Looking for healthy snack recipes? These are 10 of my favorite easy, on-the-go healthy snack recipes that I think you will love! Enjoy!

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10 QUICK AND EASY HEALTHY SNACK RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE

Happy Christmas Eve Eve! And Happy Wednesday!

Anyone else love the movie, Eloise At Christmastime? She makes reference to Christmas Eve Eve in the movie. I’m not a huge fan of any of the other movies, but the Christmas one is on my list of top 5 favorite Christmas movies (White Christmas is #1, obv, then Eloise, Borrowed Hearts, Home Along and Elf)?

Anyways….we are talking snacks today, friends. In the month of December, I’ve shared some of my favorite breakfast recipes, lunch recipes and dinner recipes. To top it off, I’m sharing some tasty and healthy snack recipes!

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Let’s touch on 3 common snacks: anytime, pre-workout and post workout.

First up, an Anytime Snack. Hungry mid-morning or mid-afternoon? An anytime snack is the option you’d be going for. With my nutrition coaching clients, we go over snacking and how to do it to fit their goals. My general rule of thumb is to eat a snack that is high in protein and fat. This combination will help you feel fuller longer and provide you with lasting energy. Now, consuming carbs for a snack is not ‘bad’, but I still recommend combining a carb with a fat or protein. Bonus points if your snack includes veggies! You know how I feel about veggies.

Some options include:

  • half an avocado with sunflower seeds
  • hard boiled egg with a handful of almonds or TBSP of nut butter
  • celery & carrots with nut butter
  • goat milk yogurt or grass-fed yogurt with TBSP nut butter
  • homemade protein bar or ball

A quick note on Lara Bars. I LOVE a Lara Bar as much as the next person, however, they do contain a higher carb & sugar content. If you chose a Lara Bar for an anytime snack, try to enjoy with a scoop of nut butter or hard boiled egg to get in a bit more protein.

Next, let’s chat Pre-Workout Snack. Now, there are some that consume food pre-workout and others that do not. I don’t believe there is a right or wrong answer here. It all depends on your body and how it handles food and exercise. Personally, I can workout with or without a snack, however, if I know it will be a tough workout, requiring alot of energy, I’ll eat a snack. Some folks have tummy trouble with a pre-workout snack too.

You will want a snack that is carb rich, with some protein & fat. This snack needs to help supply your body with the energy it needs to complete your workout. Aim to eat your snack at least 30 minutes before a workout. Some might need to go an hour before. If solid food does not make your tummy happy, go with a liquid snack like a smoothie.

My recommendation is: 1) listen to your body and try out a pre-workout snack, 2) keep an eye on the time frame for when you eat the snack, 3) try a variety of options, 4) if you have a heavy workout ahead of you, consume something.

Pre-workout snack options include:

  • banana  or apple with nut butter
  • rice cake with nut butter (my personal fav)
  • a date with nut butter
  • a pouch of Big Slice Apples + few almonds
  • A protein shake

And finally, Post-Workout Snack. Again, like with pre-workout, there is no right answer; it depends on your body. When I used to run, I could only consume liquid (like a smoothie) about 1 hour post-workout; my stomach couldn’t handle anything else. There is a 2 hour window in which you will want to replenish your glycogen stores, after a workout.

If you have a weight loss goal, aim to have your post workout meal be your largest meal and most carb dense meal. If you have trouble with your stomach, aim for a quick digesting carb, like a banana or class of non-dairy chocolate milk, just to get something in your body. Depending on your training goals, you should get a 2:1 carb to protein ratio (general fitness/cardio) or 2:2 carb to protein ratio (muscle building goal). See more tips on post-workout nutrition on the Booya blog!

Post-workout snack options include:

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Healthy Snack Recipes

Now that we have a foundation, here are some healthy snack recipes for all 3 types of snacks! Hope you enjoy!

Cashew_HempSeed_BallsCASHEW & HEMP SEED ENERGY BALLS

beet-smoothie-proteinSTRAWBERRY BEET PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

vanilla-chia-protein-barsVANILLA CHIA PROTEIN BARS

PUMPKIN YOGURT PARFAIT WITH GINGERSNAP GRANOLA – Fit Living Blog

VEGAN GINGER MOLASSES BANANA CHIA PUDDING – Cotter Crunch

GRILLED AVOCADO TOAST – The Healthy Maven

SMOKED SALMON CUCUMBER BITES – Pancake Warriors

NO BAKE PROTEIN BARS – Hello to Fit

SAVORY VEGAN ZUCCHINI MUFFINS – Hummusapien

MINT N’ CHIP ENERGY BITES – Katalyst Health

Catch more healthy snack recipes on my Pinterest Board!

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Two more things before I leave you until next Monday (no post on Christmas):

1. If you are looking to jump start your nutrition in 2016 with the help of a coach and a group of others to keep you accountable, my 4 Week Healthy Living JumpStart Program is just for you. I have openings for a few more people ready to work hard and feel great! Leave your email in the comments or message me for all the details!

Here is what my girl Michelle has to say about the program: Jen does an awesome job at giving you the tools you need to eat healthier. She is real – meaning she likes chocolate just as much as the rest of us! With that she doesn’t try to cut everything you enjoy eating out of your life. She does teach you how to have smaller portions of it and make healthier choices overall so when you have those splurges you can truly enjoy them. Jen is always available for questions and tries to meet you where you are so that you are set up for success! 

2. Ready to become a food prep ninja in 2016? The Ultimate Food Prep Guide is the perfect gift! It’s still on sale for only $15! Grab your copy now!

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Can you believe Christmas is nearly here?! Any fun traditions? We are hanging with my family tomorrow to celebrate and then it’s off to The Hubs’ on Christmas Day. I’m taking today and Saturday off-ish as well, which means 4 days of sleeping in! Can’t wait!

What are some of your healthy snack recipes? Any favorites?!

XOXO,
Jen

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