Green smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch, protein and roasted vegetables for dinner. Got it. Over time, we’ve mastered the art of always having the ingredients needed for a quick and healthy meal on hand, any time of the day. But what on Earth should we eat in between? When you’ve sworn off processed foods forever, that leaves only whole foods (read: requires preparation) lying around. And your mid-afternoon hunger demands something more complex than just a plain piece of fruit! Next time you are struck with the urge to snack, reach for one of these nourishing (and quick!) solutions to hunger recommended by Holistic Nutritionist and Mindful Health founder, Nicole Glassman.
Their tagline is, “We let our ingredients do the talking”. And looking at the minimalist wrapper design, you can see why they are so proud. With lean protein from egg whites, satiating healthy fats from nuts, and all-natural sweetness from dates, these bars leave you feeling clean and energized. Also - how AMAZING is the flavor variety they offer when they are so particular about ingredient quality?! From Mint Chocolate to Blueberry to Pumpkin Spice, there is an RX Bar for everyone! My favorite is Coconut Chocolate.
Dried apricots, dark chocolate, handful of almonds
This snack is one of Nicole’s absolute favorites! Apricots are a great source of fiber, potassium, and benefit the thyroid. If possible, buy sulfate-free! Dark chocolate boosts seratonin levels, thus enhancing your mood, while providing antioxidants that clear free radical damage. The magnesium it provides can ease muscle cramps and relax the nervous system. Combining this sweet duo with a handful of almonds gives the snack staying power due to the healthy fats in the almonds.They are also a great source of vitamin E which is good for skin health. Besides being healthy, it’s SUPER portable!
Cookies and cream protein shake
Protein shakes make amazing meal replacements during a cleansing period. The Mindful Health Cleanse, a holistic 14-day detox program meant to cleanse the mind, body, and soul, will definitely have you feeling full on 2 shakes a day plus 1 meal. But what about when your cleanse is over? A clean protein powder (check out Glo-tein!), can make satiating shakes accessible for snacking year round. For a mid-morning or afternoon snack that will tide you over until your next meal, try this Cookies and Cream protein shake!
In a small blender (a Magic Bullet or Nutribullet would be great here), place ½ a frozen banana, ½ scoop vanilla flavored or plain protein powder, 1 tablespoon nut butter, 2 tablespoons coconut cream, 2 tablespoons cacao nibs, and about ¼ cup of almond milk (more or less depending on your preferred consistency). Blend until smooth!
½ avocado, hummus, and nori with a hardboiled egg
Avocados are known for being full of healthy monounsaturated fats, but did you know that ½ an avocado contains as much potassium as a banana? There’s also 5 grams of fiber, magnesium, vitamins C and B6… All the more reasons to love these delicious and versatile green goddesses! Add a hardboiled egg and some hummus for additional protein and wrap it in iron and calcium-rich nori (the seaweed that wraps sushi), and this vitamin and mineral packed powerhouse snack will be a nourishing staple you’ll be excited to make again and again.
Apple slices with 1-2 tablespoons of almond butter, sprinkled with cinnamon
A childhood favorite, updated! With so many varieties of apples available in commercial grocery stores and an equivalent number of nut and seed butter choices, this classic snack won’t get old anytime soon. Gala with almond butter, Granny Smith with sunflower seed butter, Pink Lady with cocoa hazelnut butter, oh my! Cinnamon is a great addition for it’s ability to lower blood sugar, reduce heart disease risk factors, and fight inflammation in the body.
Greek or coconut yogurt with berries
Berries are both extremely antioxidant rich AND low in sugar. When something is low in calories while providing that many cancer-fighting compounds (anthocyanins, quercetin, vitamin C, folate, the list goes on), nutritionists refer to this food as being “nutrient-dense”, and the ideal diet contains many foods with a high nutrient-density! Greek yogurt (or coconut, for those sensitive to dairy) provides a creamy, protein-rich vehicle for all that nutrient-dense, juicy berry goodness.
2 oz of organic and free-range chicken or turkey with salsa and mixed veggies wrapped in a large lettuce leaf
Lean protein and veggies? This one’s a no brainer. Using a large leaf of romaine, iceberg lettuce, or cabbage is a creative way for those who are avoiding grain or gluten to take handheld snacks on-the-go.
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