Two things to keep in mind: 1) This list is constantly changing for me. I have a bit of a short attention span when it comes to food, so I like to switch things up every now and then. 2) I put “healthy” in quotes because it means different things to different people. Some consider the number of calories as an indicator, while others look at certain nutrients, or certain combinations of nutrients. I find myself doing the latter. I’ve never believed in counting calories. It’s all about balance and moderation. And when it comes to snacks, I have 3 criteria that must be satisfied:
- Can’t take too much time to make/prepare
- It needs to be filling so I won’t be hungry again 20 min. later
- It needs to have some nutritional value
So! With that being said, here are my current 3 favorite go-to snacks:
Yes…I know this one is a bit of a no-brainer. But I would seriously die without granola bars. I have a pretty fast metabolism. I’ve observed that one 250-calorie Clif Bar will allow me to go a little less than 2-hours before my stomach starts growling again. And for the small size of these bars, that’s pretty good. They’re perfect for school–especially on test days. I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times my stomach has awkwardly started growling in the middle of a test. And my stomach is weird in that when it gets REALLY hungry, it makes farting noises. Yes, I kid you not. So granola and protein bars have always been a life saver for me. A couple of bites and I’m good to go. I know the bars themselves aren’t that light in sugar, but a lot of them have a good combination of vitamins/minerals mixed in as well. And they don’t taste half bad. I usually resort to Clif Bars just because they’re the most filling. And the chocolate chip flavor is my favorite!! Some of their other flavors are pretty nasty…I’ll admit. But that’s the other good thing about these bars. There is so much variety that I’m sure you’ll be able to walk into a supermarket and find at least one that you’ll like.
I love pistachios. They’re the perfect on-the-go snack–no preparation needed. And I find them to be surprisingly filling! 1/4 cup has 160 calories and comes packed with several vitamins/minerals, including Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Copper, and some others. There’s been scientific evidence suggesting that eating 1.5 ounces of nuts per day may reduce the risk of heart disease. I find pistachios to be pretty tasty too, so it’s a win-win for me! The only bad thing is that they’re kind of pricey…I usually buy the big bags from Costco because they’re cheaper by the ounce, but if you’re thinking about giving it a try for the first time I’d recommend going with a smaller bag first. Don’t waste pistachios! 🙂
3. The Soft-Boiled Egg
I’m absolutely OBSESSED with soft-boiled eggs. They are so so delicious. Some people don’t like the molten texture of the yolk, but I think it’s the best thing that’s ever happened, haha. This one definitely takes the longest to make out of the three…but even then, 6 minutes for this heavenly snack is so worth it! And it’s packed with protein and good fats! Here’s the simple recipe:
- Bring a small pot of water (water should be 3-inches high) to a boil
- Carefully put the egg in and turn the heat down so that the water is barely simmering
- Set a timer for 6 minutes
- When the timer goes off, scoop the egg into a bowl of COLD water. COLD. Not room temperature.
- Let it cool for about 3-4 minutes before carefully peeling.
And that’s it! Feel free to adjust the cooking time to get the yolk texture to your liking.
Hope you guys enjoyed this post! What are some of your favorite snacks? Are any of you soft-boiled egg fanatics like me? 🙂 Let me know in a comment, I’d love to hear!