If you’ve realized that your winter weight is going to keep you from feeling your best during the warm spring and summer months, then it’s time to take a peek at how to keep yourself full between meals without binging on foods that are going to increase your waistline. It’s a good idea to keep in mind your specific dietary restrictions and make sure to speak to your doctor before starting any kind of diet. Once you’ve got the all clear, it’s time to get shopping for those healthy snacks between meals. I’d suggest starting with some great containers to portion your snacks out and keep them the right temp.
Healthy Snack Containers
You can go the reusable bag route if your snack wont squish easily. These work well for nuts, crackers, etc. and as a bonus they can go in the dishwasher and stand up on their own! If you want containers, because who doesn’t fall for cute tupperware (just me? That’s okay!) then these are going to be a hit! Not only do they stack, are dishwasher safe, but they are also going to keep things separated and from getting squished. If space is an issue, then these darling tupperware will give you four quadrants to hit your snack fancy.
Now on to the recipes…
Recipe 01: Cottage Cheese with Tomatoes, Cucumber, and Avocado
This is a fabulous low calorie snack with 17 g of protein and a ton of flavor!
- 1/2 c. lowfat cottage cheese
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 dash salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 c. halved grape tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
- 1/2 c. chopped English seedless cucumbers
- 1/2 small avocado
Simply mix everything but the cottage cheese together in a bowl. Last, pour over top of your cottage cheese and enjoy!
Recipe 02: Caprese Salad
Talk about a feast for the eyes and the belly! This salad has 6g of protein and some fabulous flavor.
- 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 sliced roma tomato (or grape tomatoes)
- 1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 oz. Mozzarella
- 2 1/2 fresh basil leaves
Start by slicing your tomatoes into your desired size, followed by slicing your Mozzarella. Then, toss together and drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. Top with basil and enjoy!
Recipe 03:Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
This is a great afternoon snack when you’re craving something sweet. The sweetness from the fruit pairs nicely with the creamy protein of the cheese for a win!
- 6 oz. fresh blueberries
- 6 oz. fresh raspberries
- 8 oz cubed colby jack cheese
Simply stack your toothpicks with cheese and fruit!
Recipe 04: Celery Sticks and Peanut Butter
This is a classic that throws it back to grade school for me, but I still love it! with 8g of protein and a whole lotta crunch, this snack is great for the morning or the afternoon!
- 5 four-inch sticks of celery
- 2 Tbsp. nut butter of your choice
You can pre-spread the nut butter on your celery, or your can choose to dip and enjoy!
Recipe 05: Bark Thins
Okay, so this isn’t a recipe as much as it is the perfect treat for a crazy day. The chocolate is slightly sweet, but all the recipes provide some protein in the form of almonds or pretzels. You can get a mixed set here, and trust me, you won’t regret it.
I hope that you have a great afternoon filled with healthy snacking!