Healthy snack ideas!

In the beginning of a diet you may get hungry in between meals. Your body may need a little pick me up due to fluctuating blood sugar levels. They will stabilize as you lose weight and your body adjusts to your new way of eating!

You don’t want to eat huge meals because it will keep your stomach expanded thus taking that much more food in order for it to feel full.

How does your body know it’s full?

Your stomach tells your brain that it is full. Normally, this feeling causes you to stop eating and not think about food again for several hours. Fullness is partly controlled by the hypothalamus, your blood sugar, and having food in your stomach and intestines.

When you feel those hunger pangs come on in between meals and you feel the need to eat all the food in the house (I get it! I really do!) try having these snacks instead. Try to keep the proportions small so that you’re stomach will start to shrink.

Have each of these snacks with a cup of herbal tea without added sweetener:

1. 1/2 of a banana and 1 small square of dark chocolate (the darker the better for you)

2. 10-12 almonds (pro tip! Prepackage then in snack baggies so you don’t go over your limit!)

3. 1 small apple and 1 tsp almond butter

4. 1/2 Cucumber and 1 tomato (sliced) with salt and pepper or vinegar to season it.

5. 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt topped with blueberries (sprinkle with half packet of stevia if absolutely needed).

6. 1 can tuna in water; drain water and add vinegar. No bread or crackers. Nothing else.  It is so good! 

7. 1. slice whole wheat toast with butter or nut butter

8. 1 hard boiled egg egg with salt

9. 2 small boiled potatoes or 1 regular size (pre-boil them in keep them in the fridge) with 1 tsp better, salt and pepper

10. Raw cauliflower dipped in no-fat sour cream

11. Raw sweet pepper slices dipped in hummus

12. 5-6 radishes

13. A SMALL salad with vinegar and oil dressing


14. 1 Larabar with at least 4g protein or make your own “cherry pie” larabar

15.  3 cups of popcorn. Pro tip! Get popcorn sprinkles that have no calories. Our favorite is cheese but they have ranch and just about any other flavor imaginable online! Just look up “popcorn sprinkle seasoning” in Google or Pinterest and you’ll find recipes too!)

16. 3/4 c shelled edamame

17. 1 whole wheat English muffin topped with almond butter

18. 1 cup mixed berries: strawberries, blueberries and raspberries

19. Snyder’s Gluten free pretzels 1 oz or about 32 mini pretzel sticks.

20. Peanut (or any nut) butter bites

21. Left overs or make broiled chicken and keep in fridge for snacking. Have with brown rice.

22. 1 scrambled egg with avocado slices (or tomato or sweet peppers)

23. 1 kiwi

24. 1 pear and 1 slice of Swiss cheese 

25. grapes rolled in unprepared cherry Jell-O powder

26. 1 egg over easy, I tomato slice, 1 slice hard cheese on 1 slice of while wheat toast.

27. Fresh veggies and my family’s all time favorite EASY guacamole recipe

28. Frozen chocolate covered almond butter banana bites

29. Frozen yogurt with berries

30. Banana slice with toppings

31. Cucumber with tuna salad (made with mayo made with coconut oil)

32. Low carb bacon and egger

33. Apple slices with nut butter and raisins.

34. Celery, light cream cheese and “Everything but the bagel” seasoning which you can find at Trader Joe’s or here

35. Make ahead frozen blueberry bites (covered in yogurt). You can do the same with strawberries as well!

36. 1 small sweet potato cooked in microwave.

37. (Make ahead) sweet potato fries (baked in oven). We LOVE ours with lemon juice, oregano and a little feta cheese. OMG it is to die for!) FYI they don’t come out crunchy. They are soft and hearty and delicious fries that we eat with a fork. Or use this simple recipe for a crispier version.

38. Cup of healthy soup

39. Cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, vinegar and oil dressing and fresh basil.

40. A glass of nut milk.

41. 1 whole wheat frozen waffle with nut butter or real maple syrup (not the overly sweet stuff like Aunt Jemima)

42. Seaweed snack like this

43. Pickles (2 whole)

44 Olives (5-6)

45. Cooked asparagus

46. Avocado egg salad (there’s also a link to homemade mayo here)

47. Sweet potato tortilla

48. Mediterranean Tuna Salad

49. Cantaloupe slices

50. Watermelon slices.

51. Sardines

52. Raw carrots sticks

53. Crunchy baked chickpeas made with canned chickpeas!

(Ideas for various seasonings above)

54. Cucumbers with feta cheese and dill seasoning.

55. The stress reliever smoothie above.

56. Any of the fruits above in these portion sizes.

57. healthy apple pancakes

58. “White House” salad from The Biggest Loser

59. 1/2 c each: sliced strawberries, blueberries and cubes apple with 1T natural honey and some lemon juice.

60. 1 ounce turkey jerky and 1 pear.


There you have it! Our go-to snacks that we love. We’re always mixing it up so check back for more ideas to come!

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Best Guacamole Recipe

Seriously, the best, freshest, easiest guacamole recipe you will ever find. Honestly, you do not need to add more ingredients to this for it to be amazing. It is amazing as is! Don’t complicate it!

A family favorite. Courtesy of our son who found this. Make it in a blender. Just be careful not to puree it! Want to leave it nice and chunky!

I promise that you will not be disappointed!


Excellent Basic Vinaigrette Recipe with Variations

Guys, I’m sharing the recipe I found that I use for our vinaigrette. Fresh is so much better and you can season it to your liking. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel here. The link below has 8 variations of the the basic vinaigrette recipe. So much healthier than store bought dressings. If made with high quality olive oil you’re getting lots of good fats.

Ideas besides a basic salad to use vinaigrette with:

Three bean salad

Sliced tomatoes and onions

Sliced cucumbers

Grilled corn and zucchini

Cooked potatoes

Whole wheat pasta (add any veggies you like such as tomatoes, onion, cucumber and you have yourself a nice pasta salad you can serve cold)

We’ve also had a vinaigrette over warm pasta and it’s delicious as well.

Grilled vegetables (potatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, onion, grape tomatoes, red and yellow peppers. Just brush with oil, salt and pepper and grill)

Any protein. I’m vegetarian so would use tempeh or Quorn brand proteins from frozen section of grocery store but would be good with fish or chicken.

Grains like quinoa

The possibilities are endless!

Don’t forget to wash your veggies! Did you know you can use hydrogen peroxide to wash them to remove harmful pesticides? Got that tip from a Nutrition Doctor. You can keep it in a spray bottle. Spray, rub for 10 seconds and rinse with cold water.

I was washing some beautiful yellow and red peppers and took a pic because the sun looked amazing on the fresh veggies!

Enjoy! Here’s to your health!

Basic Vinaigrette and Variations