Eating small snacks between meals can help you maintain energy levels and stay on track. By grabbing a bite between meals, you’ll be less hungry and more able to resist temptation. But be aware — not all snacks are created equal. A well balanced snack will keep you energized, while one that is heavy, and carbohydrate-laden may leave you drained and craving a nap.

To keep you energy level high, stay away from fatty foods like French fries and potato chips, as well as super-sugary snacks like candy bars and sodas.

Here are a few guilt-free snacks that will also complement your nutritional program.

Basic but Good

  • Carrot and celery sticks
  • Cucumber spears
  • Green pepper sticks
  • Zucchini slices
  • Radishes
  • Broccoli and cauliflower florets, raw or lightly steamed
  • Organic rice cakes lightly salted, or unsalted
  • Grape or cherry tomatoes

Savory Treats

  • 1 small handful of olives
  •  Applegate smoked turkey, spread with a tablespoon of cream cheese and rolled into a pinwheel
  • 1/4 cup hummus and vegetable sticks
  • Organic rice crackers
  • 1/2 cup shelled edamame
  • 1 cup of vegetable chips
  • One handful of roasted or raw nuts; peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds in shell
  • 1/4 cup roasted shelled sunflower seeds
  •  2 pieces ham or prosciutto and 4 dried figs
  • Naturally cured beef, buffalo, or turkey jerky
  • Organic popcorn, microwave or air-popped (Newman’s organic butter flavored microwave popcorn is tasty.)

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

  • Fresh fruit
  • Frozen grapes
  • Fruit smoothie made with a frozen banana, milk (organic, rice, almond or coconut milk) cocoa or peanut butter and protein powder
  • 1/2 frozen banana rolled in toasted coconut
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter with apple slices
  • 2 stalks of celery stuffed with 1 tablespoon of almond butter
  • 1 container organic plain Greek yogurt topped with fresh fruit
  • Baked apple (Granny Smith) made sprinkled with cinnamon, stuffed with chopped walnuts or pecans, raisins and a drizzle of honey.
  • Home-made trail mix made with raisins, raw almonds. raw sunflower seed and organic, unsweetened dried pineapple
  • Protein shake made with 2 tablespoons of protein powder and almond or rice milk. (Try Standard Process’ Whey Pro Complete, Shaklee’s Energizing Soy Protein, or Sunwarrior’s Warrior Blend Raw Protein)
  • 1/2 cup Rice Dream vanilla (ice cream substitute)

Snacks like these will form the basis for a healthy diet and help maintain natural energy levels.

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