One of the most challenging things for me and many others when trying to eat clean is the desire for snacks and treats. So I wanted to share a few snack ideas with you that might make your clean eating journey a little easier and less intimidating for some.
When choosing snacks, it is important to pay close attention to the sodium content and the sugar count. Often pre-packaged snacks have unbelievable amounts of sodium and some snacks are laden with hidden sugars. I’ve found that it’s best to design your own and store them. One of my favs is trail mix. I buy all items separately. It’s also less expensive than buying pre-packaged trail mix when you consider the quantity it affords you and it ensures the ability to add items you enjoy most. You can purchase a bag of dried fruit such as pineapples, dates, raisins or craisins, almonds or other nuts you prefer.
Raw nuts are best (careful, because nuts can be fatty), seeds (sunflower, flax, sesame or others you like), coconut flakes and other. The craisins and other dried fruit can also double as a sugar substitute in oatmeal for your breakfast or other meals as well. Other ideas for snacks are fresh fruit, celery, and peanut butter, hummus and carrots etc. You’ll also find that healthier snacks serve as fuel for the body. They give us energy to keep going.
I hope this helps give you some ideas for new things to try or at the very least a starting point to begin your journey or enhance it. Please share any ideas you have in the comment section of this blog. Also, please share this and “Like” us on Facebook at RS Counseling and Wellness.