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Question #92107 posted on 04/01/2019 5:48 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are some of your favorite healthy snacks?

-Peppers & Hummus

A:

Dear Peppers,

Disclaimer: we are not doctors, and our suggestions for "healthy" snacks will vary greatly because what each writer considers healthy will vary. Personally, I like my healthy snacks to have lots of fruits and vegetables, avoid processed sugars, and have protein so I'm not hungry right after I finish eating. I also tend to answer a lot of healthy snack questions because snacking is my preferred form of eating, so I'm repeating myself from some of the answers Tipperary links to below, sorry. I know what I like, but I also try to add at least one new recommendation every time I make a list of my favorite healthy snacks.

  • Avocado toast. Let me tell you the best way to make it--mash up an avocado with a fork, adding only a little bit of salt. Spread liberally on top of toast, adding some fresh cilantro, a runny fried egg, and a drizzle of sriracha on top. It is perfection
  • Bananas with peanut butter (frozen bananas with peanut butter are really good, too)
  • Greek yogurt with berries and oats 
  • Edamame
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Scrambled eggs with a heck ton of vegetables mixed in (I personally like them with peppers, onions, mushrooms, and spinach) (yes, this is basically just an omelette but for people who are bad at flipping omelettes)
  • Naked juice
  • Apple slices with cheddar cheese
  • SkinnyPop popcorn or popcorn you make yourself on the stovetop
  • Carrots or peppers with hummus
  • Premier Protein shakes
  • Kirkland brand protein bars (be careful with protein bars, because a lot of them claim to be "protein bars," but are actually mostly just chocolate and sugar with a few nuts mixed in to add protein. Kirkland is actually pretty good at giving you a lot of protein with relatively few calories and without tons of sugar)
  • Smoothies (I like making them with plain Greek yogurt, frozen berries, some milk, and stevia)
  • Mixed nuts
  • Those grapefruit cups with pre-cut grapefruit slices in syrup (just don't drink the syrup if you want to be healthier)
  • Caprese salad. Cut up a tomato, mozzarella cheese, and some fresh basil and mix it with balsamic vinegar and olive oil
  • Homemade roasted pumpkin seeds with cayenne pepper

-Alta

A:

Dear Yummus,

Here are some other answers that talk about healthy snacks: Board Question #91525Board Question #91250Board Question #90759Board Question #90704.

Peace,

Tipperary

A:

Dear Good Choice,

  • Carrots and hummus
  • Stove-popped popcorn (no butter, and minimal salt)
  • Cottage cheese (sometimes I'll also dip carrots into this)
  • Apple slices and peanut butter
  • Saltines and honey
  • Spinach with some salad dressing
  • Dried fruit (craisins, dried mango, dried apricots, etc.)
  • Zucchini cakes (combine grated zucchini, egg, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and garlic powder and then saute in a lightly greased frying pan)

~Anathema

A:

Dear Peppa, 

  • Smoothies... So many smoothies. Smoothie bowls with fresh fruit, flax & chia seeds, and coconut are always super delicious and easy. 
  • Spinach, strawberries, craisins, croutons, and cucumbers in a Ziploc = 'salad' in a bag. Add a bit of olive oil mixed with basil and lemon juice (and sometimes garlic powder if I don't have strawberries for the salad) and VOILA. I bring a plastic fork in my backpack and eat it straight out of the bag. 
  • Clementines
  • Low-salt or homemade tortilla chips and fresh salsa/queso/guacamole/refried beans
  • Applesauce and cinnamon
  • Crackers and cheese
  • Trail mix. I have a really good one with craisins, Baobites, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and cashews in it. 
  • Cashews and almonds in general
  • Specifically, the cocoa dusted almonds from Costco
  • Dry handfuls of multi-grain Cheerios. Don't @ me, they're really good
  • Peaches. It's allllmost peach season!
  • Toasted pita bread with jam 
  • Garlic and parmesan cauliflower 
  • I guess they're not the healthiest, but chocolate crepes and bananas
  • Low-fat vegetarian refried beans + cheese quesadillas with salsa
  • A spoonful of peanut butter with some semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Pretzel sticks and peanut butter
  • FROZEN GRAPES. These are the best, especially in the summer time. Also a good snack to bring for after a workout
  • Cubes of cheese and pickles. This is my work snack. 
  • Bananas + Coconut oil + cinnamon sugar
  • Deviled eggs (I don't eat these very much anymore because of the prep time but they're really good) 
  • Literally just a can of olives (not good if you are at risk for hypertension. I am not... so I eat a lot of olives) 
  • Canned pear slices (in no-sugar syrup or just very light syrup. And... drain the syrup) 
  • Cucumbers and salt + pepper
  • Half an avocado, sliced with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and some no-salt seasoning of a sort. 
  • Parfaits, on the days when I can handle eating yogurt (the texture bothers me)

Cheers, 

Guesthouse