Snacks for Satisfaction

When it comes to snacking I used to be the queen of crap. Flashback to my high school dieting days I would load up on low fat pretzels and 100 calorie packs. I know, I know what you’re thinking, really? but its the truth and because I was loading up on low nutrient, carb loaded snacks I felt hungry a few hours later. Cue that second 100 calorie pack.

After I cleaned up my act a bit I felt better. I was snacking on veggies and fruits, nuts on occasion I felt better but there were still days that I couldn’t figure out why I was starving despite having had an apple or handful of grapes twenty minutes earlier.

Lets break this down a bit. Fruit is not bad but it does contain carbs. When we consume carbs they break down in our blood stream into sugar. Our sugar raises, rapidly with fruit as it is a simple sugar. Remember sugar does not mean bad but when our sugar drops quickly we feel hungry. Another apple anyone?

So here is what has worked for me personally. Pairing carbs with healthy fats or proteins. Boom, satisfaction for longer and a little less feeling like you’re on the crazy hunger train all damn day. The other piece was ditching low nutrient snacks. I started to think of my food as fuel. No more nutrition-less pretzels and diet beverages that left me feeling hungrier. It was time to swap those bad boys out for a handful of almonds or one of the lovely snacks I share below!

Instead of Chips or Crackers:

  • Sea Snax - Seaweed I know it sounds weird, but its packed with iodine to support thyroid function and its perfect for when you’re craving something salty. This is my favorite brand because they are roasted in olive oil not an inflammation provoking omega-6 like soybean or corn oil!

  • Roasted Veggies —beets, zucchini, kale all can be roasted at low heat with olive oil, salt and spices of choice for a salty snack!

  • Raw Veggies — carrots, celery, radishes, mini bell peppers paired with a little guacamole or hummus can be a great way to fix a crunch factor craving.

  • Celery & Peanut butter

  • Roasted Chickpeas

  • Pumpkin Seeds

Instead of Sweets:

  • 1/2 Sliced Apple & Almond Butter

  • Grapes & Walnuts

  • Sliced strawberries & Unsweetened Coconut Yogurt, Coconut Flakes & 1 tsp Honey

  • Banana Ice Cream - 1/2 frozen banana, cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon peanut butter

  • Date Truffles - 1 cup walnuts, 1 cup dates, cocoa powder in a food processor and formed into balls.

  • Chia Seed Pudding

  • Lara Bars - they are pretty high carb so you may find yourself feeling a little hungry, I would pair these with a high activity day (like hiking).

  • Chickpea Cookie Dough Bites

Instead of Crappy Protein Bars or Granola Bars {In order of love}:

  • Dales Raw Food Bars - Online only, they run specials once a quarter typically so sign up for their deal announcements.

  • RX Bars

  • Perfect Bars - A little more like a small meal but so so good.

  • Epic Venison Meat Bar - its a little spicy but real real good.

  • Primal Kitchen Bar

  • Bullet Proof Bar - These are a little spendy but they are awesome when you’re having a sweet tooth craving!

When You’re Uber Hungry:

  • Hard boiled eggs

  • 1/4 cup raw nuts

  • Homemade Beef Jerky

  • Protein Smoothie: 1 scoop clean protein powder (ask me about my superfoods blend), 1 cup berries, 1 tablespoon almond butter

  • Eat a salad - sounds weird but its better to have a mini meal than dive head first into the donuts.

Last but not least if you’re still hungry all the time maybe there is something else going on. Hormonal imbalances, gut imbalances, emotional voids, nutrient deficiencies and so much more can lead to increased hunger and desire to snack! If you’re hungry all the time and you tried these hacks, keep you’re eyes peeled as I’ll be launching a course next month on hunger!