Eat. Live. Be. – My Go-To Snacks

| February 21, 2011 | 8 Comments

Breathe in. Breathe out. That’s something I have been saying a lot lately. It’s a cleansing breath, a reminder to be still for a minute and relax and so much more. And with a challenge that’s all about changing your life, it’s important to remember to do that.

It’s Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011 day again, and this week’s topic is Go-To Snacks.

There couldn’t be a more perfect topic for me. I am a snacker. Though I have improved (by that I mean having fewer, better snacks), I still love a good snack. But the snacks I crave — cookies, chips and the like — really aren’t good for me, so I’ve been avoiding them and trading them for better snacks. Once that deliver those elements of sweet, crunch or salt that I love, without the empty calories.

As a result, I have largely overhauled our snack cabinets, choosing really smart snacks to keep handy instead of the ones that taste good but aren’t that nutritious.

Generally, I keep all or most of these on hand (though stocks are admittedly low today … I just polished off the almonds and we are plain out of pretzels).

  • Nuts and seeds – dry-roasted almonds, roasted and salted pumpkin seeds, pistachio nuts
  • Fruit – bananas, berries of all hues and types, sometimes apples or clementines
  • Crackers – anything whole-grain
  • Pretzels – honey-wheat braids, preferably
  • Dried fruit – freeze-dried pineapple and strawberries, dried cranberries, dried apples

Now, if I am craving something sweet – like dessert sweet – my go-to is one that I think I swiped from Cate: Whole grain toast with a tablespoon of all-natural peanut butter and a drizzle of honey. It’s delish and totally fixes that sweet craving.

What are your go-to snacks? Share!

Be sure to check out the other ELB bloggers too.

P.S. If you haven’t already, please take my Family Meals Survey 2011.  I am a little over half-way to my goal of 100 responses. Please help me get there!

Category: Healthy Life

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Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Joanne says:

    I used to be much more of a snacker than I am now, mostly because medical school has beaten the snacking time out of me. Plus for a while I was snacking because I didn’t want to study…and that leads to a whole lot of snacking. I do love your mix of snacks here, though! Dried fruit is a total favorite, as are a whole variety of seeds and nuts. And I just had almond butter with honey on toast for dinner! So great minds think alike as far as I see it.

  2. Kate says:

    I actually had to teach myself to snack. It’s better for your metabolism to have several small meals throughout the day instead of just 3 meals. The trick is making sure those snacks are healthy!

  3. amygirl says:

    Hi there! My new ‘diet’ snack is sugar free jello with cottage cheese. It sounds weird, but it is sooo good and only has 100 calories. Keeps me full until dinner! I also love a mix of almonds, cashews and pecans. Yum. :)

  4. Rivki Locker says:

    Great snack ideas! My snack rule is to only eat fruits and veggies between meals. Once I move onto nuts / starches, theres just no stopping me! :)

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