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Treats vs snacks. What is the difference?
Treat– A treat is a small amount of food eaten for special occasions. Most treats will not keep you full and usually offer little to no nutritional value. Some of my favorite treats include:
Or any combination of the above. You can see where I am going with this. lol
A snack– a small portion of food eaten between regular meals. Snacks are meant to be eaten to bridge one meal to the next. A good healthy snack will help to keep your energy levels up. Considered them a mini-meal that can help to nourish your body, and fill in nutritional gaps. Highly recommended to prevent “hangry symptoms” lol
My favorite go to list for snacks:
Fruits such as: banana, apple, cantaloupe, watermelon, and grapes and cuties (small oranges)
Protein Bars–Chia Seed Bars and Quest Bars. Be careful when picking some, as they are loaded with sugar.
Nuts and popcorn– almonds, macadamias and cashews. Popcorn is another go to favorite, especially now that you can buy a healthy version all ready popped. 3 cups of popcorn for 35 calories and it comes in many different flavors.
Cheese– definitely one of my favorites and somewhat controversial. The three I go to most often are string cheese, low fat Swiss cheese slices and Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges
Greek yogurt. Our Fred Myers carries a low carb yogurt that is really good. Frozen Yoplait Whips Yogurt seriously taste like ice cream when they are frozen.
Protein shakes and waters. My new favorite protein water is by Atkins. Lift Protein Drinks have 20 grams of protein, 1 net carb and 0 sugar. Makes a nice change from drinking water all day.
My favorite combinations are:
Cheese and Apple Slices
Cheese and meat rolls
Greek Yogurt with fresh fruit
Fruit and cheese kabobs
Some other healthy snack ideas:
hard boiled eggs
vegetable slices- carrots, celery, cucumbers, and slices of fresh green, red, and yellow peppers
celery with hummus
cottage cheese with fresh fruit
smoothies. I tend to avoid these because of the high calorie content but they make a nice addition every once in a while.
I tend to avoid any, “100 Calorie” snack packs. I would rather eat as clean as possible and honestly, I have zero control to eat only one. lol Check out my Pinterest boards for more inspiration and ideas including boards on: Healthy Snacks, Palo, Weight Watchers, Vegetables, Fruits, Low carb and meal planning- Debbiet