Is it just me, or do you come home from work and feel like you could eat a whole thanksgiving feast?! Something about the work day gets my stomach growling. In fact, I even get a little shaky when I’m hungry.
(Cue Mission Impossible theme song.) My eyes scan the fridge for something to take the edge off my hunger. Nothing quick and easy. Pantry? Nothing I can grab and go. Dilemma.
So began the quest of finding healthy snacks, that fill me up. I’ve settled on a few that just seem to work for me. Let’s get started!
I’ve found that bananas do a really good job of filling me up. I’ve started eating one a day, right when I get home from work. High in potassium, bananas have plenty of health benefits too. (Good for your gut. Good for your skin. It’s a win-win!) These energy boosters have become my new favorite on-the-go snack!
Okay, so we all know oatmeal makes a great breakfast. But, it’s literally become one of my favorite snacks. I’ll even have some after dinner for dessert! The key to making oatmeal more interesting and flavorful is topping it with fresh fruit, nuts, and a little brown sugar. Want to make it more protein-rich? Make it with milk instead of water. Oatmeal is also good for your gut health and for your heart too! ❤️
3. Homemade Popcorn
Ahhhhh popcorn! It’s always been my little weakness. It gets a bad wrap, though. It’s considered junk food. But it’s time to set the record straight. Popcorn is not bad for you! It’s the grotesque amounts of butter they put on it that’s bad for you! Popcorn itself actually has fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, and other minerals. If you make popcorn at home on your stovetop, you can know exactly what goes into it. Get creative with different spices to give it tons of flavor WITHOUT the butter!
4. Carrots and Organic Ranch
Carrots are kind of a stereotypical healthy food, so we often just kind of forget about them. I like to call carrots “beauty food.” Glowing skin? Check. Cleanse the body? Check. Good for your eyes? Check. Deliciously sweet, I enjoy them plain. However, dipped in a little organic ranch, they make a tasty “no effort” snack.
I was practically raised “in the kitchen.” Cooking has always been a big part of my life, so when it comes to hummus, I’m a little spoiled. I grew up eating homemade hummus. To this day, I still don’t like the store bought varieties. One of these days, I’ll have to share with you the recipe my Nonna and mom made growing up. Either way, hummus makes a delicious and filling snack. It’s high in fiber, protein, and antioxidants. If you buy it from the store, make sure to look for simple, real ingredients.
Well, there you have it! My go-to, quick, easy, healthy, filling, snacks! What are your favorite healthy snacks? Let me know in the comments below!