By Sam Davis, BHS, CPT, FNS
As a health coach, I highly encourage high protein snacking, so we eat smaller portions throughout the day. (It keeps our blood sugar levels steady.) But there always has to be a method to your madness. For most of us, we eat on the go, and while this is just a fact of everyday, busy life, we have to be prepared for that 3pm energy lull that leaves us unmotivated to finish our work day, go to the gym and crush a workout, or even worse—make us want to hit up the closest fast food joint. Luckily, there are some quick healthy snacks that you can incorporate into your diet for great results.
Before I developed healthier habits, I experimented with some not-so-great ideas. I’d either starve in between meals because I didn’t have access to food. Or, I’d run across the street on breaks to grab two whey protein bars at the gas station. I did this just to stop the hunger (even though I never actually enjoyed eating them). I also never prioritized being prepared in the snack department, even though I always packed my full-sized meals. Snacks should be a priority in your routine as you head out the door for work in the morning; it will change everything—and it doesn’t need to be limited to almonds and hard-boiled eggs. (That gets old real fast.)
Avoiding this midday hunger just takes a little bit of preparation, and lucky for us, snacks can be healthy, yummy, and something to look forward to. Using one of my favorite recipe books (Keto Snacks) I was able to create a substantial list of favorites that I could make in giant batches and have for the week. It has a huge range of really delicious, high protein keto snacks recipes that are easy to make. The whole family can benefit from switching out the bag of chips for the Savory Bacon Knots. (Oh yes…)
By preparing your snacks as you would the rest of your meals, you do two things: establish another very healthy habit that helps you avoid cravings and the urge to eat something you shouldn’t, and allow yourself to easily grab and go when you’re on the run on those crazy mornings. I keep a drawer in my fridge and a basket in my pantry that are strictly designated for portioned out snacks. So just like you would prep your food for the week and store it in the fridge, you should be doing the same thing with snacks so you never find yourself starving in between meals.
There are a ton of unhealthy snacks out there, so in order to resist temptation and stay full in between meals, healthy snack ideas including some high protein snacks and a little bit of pre-planning will be the key to your success.