right after I go grocery shopping. It’s a life saver having hard boiled eggs in the fridge during the week. I can grab a couple for a quick bite to eat or use them to add a little extra protein to a salad.
As the weather heats up, I crave smoothies more and more! Refreshing. Simple, Nutritious.
The smoothie pictured below is just frozen watermelon and frozen banana slices blended together with water.
7. Lara Bars
I’m obsessed with Larabars. Obviously, my favorite is a nut butter flavor! Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip is iiiincrediiiibbbllllleeeeeee. I also love Cashew Cookie, Coconut Cream Pie, and Carrot Cake. The best thing about grabbing a Larabar is that I know that no matter what flavor I choose it’s gluten free AND dairy free. The less label reading I have to do in a day, the better.
Step One: Toast two pieces of Udi’s Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Step Two: Spread avocado on top of one piece
Step Three: Sprinkle with crushed red pepper
Step Four: Spread peanut butter on top of the second piece
Step Five: Top with banana slices
… and then decided which one to eat first!
9. Homemade Popcorn
Homemade popcorn is a household favorite. All you need is some olive oil and kernels! Once the popcorn is done popping, you can dress it up however you like. I go back and forth between seasoning my popcorn with salt and italian seasoning or cinnamon and sugar. Yum 🙂
Now that you’ve had a chance to read through my favorite snacks, what are some of yours? I’d love to hear them and try something new!
A very special THANK YOU to Barney Butter, Udi’s Gluten Free, and Larabar for sending me so many fantastic gluten free, dairy free products to try. I’ve had a blast experimenting and incorporating my favorites into my diet!!