Snacking’s got a bad rap. And while it’s true that we should be mindful of eating out of boredom or stress, some days we just need extra fuel! For those between-meal tummy rumbles, here are our (and our Spoon Crew’s) go-tos.
Are You Hydrated?
Before you do dive into a bag of veggie chips (more on those below), make sure you’re actually hungry! Our brain often confuses thirst with hunger, so to avoid the mix-up, drink a glass of water, wait 10–15 minutes, and see how you feel. Still hungry? Let’s snack!
Raw veggies are our best snack friends: carrots, cucumber, sugar snap peas, celery… you get the idea! If you want something more filling, the healthy fats in avocados will keep you satisfied for longer, and avo toast is always an option!
Veggie chips or crackers fulfill our crunchy cravings. There’s so much choice when choosing these — always make sure the ingredient list is clean. Some of our faves are: Enlightened roasted broad bean crisps, Awesome Foods kale chips, Go Raw Flax Snax, Rhythm Superfoods beet chips, and Jillz Gluten-Free Crackerz.
Adding a protein- or healthy-fat-filled dip makes these snacks even more satisfying: hummus (try out Ithaca!), a nut or seed butter, or, you guessed it, guac.
Our Light Soups also make great snacks — missed your Reset Day? Enjoy the Light Soups chilled or hot throughout the week.
Sugar cravings are normal, and hard to conquer. Keep some of these healthier snacks on hand to help avoid 3pm sweets emergencies
Fresh fruit is always a great option (change your choices with the seasons to keep it fresh: berries in the summer, apples in the fall); drizzle on nut butter on top or add a handful of raw nuts & seeds to make it more substantial.
If you’re chocolate-obsessed (we know how you feel), then don’t stress. A square or two of dark chocolate should satisfy your craving, and provide a generous dose of antioxidants. Be mindful of the sugar content though — look for chocolate that contains 15 grams of sugar (or fewer) per 100 grams of chocolate.
Craving something heartier? Throw together our office’s fave yogurt parfait: fresh fruit, yogurt (try Forager Project’s vegan options), and a sprinkle of a healthier granola (Purely Elizabeth grain-free granola is our go-to!) or a combination of nuts and seeds on top.