Welcome to the latest edition of 52 healthy habits, where each week we tackle a new healthy habit. Living a healthy lifestyle is not about willpower or motivation. It's all about your habits day in and day out. Establish healthy habits then you'll live a healthy lifestyle.
It doesn't matter if you are starting your journey this week or have been living healthfully for the last ten years, there is always room for incremental improvements. Small steps lead to big changes over time.
This week we are talking about snacking. The secret to success with snacking is planning ahead. A daily trip to the vending machine can turn into an unhealthy habit if you're not prepared.
I love snacking. I prefer to eat slightly smaller meals and then spread out the calories over a morning and afternoon snack. I usually prepare and bring my lunch to work and add a variety of healthy snacks to my bag.
Here are 52 reasons to avoid the vending machine. You'll never succumb to the pull of the quarter machine when you have healthy snacks in your back pocket (literally or figuratively). Here are some ideas to get you started.
52 Healthy Snack Ideas
3. String cheese
4. Plain Greek yogurt with berries
5. Cottage cheese with berries
6. Cottage cheese with pineapples
7. Fruit salad
8. Baby carrots and hummus
9. Apple slices and natural peanut butter
10. Celery and natural peanut butter
11. Cherry tomatoes with mozzarella
13. Protein bites
15. Orange or clementines
17. Mini peppers
18. Banana and natural peanut butter
19. Hard boiled eggs
21. Protein shake
Or mix your own protein shake. Click image for recipe.
22. Raw veggies with guacamole
23. Sunflower seeds
24. Sugar snap peas
25. Tuna lettuce wraps
26. Natural turkey roll ups
28. Natural peanut butter on whole wheat toast
29. Avocado on whole wheat toast
30 Cucumber slices with tuna
31. Small garden salad
32. Shrimp with cocktail sauce
33. Natural turkey jerky
34. Homemade protein bars, click image for recipe
35. Unsweetened applesauce
36. Fruit skewers
38. Old fashion oatmeal (add berries and cinnamon to flavor)
39. Nut butters on a spoon
40. Natural granola
41. Raw veggies with Greek yogurt dip
42. Flavored tuna packs
44. Sliced tomatoes with feta cheese
45. Marinated mushrooms
46. Air popped popcorn
47. Powdered peanut butter mixed with plain yogurt
50. Pumpkin seeds
51. Deviled eggs
52. Black beans and corn
My brain kind of hurts from thinking of 52 healthy snacks. hah. Did I miss any of your favorites? What's your favorite healthy snack?
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Need to catch up on the 52 healthy habits series?
52 HEALTHY HABITS SERIES
week 1: Early to Rise
week 2: Track calories
week 3: Macro cycling
week 4: Morning pages (journaling)
week 5: Stop the scrolling (reading instead of social media)
week 6: Be a good student (take time for learning)
week 7: Strength Training 15 minutes per day
week 8: Eat more protein
week 9: Take a coffee break (break from caffeine)
week 10: Mindful eating
week 11: Create and follow a sleep ritual
week 12: 10 Easy ways to eat more vegetables
week 13: A rant
week 14: 10K steps a day
week 15: Drink more water
week 16: How to self-assess your food journal
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While I am a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach, I am not your personal trainer and nutrition coach. Since I don't know your exercise abilities, injury background or medical history, please see your doctor before beginning any new exercise or diet program. This is an opinion blog. No information in this blog is intended to be taken as medical advice or prescription. Please see your doctor and/or registered dietitian for any health concerns.