I’m often asked what I feed our girls for snacks. Actually, if I am honest, several of our snack food items are usually added together to make lunch.
We homeschool and run our business from home so my snack ideas apply to what Dave and I eat, too.
It’s just the 4 of us so we are pretty laid back. We often eat lunch around the island in the kitchen chatting about school, work, or what needs to be done in the afternoon.
I’m not a big meal planner so usually at lunch we brainstorm what’s for dinner. I have some GO TO dinners that we rotate to keep things simple.
Here Are Some Of My Snack (aka lunch) Ideas
By the way, you may be tempted to judge my choices. That’s ok. We don’t eat perfectly all the time. I try to make sure we eat a combo of fat, protein, and carbs for meals. Sometimes, our snacks are a little carb heavy. I’ve included at the end of this post the protein and collagen supplements I use when we need extra protein.
You can eat these snacks if you are trying to lose weight. Be sure to stick to small servings and don’t eat your trigger foods. For instance, I don’t eat granola bars. If I eat one. I will eat 4!
Fresh fruit: Whatever deliciousness is in season and organic whenever possible
Veggies: carrots, radishes, sugar snap peas, celery, peppers, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes
Eggs: boiled, scramble or fried – we have eggs at least 3 times a week, if not more
Almond Flour Muffins: This is a recipe I like to use.
Cheese – cheddar cheese or cheese sticks
Beef Jerky – Organic grass fed meat is the healthiest. We like these Graze Sticks and Pacific Gold Strips.
Protein Shakes: Our favorite is made with Isalean Protein and strawberries. Usually, this is a meal.
Handful of Nuts: I try to have a variety of raw nuts on hand.
Popcorn: I use an air popper. avoid microwave popcorn it’s full of toxins.
Applesauce: The girls like to add cinnamon to theirs. I often add this collagen for protein without changing the taste or texture.
Hot Chocolate: My easy recipe is heated milk, raw cocoa powder, and stevia to taste.
Apples with organic peanut butter or almond butter
Hummus: We use veggie sticks, organic crackers, or organic tortilla chips to dip with.
Dill Pickles: I get mine at Traders Joe’s since it’s the only reasonable priced organic ones I can find.
Ants-on-a-log: Celery sticks with organic peanut butter topped with raisins
Organic Granola Bars
Pancakes or Waffles left over from breakfast. I make these protein pancakes.
Isalean Bars – Our favorite is Chocolate Peanut or Decadence. They are packed low glycemic nutrients and grass-fed whey protein.
Homemade Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Organic Crackers with Cheese
Isagenix Slim Cakes – they taste like a gourmet cookie, but each serving is packed with fiber, omega-3s from flaxseed and antioxidant-rich blueberries and cranberries.
Trail Mix – I often just mix together craisins and cashews.
Deviled Eggs: Replace mayo with Greek yogurt to make them healthier.
Chickpea Poppers: Thoroughly dry canned chickpeas. Spritz with extra-virgin olive oil, season with dried oregano and garlic salt and roast at 400° until crisp.
Oatmeal: We add stevia, cinnamon, collagen and a scoop of grass fed whey protein.
Guacamole: We use carrot sticks or organic tortilla chips to dip with
Tips For Protein
Adequate protein is important for all us. I attempt to have the girls eat some protein with every snack or meal.
It doesn’t always happen but that’s my plan.
If I find they are snacking on too many high carb foods I have them make a “quick shake”
Basically, it’s a scoop of protein in a shaker bottle with 8 oz of water and ice. They gulp it down and go about their business.
I add collagen to as many foods as I can for the added protein and health benefits, too. It mixes easily with cold or hot foods.
It’s especially great easy to add to oatmeal and applesauce. You can’t even taste it. I get mine in bulk on Amazon.
Did This Give You Some Ideas?
I hope this gave you some ideas that will help you make snack time (or lunch) easier. I’m all about keeping things simple. I don’t like to meal prep so having some of these healthier foods on hand all the time helps us make quick snacks and meals without a lot of hassle.
I always have organic meal replacement shakes on hand because they save time and if you get the right brand they taste like a milkshake.
What other ideas do you have?
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