Mindless Snacking





Spring break is approaching, so that means I’ll be taking a little road trip with my family to visit some of our relatives. We’ve done this trip many times before, so let’s just say I know the ins and outs. If I don’t prepare enough snacks for everyone, certain people start getting a little grouchy (okay, so maybe I’m one of them).

Normally, I try to avoid the “mindless snacking” that can take place in the car or in front of the television, but sometimes you just have to indulge. This road trip will be one of those times, but that doesn’t mean we can’t eat healthy at the same time. According to an article in Real Simple Magazine, a healthy snack should be about 200 calories and have at least 3 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein, and less than 12 grams of fat.

Here is a list of some of my go-to snacks that fit this bill perfectly:

  • ¼ cup of dry roasted edamame – This little snack packs a big punch: about 14 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber!
  • Peanut butter celery boats – Peanut or almond butter and celery are one of my all-time favorite snacks because they’re filled with fiber and nutrients to help keep you feeling satisfied.
  • Popcorn and parmesan cheese – Adding just a little parmesan cheese to the popcorn instead of butter makes it a light and healthy snack with enough fiber to keep you full until your next meal.
  • Homemade trail mix with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts and chocolate chips: Nutritious and delicious!
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