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10 HEALTHY SNACKS FOR LAZY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO EAT HEALTHY

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This post was inspired by my good friend Melissa who recently reached out to me needing some “EASY, HEALTHY snack ideas for LAZY people.”

In a perfect would we would all have the time to spend hours playing Top Chef in our kitchens whipping up gourmet meals 24/7. However, normally that is not the case. It’s more like let me struggle to spread some peanut butter on some bread and run out the door.

To keep this list of 10 Healthy Snacks as simple as possible I went to my local Ralph’s to do some investigating. It was important to me to go to a generic grocery store to find these healthy snacks so this would be a more realistic list for everyone. I was surprised by all of the wonderful options Ralph’s had to offer for very affordable prices.

Enjoy and I’d love you hear your favorite EASY, HEALTHY snack in the comment section!

10 Healthy Snacks For Lazy People Wanting To Eat Healthy:

1). Cheese sticks/ Babybel cheese: Cheese, in moderation of course, is a great high protein snack to help keep you full throughout the day. Even better, snack sized cheeses are usually 100 calories or less and are high in calcium.

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2). Pre chopped fruits and veggies: Now let’s be honest, sometimes just the thought of actually cutting an apple or chopping up some carrots is exhausting. There have been times I spend a fortune on fresh fruits and veggies to bring to work and they just go bad because I’m too lazy to prep.

Problem solved. You can buy pre chopped fruits and veggies (yes, they cost a little more). I also recommend keeping a jar of peanut butter or hummus at your desk for dipping options if plain fruits and veggies aren’t your thing.

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3). Pre hard boiled eggs: Eggs are a wonderful high protein, low carbohydrate snack- especially if you are looking to lose weight or gain muscle. Add a little salt or hot sauce to up the flavor.

Pre hard boiled eggs are also great to add to salads at lunch or dinner for a little protein boost.

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4). Protein bars: Not all protein bars were created equal. I’ll spare you all my lecture on artificial sweeteners and go over just 2 basic things to look for when choosing a protein bar:

  • Ingredients: If you know all the ingredients on the back of a bar it’s probably a good choice. For example the ingredients in this Chocolate Chip Brownie Lara Bar are as follows: dates, chocolate chips, almonds, walnuts, cocoa powder and sea salt. Lara Bars and KIND Bars are my favorite for this.
  • Protein to Carb Ratio: You see some bars out there that have 1g of protein and then 30g of carbs…basically you’re eating pure sugar. You want to be sure the amount of protein is equal (if not more) than the amount of carbs…keep that body in balance! Quest Bars are my favorite for this. They have 21g of protein and 22g of carbs…not bad!

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5). Single serve greek yogurts and cottage cheese- Both cottage cheese and greek yogurt are wonderful high protein snacks that can even taste like a treat with fruit added. As an extra bonus a lot of yogurts have probiotics in them which is great for your digestive tract.

My picks for the healthiest greek yogurts: Fage, Chobani 100 and Siggi’s.

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6). Single serve hummus and pretzels: Pretzels are low in fat and have carbs to give you some energy while the hummus has a good amount of protein and fiber from the chickpeas making this a very well rounded snack.

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7). P3 Protein Packs: Or any little protein pack you see all over the place. Honestly, these are not the best option for those who are watching their sodium intake but I love them because of the fact you’re getting 12g of protein from REAL FOOD and get some variety for snack time.

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8). Jerky: Nobody really thinks of jerky for a healthy snack but turkey jerky is extremely low in fat and high in protein. Krave brand is my favorite because they don’t put a ton of creepy preservatives in their products- they’re naturally moist and delicious.

I’d recommend only eating about 1 oz of jerky at a time for a snack. Just to put it into perspective this bag has about 3.5 1 oz servings in it. I’ve seen pre portioned jerky at stores before but just couldn’t find it at Ralph’s.

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9). Mini bags of popcorn: Really any mini bag/ 100 calorie bag of popcorn works for this. I know when I’m bored at work all I want is something salty to crunch on and popcorn makes an awesome low calorie healthy snack (without the butter of course). Popcorn even has some healthy fiber in it to help keep you full!

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10). Pre portioned packs of nuts: Any nuts make a great snack but they’re SO EASY to overeat. I highly recommend 100 calorie packs for this reason. Almonds are my favorite option because they have the highest amount of protein and fiber paid with beneficial healthy fats to keep you full and satisfied.

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Again, I’d love to know…what’s your favorite easy, healthy snack?

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply Amanda @ Exploring Life & Things January 6, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I love all of these! Especially hummus, greek yogurt, protein bars and fruit. My recent snack obsession has been an apple or banana with peanut butter. I think I could have it for every meal haha.

  • Reply Diana Becker January 6, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I love apples and peanut butter too…especially tart green apples! YUM!!

  • Reply Shannon January 6, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Totally agree on the pre sliced veggies! I find for the most part, the price difference isn’t too much but the time saved is TOTALLY worth it and it just makes it SO much easier to bring to the office or throw in your gym bag! Especially having it your way with hummus or peanut butter! The skinny girl popcorn sounds sooooo good too – you had me at butter & sea salt 😉 xx SS

    • Reply Diana Becker January 6, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thinks slicing up veggies is simply impossible sometimes haha! You have to try the popcorn it’s so good and another brand I’m obsessed with is Skinny Pop- their white cheddar pre popped popcorn is delicious! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  • Reply Susan Becker January 7, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Great snack ideas!! Thank you for sharing. We all need these tasty treats to get thru the day!!!!

    • Reply Diana Becker January 7, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Thank YOU! They’re awesome to stash at your desk 🙂

  • Reply Ashley @ A Lady Goes West January 8, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Wouldn’t you know that I’m eating a single-serve Fage Greek yogurt as I read this? I like to get the individual nut butter packages and pair that with an apple. Whole jar of PB? That’s a recipe for scooping out too much for a snack! Great suggestions!

    • Reply Diana Becker January 10, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      I love Justin’s single serve almond butter aka crack! Peanut butter is my weakness- I really could eat an entire jar in 1 sitting haha! Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂

  • Reply Beverley @ sweaty&fit January 8, 2016 at 11:58 am

    this is such a great post! reminds me of all the cheesesticks i used to eat as a kid and don’t anymore. i gotta change that!
    my favorite easy/healthy snack is usually just a simple apple which i cut up at work!

    • Reply Diana Becker January 10, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Aww thank you so much. I forgot about cheese sticks too until I did this post and they’re so good- love Babybel and Laughing Cow cheese as well. Apples are the BEST snack- so filling and refreshing. Thanks again for stopping by 🙂

  • Reply Alyssa January 13, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Love this post, gives me so many ideas for stuff to keep in my dorm room! Hard boiled eggs are the best snack, same with string cheese. So easy to just grab on the go! Also quest bars are my favoriteeeee!

    • Reply Diana Becker January 13, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Thank you I’m glad I couple give you a few good snack ideas. What’s your favorite flavor of Quest bar?

  • Reply Claire @ My Pink & Green Life August 26, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Oh I LOVE Lara Bars! Especially that Chocolate Brownie one–I just picked up a box to take on vacation with me this weekend and I couldn’t resist opening it to try one. Yum! These are all fabulous ideas. 🙂

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