Here we are back to the beginning of a new month and it is time for the February Edition of Trending Bytes. Yesterday, Crystal told us what she is loving in her February Edition of Trending Bytes and it was a lot of fun!
I have had a lot going on and one thing that helps me when life won’t wait is to make sure I am eating well. Lately, I have been eating smaller meals throughout the day, which at times is more like snacking. Key points to snacking smart are to keep your portions small, combine protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day so that you are not overeating when you are actually thirsty. My last point is check in with yourself if you are actually hungry. I know I am guilty of bored, sad, lonely, etc. eating habits. Need some snacking inspiration? Check out what I am munching on now!
Dry Roasted, Lightly Salted Pumpkin Seeds and Raw Cashews
I love this combination because it is crunchy, lightly salted, and a bit sweet. Plus, both cashews and pumpkin seeds are great sources of protein, fats, and can be premade to carry with you throughout the day. I usually do one ounce of cashews and half of an ounce of pumpkin seeds. Bonus tips: avoid nuts or seeds roasted with canola oil and overly salted, and aim to have organic or buy from a trusted source to make sure you are having the healthiest snack possible.
Trader Joe’s Organic String Cheese
Man, I love these! Not only are they organic, priced well, but delicious! Pre-portioned and portable they make a great snack for anyone with plenty of protein and fat to keep anyone going strong. Bonus tip: if you do not have a Trader Joe’s nearby then look for another brand that is preferably organic, full fat (vs. low fat), and is minimally processed.
Fresh Pineapple with Whipped Coconut Cream
I did not get a photo of this because I ate it before I could…Opps! I love this snack when I want something sweet, yet filling. To make my life easier I usually buy precut pineapple, but feel free to buy a pineapple and cut it up. Whipped Coconut Cream is super easy to make. Basically, you take a can of coconut cream and chill it for at least 3 hours. The colder the coconut cream the better. Once it is cold, dump out the coconut (minus the water) into a stand mixer. Whip for a few minutes, until desired consistency. I like to add a little vanilla extract too. I add a 1/4 of a cup of chopped pineapple to a bowl and top with a generous spoonful of whipped coconut cream. Sometimes I like to add nuts too. Any leftover coconut cream can be kept in the fridge for several days.
There you have what I am snacking on right now… literally 😉
What snacks do you love? What keeps you going all day long?