Healthy Snacking

Are you learning virtually? Then, you are really close to your kitchen all the time! Boredom, stress, and fatigue all lead to cravings, and cravings often lead to unhealthy choices, sugar and caffeine highs and los and mindlessly eating stuff that just makes you feel lousy. Try some of these ideas below, and if you have any of your own favorites, we’d love to hear about them! Post them on Instagram and tag @YwellnessNow

Ricotta Toast

OK, so it isn’t low cal, but it is all natural, delicious and will keep you satisfied for hours!

Bread and ricotta are the staples here and you can get creative. This one is toasted rye with ricotta, pesto, avocado, tomato and a balsamic glaze. It is great with any bread, and with honey instead of pesto. Avocado is always great for a healthy fat, but it is mouthwatering and satisfying without it too.

Hummus & Veggies

Simple, we know, but so easy and both the hummus and the vegetables give you a boost of energy that won’t leave you exhausted in 1/2 hour.

TIP: Cut veggies in advance and always have them on hand.

Energy Balls

Make in advance, have on hand! NO BAKING REQUIRED. They are great any time of day!!

FIND RECIPES HERE & HERE

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Trail Mix

You can make a lot of this and store it in a container with a tight lid or in a plastic bag.

Some ingredient ideas for a great trail mix: almonds, walnuts, peanuts, cashews, dark chocolate pieces, dried fruit, pretzel pieces, Chex, yogurt covered raisins, sunflower seeds, etc. You can get creative and find what you love best.

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

Frozen fruit is almost as nutritious as fresh, and you can always have it on hand. You need no ice because the cold fruit takes the place.

For your base: bananas, milk (coconut, almond or regular low-fat)
For the fruity additions: frozen strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple
For some veggie additions: if you want to add some vitamins and minerals, kale, spinach, carrots
If you have avocados and apples, these can be great additions too.

For some great smoothie recipes, click here

Apple “Sandwich”

Substitute apple slices for your bread, and your sandwich just got a whole lot better for you.

This apple sandwich has honey mustard, chicken and cheddar. Turkey is delicious. Ham and brie is amazing too.

Overnight Oats

These require.a little bit of work the night before, but when you wake up, you will be so happy you put in the time!

There are so many options (I love banana nut and apple cinnamon. This website gives us 9 great recipes (no cooking involved.)

Everything Avocado Toast

Everything But the Bagel seasoning (Trader Joe’s) is my favorite for giving my avocado toast a kick. But, depending on your preferences, you can put anything on it

Toast your bread of choice.
Slice avocado and lay on top
Drizzle honey.
Sprinkle Everything seasoning (substitute salt and pepper, or Adobe)

Dark Chocolate Fruit Dip

Dark chocolate is good for us, right?? Well … for sure fruit is. Combine these two for a great post-lunch treat.

1 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup fat free evaporated milk
1 tsp coconut milk

Put all ingredients other than 1/4 chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for about 90 seconds. Stir until smooth and then add the rest of the chocolate. Stir again and dip bananas, berries, apples and pineapples.

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