Snacking is one of my weaknesses. And knowing what are healthy snacks and not-so healthy snacks can be a challenge. But snacking can curb my hunger until I can eat a larger meal, so I know that it’s important to snack, and do it the right way.
The Snack Bag
If you are like me, you work a full time job. I am fortunate enough to work in a place that has so many options for breakfast and lunch, but not much in terms of snack food. There are some things that I can snack on at work, but I prefer to bring a snack bag with me to work. This helps me control what I am snacking on and I don’t spend as much money at the office.
So, what’s in my snack bag?
I like things foods portioned out for me. That let’s me (or Jeremy since he actually packs my snack bag) grab it and go. I wash all fruit that I am going to pack the night before and place them in snack sized ziplock baggies. This has been strawberries and blueberries right now. Just a few is all I need.
I have been on a yogurt kick lately. I love Dannon Light and Fit Greek Vanilla yogurt. I dip my fruit into it and eat it together – delightful and quite fun. One container of this yogurt is 2 SmartPoints. That’s pretty good to me. And this will typically fill me up between lunch and dinner.
I always have a cheese stick or a cheese wheel on hand at all times. I get really hangry if I don’t have food pretty regularly, so instead of a meltdown, I will always have one or both of these in my purse to snack on. This is especially true for the drive home on weeknights or running errands over the weekend. A cheese stick is 2 SmartPoints and the Babybel Light cheese wheel is 1 SmartPoint.
Hummus is also sometimes found in my snack bag. I found Boar’s Head sells individual hummus cups which are 3 SmartPoints each. I pair these with chopped veggies (any kind of sweet pepper or cucumber is great with hummus) or I have Triscuits with the hummus. This is worth more points, but it keeps me fuller longer.
If I have other fruit, like watermelon or cantaloupe, that will be in my snack bag too.
I also love guacamole, so a low carb option is perfect for a quick snack. I have also seen individual packets of guacamole and I like to pair them with chopped peppers as well.
Grab and Go Snacks
I mentioned some of these earlier, but my go-to grab and go snacks are cheese. If I develop a dairy-intolerance, I don’t know what I would do. The cheese stick and the cheese wheel are perfect for driving in the car, or walking around a store. We have ventured to Home Depot a lot since we bought our house, so we will be walking down the aisles and I’ll be munching on my cheese stick. It’s just a fact of life that you might have the urge to eat anywhere…so be prepared.