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Wellness / December 31, 2016

Snacks that don’t suck

Written by: Alix Brossette

Most of us have spent the last month or so indulging in holiday goodies. But it’s 2017 now, and that means it’s time to to start cleaning up our act.

It’s one thing to get a handle on our main meals throughout the day, but many of us struggle to choose something healthy when we need to grab a snack on the go.

Thankfully, many companies have hit the market lately with healthy, low-sugar alternatives to many of our favorite snacks. There’s now something clean, easy, and portable for snack cravings of all kinds.

 

For the mid-morning

As a nutritionist, I generally advise clients to skip the morning snack. If they’ve eaten a good breakfast, there’s generally no need.

But life can get in the way of even the best routine—and when it does, there are some healthy snack options to consider.

I suggest mid-morning snacks that are a bit higher in carbohydrates and have a moderate serving of protein. The items pictured above (and listed below) meet both those criteria. VEGA is entirely plant-based, and the KIZE bars have a terrific source of whey protein in them. Both brands have very clean ingredients and won’t create a blood-sugar spike.

If you are considering a snack before your workout, I recommend these bars about an hour before you hit the gym.

My picks:

  • VEGA Sport Bars
  • VEGA One Bars
  • KIZE Bars

 

For the afternoon munchies

Nutritionists refer to the hours between 2 and 5 p.m. as the “witching hours”. It’s the time of day when people are generally most likely to make dietary mistakes—lunch has often worn off, and end-of-day fatigue has set in. Many people crave the quick, reliable energy of sugar.

The options below actually provide more energy than a candy bar. They’re high in good fats and proteins, and won’t cause a spike in blood sugar. Though they might not be exactly what many people crave, they’re more likely to help us get to dinner without chewing our arms off.

These items can also be consumed about an hour after a workout.

My picks:

  • KIND STRONG Bars
  • Primal Kitchen Dark Chocolate Almond Bars
  • EPIC Jerky Bars
  • Mighty Bar Jerky Bars

 

To kill the sweet-tooth

Last but not least, snackers need a a way to tackle that pesky sweet tooth that develops over the holidays. Because let’s be honest—sheer willpower usually just isn’t enough to deny our sugar cravings.

Thankfully, there are some healthy ways to scratch that itch. These items could also be placed in the “afternoon munchies” list, but I would not suggest these after a workout due to their higher fat content.

I suggest eating these no more than four days a week… and less if possible. If eaten as a dessert, these items are best enjoyed in half servings.

My picks:

  • Thrive Bars
  • KIND Low Sugar Bars
  • Justin’s Almond Butter packets
  • ProBar Almond Butter packets
  • Alyssa’s Healthy Oatmeal Bites

 

Have a favorite healthy snack option that didn’t make this list? Email us at [email protected] to let us know!

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Alix Brossette

Alix is a coach and licensed nutritionist whose trademark crazy, curly hair creates the perfect vibe for who she is - lots of energy, depth and discipline, which when tamed is inspiring and when wound tight (like her curls) is her driving force.

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