Happy Friday! We’re now two weeks into 2016. How are you doing with your healthy habits, especially in the food department? Are you tired of eating carrot sticks? 😉

Snacking can be tough and almost feel like an art sometimes…you’re hungry, you’re often short on time, you need to get some fuel to keep going, but you don’t want to overdo it.  If you’re feeling like you need to spice up your healthy snack ideas, I’m here for you!

Here are my 5 fave healthy snack ideas:

1.Homemade hummus – this is a delicious treat that is so easy to whip up! Combine 2 cans of drained and rinsed garbanzo beans (aka chick peas), the juice of 2-3 lemons, salt to taste, garlic cloves/powder to taste, dash of paprika, dash of olive oil, and any other spices/herbs/seasonings/veggies you like in a food processor and blend until smooth. I love to eat hummus on a piece of sprouted grain toast, fresh pepper slices, or zucchini slices. The possibilities are endless!

2.Homemade tuna/chicken “salad” – this is another no bake treat that’s a snap to create! Combine one can of drained tuna/chicken with plain Greek yogurt to taste, then season with whatever floats your boat. I love to add chopped garlic, red onion, salt, pepper, curry, coriander, cumin, turmeric, and garam masala for an Indian flavor palate! If you’re feeling it, you can toss in chopped veggies, throw on top of some greens, or serve the “salad” on crackers and veggie slices.  Tip: the protein makes this a nice choice for a post-workout snack!

3.Hardboiled egg – there are tons of YouTube and Google tutorials on how to best hard boil an egg but basically bottom line all you need to do is cook the egg in boiling water until it’s firm. To make peeling the egg easy, immediately transfer the cooked eggs into a bath of ice and cold water, then peel under cold water. Now you’re ready to throw those bad boys into a plastic baggy for eating on the go! If you have a few extra minutes, you can throw sliced hardboiled eggs on top of a salad, on toast, on a sandwich, or just sprinkle some salt, pepper, your favorite spices on top.

4.Celery and nut butter – celery is an awesome snack because it doesn’t have to be refrigerated and won’t get all beaten up if carried around in your bag all day! Put some of your favorite nut butter into a small, reusable container for a fast and satisfying snack. If you have a few extra moments you can sprinkle some seasonings on top to jazz things up a bit!

5.Veggie nut mix – if I’m looking for a healthy and fresh snack and know I have some random veggies around the house, I’ll just chop some up and then combine them in a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, any herbs I have lying around, and some nuts. A favorite combination is tomatoes, zucchini, pecans, red peppers, avocado, and basil. Yum!

As always, consider my snack ideas as just that – ideas. You’re welcome to modify them however you like. Feel free to get creative with the veggies or the seasonings…it’s up to you!

Don’t beat yourself up about what you ate earlier; each meal is a “Monday morning” and a chance to make a balanced decision. Keep taking care of yourself because you’re worth it!

Laissez les bons temps roulez,

Claire

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