Updated: Jul 9, 2019
Inspired by a friend to share my favorite snacks to keep the hunger away. Keep these essentials at work, home, on the mountain, for afternoon slumps, mid-morning alertness, or adventure boosts!
1. Veggies with Hummus
A simple but true friend to anyone. Cut up veggies, lots of them, like really a lot, and bring some hummus along for the ride. Feeling spicy? Put some sriracha or hot sauce on your hummus for extra pizzazz.
2. Apple with Nut Butter/Cinnamon
Take your favorite nut butter and pair with an apple, or really any favorite fruit. Cinnamon not only adds more flavor, it actually helps regulate your blood sugar levels as well. Allergic to nuts? Try sunflower seed butter!
3. Energy Bites
One of my favorite snacks, especially while on the trails are energy bites. A food processor or heavy duty blender will be needed for many of the recipes you'll find but others can be as simple as you'd like to make them. Filled with good fats, superfood nutrients, and good carbs to help you last through those final miles or long afternoons at work.
Try these favorite recipes
4. Avocado with Salt/Pepper
More healthy fats for the win! If you're lucky enough to meet a ripe avocado before it turns then this is a snack for you. Cut it open and sprinkle some salt/pepper then eat. You can get as fancy as you want - course sea salt, nutritional yeast, everything bagel mix, or even add some hummus with sriracha if you're feeling super hungry!
5. Air Popped Popcorn
Air popped popcorn is such a simple, affordable, and satisfying treat for everyone. Buy a large bag of kernels to always have on hand for when the hunger strikes. For a healthier version, spritz some water and add pepper/nutritional yeast. For a sweeter version, add some cinnamon.
Try this recipe from One Green Planet
6. Plain Coconut Yogurt with Berries
Whether it be store bought or homemade, a bit of yogurt with some berries can give you the right fats to keep you fresh and alert in between meals. Add some cinnamon or granola for extra flavor and crunch. Make sure it's plain, with no sugar to avoid the sugar crash. If you're allergic to coconuts, or just not a fan, you can also try soy, almond or even cashew based yogurts!
Try making your own homemade with this recipe from Minimalist Baker
7. Romaine Leafs with Tahini Drizzle
This is one of my new favorites. Take a few whole romaine leafs, drizzle tahini, and add Trader Joe's everything bagel spice mix. The crunch, the flavor, seriously so satisfying. Play around with the spices, add hemp or chia seeds, nutritional yeast - so many options!
8. Roasted Chickpeas
If you're looking for a super crunchy yet protein packed snack, then this is for you. There are tons of flavor options and recipes you can find on google, so feel free to get creative. Biena Snacks offer great options for store bought as well. The best part of this snack is that you can take them on your travels, hikes, work, shopping - really everywhere!
Try this Salt & Vinegar recipe from Oh She Glows
9. Nut Butter Stuffed Dates
I love dates, like so much that I'm eating this snack while writing this. The creamy texture, the almost caramel flavor and then the pairing of a nut butter? Ah, melt right in your mouth. Grab some organic dates, add a bit of your favorite nut butter, cinnamon and hemp seeds. A perfectly sweet treat packed with the right nutrition to keep you sustained during any activity.
10. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
A year round favorite, and can be found in most bulk bins at your local grocery store. A heart healthy satisfying treat with endless flavor possibilities.