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7 Healthy Snacking Tips to Follow Every Day

February 4, 2024
Amelia [Writer]

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Craving some snack-time goodness without the guilt? Want to snack smarter + feel amazing? Check out these 7 Healthy Snacking Tips to Follow Every Day to keep your energy high and your cravings in check!

7 Healthy Snacking Tips to Follow Every Day

Satisfying, mindful, and healthy snacks are the key to calming cravings + boosting energy between meals. That's why I've gathered 10 Healthy Snacking Tips to Follow Every Day for some practical ways to help you make the most of your munchies!

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Alright, let's get something straight---- Snacking isn't something to feel guilty about. Sure, mindlessly munching on junk food isn't the best idea, but needing a snack between meals? Totally normal + human. Phew!

I'm all about embracing healthy snacks to keep me fueled + focused throughout the day. Snacking isn't a sign of weakness; it's a way to keep me going strong! But, there's definitely an art to it: finding snacks that satisfy my cravings, give me the nutrients I need AND keep me motivated for whatever life throws my way is sometimes a challenge... Especially when I'm developing new recipes, cooking, and shooting content for most of the day – staying energized is super important!

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1. Choose Whole Foods Whenever Possible

Go for whole foods instead of processed snacks whenever you can. A lot of processed snacks aren't all that healthy.

Try making snacks with whole foods or take a moment to whip up your own at home. Making your snacks gives you control over what goes in them, and it's usually cheaper too. Those pre-packaged snacks can really add up in cost because you're paying for the convenience.

Here are a bunch of yummy snacks you can easily prep at the start of the week or throw together when you're in a hurry---

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2. Be Mindful

It's a good idea to steer clear of snacking while you're glued to the TV or typing away at your computer (Guilty...Haha) These activities can make it tough to really tune in to your body's hunger and fullness signals. Instead, pick a spot like your dining table, kitchen counter, or even your patio to enjoy your meals and snacks.

Listen up to what your body + mind are telling you, and try not to munch out of boredom or stress. When you're genuinely hungry, go for those whole foods. Snacking mindfully like this can help you avoid reaching for snacks that are loaded with sodium, fat + processed sugar. See my post on 7 Cheap + Nutrient Dense Foods To Keep On Hand.

3. Portion Size Matters

It's important to keep an eye on how much you're snacking. Just remember, snacks are meant to keep those hunger pangs at bay between meals, not replace a whole meal. So, try to enjoy your snacks in moderation.

You don't have to bust out the measuring cups necessarily, but it's good to have a sense of what a reasonable portion looks like. If you're buying or cooking up snacks in big batches, think about dividing them into smaller containers. It helps keep those portion sizes just right and prevents over-snacking.

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4. Plan Your Snacks

Don't forget to include some healthy snacks in your weekly meal prep routine. Planning and getting snacks ready beforehand can keep you away from those tempting, not-so-healthy options. Things like energy bites like No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls, trail mix, and dips with veggie dippers are awesome snacks you can whip up ahead of time and munch on throughout the week.

DIPS I LOVE TO KEEP ON HAND

5. Add A Fruit Or Vegetable To Every Snack

Get creative with adding fresh vegetables + fruit to your snacks—it's an easy way to sneak in some fiber and healthy fats. Craving some cheese? Instead of crackers, try pairing it with slices of juicy pear or apple. If you're in the mood for chips + guac, opt for carrot sticks or sugar snap peas to scoop up the dip. Forget about the chips—grab some cherry tomatoes + cucumber slices to dip into hummus or salsa OR dates and almond butter are one of my fave go-to snacks. It's all about mixing it up and keeping it fresh!

Healthy green juice in glass with lime.

6. Embrace Liquid Snacks!

I'm all about smoothies and juices—they're super nutritious, delicious, and incredibly refreshing. I love adding healthy veggies and fruits with hemp seeds, chia seeds, and nut butters along with my favorite plant-based milks. Usually, I whip up a big batch and share it with my husband and kid—my little helper in the kitchen! It's the perfect excuse for a break during work and gives me a nice refreshing boost. One of my all-time favorite ingredients to add to drinks for the health benefits is turmeric--- Learn about the health benefits HERE!

BEST HEALTHY SMOOTHIES + JUICES

Overhead shot of Vegan Chia Seed Maple Banana Bread

7. Slow It Down + Try Grazing

Eating small bites can make snacking last longer and remind your brain that you're munching away. Rather than gobbling everything up at once, take your time—your brain needs about 20 minutes to catch on that you're eating. Try cutting your snack into smaller portions to slow yourself down a little! To learn more about the science of snacking check out this post!

There you have it—  I hope these 7 Healthy Snacking Tips to Follow Every Day help you enjoy healthy snacking guilt-free. If you are looking for any meal inspiration check out my "What To Eat This Week" series for some seriously delicious + healthy eats.

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