Believe it or not, I’m a big snacker. About every hour I’m usually munching on something. Before I really dedicated myself to living a healthy lifestyle, you could find me eating a whole sleeve of Oreos or an entire bag of Lifesaver Gummies (still a personal favorite).
When I started really getting on track with my nutrition, I found that I didn’t have the same cravings anymore for these sweet snacks.
Here are 5 swaps I’ve made that fit my lifestyle and my love for snacks!
Lenny and Larry’s Protein Cookies
I grew up sharing cookies and milk with my dad. A bad habit that carried over into my adulthood. Instead of Chips Ahoy! or Oreos, more often than not, I’ll grab a bag of these crunchy cookies. With 6g of protein per serving and both vegan and Kosher friendly, it’s hard to pass these up.
Kodiak Protein Cakes
Kodiak has become one of my all-time favorite brands. From protein bars to pancakes and muffins, they really have everything I need. Their muffin mix has 15g of protein and tastes amazing! They also make muffin and pancake cups to eat on the go!
Oikos Triple Zero Greek Yogurt
My yogurt journey has changed the most since I started eating with intention. I was an avid Trix Yogurt child and didn’t ditch Go-Gurt until after highschool! I transitioned to Chobani Flips but it was still pretty high in sugar. The Oikos Greek yogurt has tons of flavor, no sugar, and 15g of protein. One yogurt cup contains 111 calories, making it a protein-packed snack that doesn’t take up a lot of your caloric intake for the day.
Wilde Protein Chips
If you haven’t caught on yet, protein is a HUGE key when it comes to swapping snacks. Often times, a main-course dish will have a pretty supplemental amount of protein, but you would be surprised at how many people don’t hit their protein intake for the day. The more you can squeeze in during snacks and smaller portioned meals, the more likely you are to be closer to your intake goal! These protein chips are made out of CHICKEN BREAST and come in a variety of flavors you can enjoy.
I love fruit, especially mangos. This fruit, however, is seasonal and it can be hard to find a good selection at my local grocery store. Personally, I eat everything but the seed and, if you’ve ever eaten raw mango, it’s not a portable fruit. It’s messy and gets in your teeth and all over your face. When I want a sweet snack that’s high in fiber and full of great antioxidants, I opt for carrying some dried mango with me.
Making small, healthy changes can help you stay consistent in keeping your goals in check. Please note that there are MANY options when it comes to high protein snacks. For me, I have to be careful because of my peanut and tree nut allergies and so the choices I make allow for me to still hit my protein goals and still be mindful of the precautions I have to take. Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean limiting yourself to the flavors and snacks that you enjoy. Remember that moderation and balance is key!
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