Quick & Clean Snack Foods

Many clean eaters manage to rev up their metabolisms by eating 5 or 6 small meals daily instead of just 3. Of course, this is the ideal, but many other clean eaters find it difficult to work 5 or 6 meals into their busy schedules.

For example, I go to college full time, and I live on campus. My room and board only allows me 3 meals a day during the week and 2 meals a day on weekends. In the summers, I live at home, but I work full time. I’ve worked in a factory, and now I’m working as a server. Both are jobs that do not allow me a chance to eat while on the clock.

This is where snacking becomes a necessity to keep you from getting too hungry, making poor food choices when you do get to eat, and overeating when it’s mealtime. After living a clean eating lifestyle for so long, I’ve realized I snack almost all day long!

Here’s a list of quick, easy, clean snack foods that will keep you satisfied until you get a chance to eat a real meal. They are divided by type, but many fit into multiple categories.

Fruity Snacks:

  • An apple & all natural peanut butter
  • Glass of almond milk & a banana
  • Melon (watermelon & cantaloupe are my favorites!)
  • Fresh fruit (grapes, peaches, pineapple)
  • Frozen banana slices topped with all natural peanut butter
  • All natural unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon
  • Fruit chips
  • Frozen grapes

Veggie Snacks:

  • Vegetable cup (carrots, celery sticks, cauliflower, peppers, broccoli, radishes, cucumbers)
  • Pickles
  • Veggie chips

Protein-Packed Snacks:

  • Veggie sticks & hummus
  • Plain nonfat Greek yogurt with strawberries
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Roma tomato stuffed with ½ can tuna fish
  • ½ chicken breast with mustard
  • Cottage cheese
  • Edamame (soybeans)

Healthy-fat Snacks:

  • A handful of nuts (pistachios, almonds, cashews)
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Trail mix (made yourself with dried fruit, nuts, seeds, edamame)
  • Veggie sticks & guacamole

Complex-carb Snacks:

  • Oatmeal with cinnamon
  • ½ baked sweet potato
  • Quinoa with blueberries
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