Menu Plan : A week of snacks

Some folks have an easy time of eating healthy meals. The problems come when it’s snack time. Especially around mid afternoon whether you’re stuck at work and waiting till 5:00, or at home and the chips are calling.

I am one of those folks. My health goals can fly out the window quicker than a cat chases a mouse as soon as I see some M&M’s sitting in the office candy bowl. (I swear the office I worked in was the worst diet sabotager ever!) So what do I do for healthy snacks? I actually plan them. Not really day specific, but when I go shopping I bring a list of snacks I need to buy in order to get me through the week. And it kept me out of the vending machine, and now it keeps me on my nutrition plan.

Plus snacking is actually healthy if done right. Eating every few hours keeps your blood sugar stable. And when your blood sugar (insulin) remains stable, your entire endocrine (hormone) system works better as a whole.It also helps you to control your eating during meals, since you aren’t famished by the time dinner rolls around. My snacks need to be quick, and they need to feed my body. And I need to be able to eat them with one hand since I normally eat them in front of the computer.

Things I always keep around for snacks:

  • Raw nuts (preferably if I have time, I soak and dehydrate them)
  • cheese, usually sharp white cheddar
  • dried fruits
  • grapes – I love grapes!
  • cut up celery – cut it up when you bring it home and it’s ready to go
  • baby carrots or regular carrots cut up – add some dip if you really need it :-)
  • hard boiled eggs – make half a dozen or so, peel them, and they’re ready to go
  • fruit. any fruit will do, but the easiest ones are eaten without needing to be peeled
  • granola bars
  • wheat cinnamon graham squares – great if you crave something sweet!
  • homemade wheat thins
  • plain yogurt and fruit with honey – better if you’re not on the go :-)
  • popcorn popped in an air popper or popped in butter – NOT microwaved stuff!
  • and when you must have chocolate (you know, during those hormonal times) go to the health food store and buy yourself some really good organic dark chocolate. It’s better than depriving yourself completely because if you’re anything like me, you’ll just end up devouring 3 snickers bars when you hit the store.

Well, that’s my week of snacks this week. I hope to find the time this afternoon to get most of them ready so I don’t have to think about it anymore and I can just grab and go. Otherwise my husbands Doritos start to look to good. Must. Stay. Away. (really I do, they give me migraines because of the MSG, but sometimes it’ s just not a strong enough deterrent!)

So what are you snacking on this week? Anything I should put in my menu for next week?
About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. $5 Dinner Mom says:

    What a most excellent idea to plan snacks! I plan them for my kids and usually just end up what they are eating…always healthy! I hope this encourages many!
    Erin

  2. Alison @ Wholesome Goodness says:

    I plan my snacks too, but I’ve been a bit lax about it lately. I like hummus, avocado-lime-cilantro dip, and miso-tahini dip for cut-up veggies. Oh, and I just adore cucumber slices. And black olives. And red, yellow, and orange bell peppers. Even raw green beans can make great snacks if they’re sweet and not tough. Prepping veggies at the beginning of the week really helps.

    I completely relate to needing to have healthy snacks on hand! I have to “snack” because of my hypoglycemia, and blood sugar lows can definitely propel me toward bad choices if I don’t have good ones readily available. Oh, the bad things I have eaten in a fix…

  3. No ideas to add, but just had to comment on your blog title. I love it!! :)

  4. Great menu :)

    My Menu Plan

  5. I love the blog title too!
    Thanks for the great snack ideas. We do a lot of fruit around here, but as I’m pregnant now I am snacking more often and sometimes needed more substantial munchies than a plum or apple.
    I’m grocery shopping today, so I’m adding a few of these ideas to my list. I think my kids would love the homemade wheat thins, too.

  6. Thank you for posting all those great snacks! I checked the scale today and according to it – I need to stop snacking on unhealthy stuff. We’ve got a microwave air popper that is great to have popcorn without the extra calories. 😀 Thanks for the wheat thin and graham snack recipes. I’m going to have to try making both of those this week. 😀
    Have a great week!
    Sherry

  7. Hi!
    Just found your blog, and this post is remarkably relevant to my life. I am a full-time law student, and have had to plan entire days full of snacks – no time to eat a meal while at law school.
    So – here’s a typical day: yogurt smoothie in the car, peach, homemade trail mix, string cheese, hard-boiled eggs, crackers, apple, granola bar, then a salad w/ some protein in it for dinner. Not too exciting, but it keeps me going – and drives away my nauseau – I am 8 weeks pregnant and eat about every two hours. :)

  8. Sara – Congratulations on your pregnancy! Must be hard to get in all the nutrients you need when so busy, but it sounds like you do a great job!

  9. Would an oven also work for dehydrating soaked nuts?
    Thanks!
    Kimberly

  10. Yup- an oven will work, just keep it on the lowest setting and open it every once in awhile to keep the temp low.