Side note: I'm pretty sure my brother and I (my sister was too young) watched every. single. one. of the Saved by the Bell episodes -- at least five times.
But I digress. Back to the topic at hand: snacks.
As previously mentioned, the Farrell's nutritional plan suggests eating six small meals a day, and according to my weight and body-fat percentage, I am to be eating 33 grams of carbohydrates and between 14-18 grams of protein for each "meal" (with the exception of the "before-bed" meal, which calls for as few carbohydrates as possible).
Because I was used to my snacks consisting of Sour Patch Kids and/or Flamin' Hot Cheetos, it took me a while to figure out exactly what a quality snack would look like.
Here are some suggestions that I have been loving lately:
The nutritional plan recommends consuming all fruit for the day prior to noon. Therefore, my morning snack usually consists of a banana or an apple with some other protein-y things. I have found, though, that apples keep me longer than bananas, so I tend to go that route.
Oh, and generally I scarf this down while grading papers or between passing periods. It's lovely.
|Medium Granny Smith apple, 1/8 cup wasabi peas, two Babybel Light cheeses|
I have also found that I am one cranky lady if I do not eat fruit. Therefore, I try to over-buy every weekend, yet I always seem to run out come Friday or Saturday.
Another of my favorite morning snacks is an apple, two tablespoons of
crack sunflower butter, and a piece of Babybel or string cheese.
|Full Circle Sunflower Butter|
Seriously. If you haven't tried sunflower butter, do it. Now. I have gone through a jar of it each week for the past two weeks, and I'm well into my third jar already.
But moving on...
What I eat for a snack in the afternoon largely depends on what I have going on for the rest of the evening. If I have a chill afternoon at home watching Jeopardy! with The Boy, I might opt for this:
|Carrot sticks, hummus, Babybel cheese, and savory edamame crackers.|
|Tomato, two ounces of fresh mozzarella, multigrain wheat thins.|
|A chocolate-dipped coconut Luna bar (usually accompanied by a piece of Babybel or string cheese).|
Because I am not supposed to have too many carbohydrates before I go to bed, my evening snack is usually a protein shake. I couple 1.5 cups of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze or Unsweetened Coconut Almond Breeze with a scoop of protein powder:
|Arbonne Essentials: Vanilla Protein Shake Mix|
(Also, if you are interested in purchasing Arbonne protein powder -- seriously the best I've tried -- please let me know, and I'll put you in contact with my provider.
Side note: despite that sounding super shady, I swear AG is not a drug dealer -- unless your drug-of-choice is spectacular protein.)
But I digress. As usual.
As I've said before, the Farrell's nutritional plan specifically says to not count calories and to only worry about proteins and carbohydrates. However, I still find myself analyzing the magic calorie number like a crazy woman. Most often, I stay within a 1,500-1,700 range, but there are a few things that I try to take into consideration when planning out my snacks:
- If I have Dessert Oats for breakfast, I do not accompany my morning fruit with sunflower butter. Two tablespoons of that heavenly goodness contain 200 calories, and I do not need a quarter of my daily calories coming from a condiment.
- While I love me some cheese, I do try to limit that intake as well and not have it for every snack. First of all, it's expensive. Second (and more importantly), it generally has a fairly high concentration of saturated fats, something that I certainly want to watch.
So, there you have it: the current favorites in my snack rotation. I'm sure I'll totally OD on some/all of this sooner or later, so hook me up with your yummiest of yummy snacks.
What is your first choice for healthy bites?