As many of you may know, I try to plan my snacks in advance to steer myself in a better (food) direction when hunger strikes. I always try to have something on me in case one of us (me, my husband, or my kids) needs a pick-me-up.
Here are my go-to Paleo snacks that I frequently enjoy:
- spoonful of almond butter + ½ banana
- nuts (raw cashews, almonds, or macadamia nuts) or seeds + dried or freeze-dried fruit
- couple teaspoons of coconut oil or coconut butter
- hard boiled egg + handful of nuts
- half of a Larabar
If I am working out in the morning, I always have coffee first. It gets my energy levels up and increases my
mood motivation. There is a lot of evidence out there that supports this, too.
I don’t like exercising on a full stomach, especially if I am doing a high intensity workout or tempo run so I try to keep my fuel fairly small. If I am practicing yoga, I usually do that on an empty stomach (which is recommended). The important thing is to eat immediately after your workout (or within a 30 minute window) to aid in recovery, muscle repair, and restore electrolytes.
- tart cherry juice -> this is a great way to ward off muscle fatigue and inflammation
- hard boiled or scrambled eggs mixed with half of an avocado
- banana + nut butter
- chicken mixed with some avocado slices
- green smoothie (almond milk + walnuts + banana + grapes + spinach + cinnamon)
A word about coffee post workout: Some findings suggest that consuming caffeine following exercising could disrupt the recovery process and prolong fatigue since it continues to elevate cortisol levels. If you absolutely must have coffee after your workout try to wait a couple of hours for your cortisol levels to drop and to allow your body time to begin repairing tissue and muscle. Another option is to try decaf (I know, just a suggestion!).
Everyday snacks (pair carbs with protein):
- unsalted, mixed nuts: Yassss! Great choice and typically my standby snack. I also mix in some dried cherries or goji berries, coconut flakes, cocoa nibs (latest love!) and unsweetened banana chips. Make sure to read your labels because some dried fruit contains added sugar and unnecessary oils.
- kale chips
- plantain chips: these are so yummy with guacamole or dipped in nut butter!
- freeze-dried fruit (again, make sure there is no sugar added and it’s just fruit). My favorites include dried mango and dried apples.
- pumpkin seeds + raisins
- olives + avocado
- hard boiled eggs
- carrots + celery and with some type of nut butter
- sliced apples or bananas drizzled with sunflower butter
- no bake bars
I have a snack or a small meal every three hours. It keeps my energy up for workouts and it also keeps me from making poor food choices. If I have healthy, nutritious things on hand then I’m more likely to eat it.
What snacks do you enjoy?