I have a confession: I can go from happy to hungry to hangry within seconds. And hangry isn’t a cute look on me. Once I cross into the hangry zone it’s hard to think clearly and make healthy choices. And I almost always eat well past the point of being satisfied.

I find that I spend a lot of time on meal planning and preparation but can easily forget about snack planning.  I am not a 3 meals a day and no snacks kind of girl.  I feel the most energized, satisfied, and strongest if I sprinkle in healthy snacks throughout the day.  The key to healthy snacking is preparation.  Snacks can often be the area where we over do it.  It’s pretty easy to know when you’re sitting down for a full meal that ordering a double bacon cheeseburger with fries and a large soda isn’t the healthiest choice.  But snacks are small and in our minds small often equals not that bad for us.  If you’re a frequent snacker (like me) it’s really critical that you go for the most nutritious options.  Snacks are meant to sustain our energy and keep us full until our next meal.  Nutrient dense foods are the best option for that.

Here are my top {healthy} snacks:

Apples

An apple is always a great choice.  They are high in soluble fiber so they will fill you up and they are so convenient.  You can throw an apple in your bag and know that you’ll have a healthy snack whenever you need it.  Last night Andrew and I went to the ballet and I packed a chopped apple in my purse to have during intermission.

Individual packets of nut butter

I keep my snack drawer at work stocked with single serving packets of raw almond butter.  They are great to eat with an apple or even alone in a pitch.  My favorites are the almond, cashew, and walnut butters from Artisana because they are organic, raw, unsalted, and have no added sugar or flavors.

Healthy snack on the go! #randrsugardetox

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Raw vegetables

Raw veggies can satisfy your crunchy craving.  Like apples, raw veggies are so easy.  You can toss a bag of chopped veggies like carrots, celery, cucumbers, and jicama in your bag and your snack is ready and waiting.  And, as Robyn Youkilis shows us, you can totally skip the chopping.

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Kale chips

When a serious snack attack hits, I frequently turn to kale chips.  They are so tasty and can be seasoned in a variety of ways depending on your mood.  My favorite recipe is for salt and vinegar chips from Robyn + Quinn at {Healthy} Cooking Camp.  Growing up my favorite snack was always salt and vinegar potato chips and this recipes totally brings me back to my snack happy place but it’s so much better with kale, raw apple cider vinegar, and sea salt.

Hard-boiled eggs

Can we all just agree that there is nothing scary about an egg?  Eggs (especially the yolk) have gotten a bad wrap but they are a healthy, nutrient dense option loaded with protein.  Make a batch of hard-boiled eggs on Sunday and you’re set for the week.

Unsalted brown rice cakes

Unsalted brown rice cakes are a great gluten-free on-the-go snack option.  You can top them with some raw nut butter, banana, cinnamon, and a pinch of sea salt for a sweet and salty treat or spread them with avocado for a gluten-free avocado toast.

Epic bars

I love Epic bars and jerky.  They are the cleanest protein bars and snacks that I’ve found and delicious.  My favorites are the bison, bacon, cranberry bar, bison, bacon, chia bites, and honest harvest trail mix.

Chia seed pudding

Chia seed pudding is an excellent snack because it’s loaded with fiber and will recharge you mid-day, after a workout, or anytime you need a little extra oomph!

Afternoon snack: banana #chia seed pudding (recipe on http://www.lattesandlaughs.com) with strawberries and walnuts.

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Raw nuts and seeds

I love a simple handful of raw almonds or walnuts as a snack but for the ultimate snack you can make your own healthy trail mix.  I love this trail mix from Katie Dalebout in The Wellness Wonderland.

Avocado

For me, avocado is the perfect food.  I get so excited when I slice open the perfectly ripe avocado!  They are loaded with heart-healthy fat and protein so they will fill you up.  Plus they are just so darn delicious.  Avocados are great snacks because they come in their own bowl.  You can slice one open and just eat it with a spoon on the go.  When I’m home, I like to jazz it up a bit with a drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of sea salt, garlic salt, and red pepper flakes.

snack time #rockstarreboot #yourhealthiestyou

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What are your favorite {healthy} snacks?