Simple Snacks to Avoid the Mid-day Slump

Simple Snacks to Avoid the Mid-day Slump

Simple Snacks to Avoid the Mid-day Slump

Hi there friends! Thanks so much for welcoming back to Teresa’s fabulous site, Eat Drink and Be Skinny!

As you know, I’m Liz, the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist that’s chatted with you before about Buddha Bowls, Metabolism Boosting Chili and Superfoods!

Today I’m sharing with you another passionate subject, snacking!

It’s no surprise I am snacker – I love food! I love snacking so much I’ve written about it here on my Ask the RDN series, here about the p’s of smart snacking, and here too!

Suffice it to say, I’m in love with snacking; but it appears, so are you!

According to recent research, over 94% of Americans snack daily. Snacks can take on many shapes and forms as we know.

Simple Snacks to Avoid the Mid-day Slump

Snacking gets a bad rap when people associate the foods that are less nutrient dense with typical snacking behaviors, such as chips, soda and candy.

But, the beauty of snacking is that it really can be a vehicle to help fill a void in your current nutrient intakes while also giving you that between meal nourishment to give you the energy you need to power through your day.

I always tell my clients focus on the rule of three. Try to hit three food groups with each snack to feel satiated and satisfied. By using different foods with unique textures, tastes and mouth-feels you allow your body to be nourished using all your senses.

Let’s take a look at three simple ways snacking can come to your rescue to provide you with an extra serving or two of veg, a protein boost or simply, a sweet treat, guilt free!

Hummus with Carrots

Sure, this isn’t the first time you’ve heard this, but I promise you, it’s so satisfying!  Not only does hummus provide protein, healthy fat and carbohydrates, it’s also fairly inexpensive when you prepare at home! Make a batch of this vegan, gluten free hummus on Sunday to enjoy all week long!

Cottage Cheese Dip with Baked Tortilla Chips

Simple Snacks to Avoid the Mid-day Slump

I never said no chips! This recipe is so simple and delicious and delivers a hefty dose of spinach, protein packed cottage cheese and whole grain chips. The perfect combo to leave you feeling full well into dinner.

Sweet and Salty Popcorn Mix

Simple Snacks to Avoid the Mid-day Slump

Satisfy that sweet tooth with hearty healthy nuts, fiber filled popcorn and sweet cocoa! This recipe is the perfect way to crush that mid afternoon sweet tooth without giving in to the candy machine!

Remember, snacking can be a balanced part of a healthy meal plan! Plan ahead and make sure to fuel your body with foods that feed your mind and soul!

Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RD, CLT
Elizabeth is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Lifestyle Eating and Performance Therapist and bona fide Health Nut in San Diego, CA. She owns a nutrition communications and wellness consulting company and is an Adjunct Professor of Nutrition for the San Diego Community College District.

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