Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Favorites: Healthy Snack Choices

Although my diet is rather healthy, that doesn't mean that I don't have the urge to snack sometimes.  What I found about working out is that I actually become hungrier the more active I am.  Instead of grabbing something filled with fat and calories, reach for a snack that is equally crunchy or sweet.  Another tip that helps curb my cravings is to eat small meals throughout the day versus eating two or three large meals.  What are some of your favorite snacks?

Here are some of my favorite healthy snack choices:

1) Hummus and Carrots | Carrots are nutrient-rich and delicious with a side of hummus.  I like this roasted red pepper hummus from Whole Foods.  Next time you're craving something crunchy, grab some of these.

2) Sauteed Spinach and Shiitake Mushrooms | When I'm craving something savory, I like to whip up this quick dish.  Simply sautee some garlic in a pan, add the mushrooms with a few handfuls of spinach and a drizzle of low-sodium soy sauce and you have a yummy dish that is good for you!

3) Raw Almonds and Dried Cranberries | This is the best of both worlds because I get something crunchy and sweet at the same time.  When I'm on-the-go, I grab a handful of these and I instantly have a boost of energy.

4) Mediterranean Crunch Salad | This is light and packed with crunchy vegetables that are good for you - garbanzo beans, fennel, cucumber, parsley, kalamata olives (very few), onions, red pepper, kale, cherry tomatoes, mint, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.  It's perfect for a late afternoon snack.