Snack foods can make you fat…
They can help you to burn more fat, and build more muscle. They can help fill you up, and satisfy your cravings so you’re not binging on sweets or filling up on junk.
With summer fast approaching (June 20th), I figured it’d be a great time to share with you some of my all time favorite snacks that I like to have in between meals.
So without further ado, here they are (in no particular order)…
#1 – Turkey Jerky
I love me some Turkey Jerky. I’d say my favorite is Trader Joe’s Natural Turkey Jerky. It’s slightly sweet, it’s loaded with flavor, and it isn’t dry like most jerky (it has this moist texture that’s ohhh so good). It’s also loaded with protein so it will help you to build muscle.
The only downside is they do add sugar to it (5 grams per serving). So if you’re like me and you can easily eat a whole bag in one sitting, just portion out 1 serving, then immediately lock the remaining jerky away so you don’t go back for more.
I don’t eat this jerky often (it’s a bit pricey and because of the sugar), but it’s still awesome and wayyyyyyyy better for you then other snack food options.
#2 – Apple
Ohhh the humble apple. So simple, yet so delicious. If you don’t know my story, I used to never, ever, ever eat fruits and veggies (I avoided all healthy food like the plague).
I freakin’ love fruit. It’s nature’s candy.
Apples are so amazingly good for you (there’s a reason there’s the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away). They are loaded with fiber (which will fill you up), and of course loaded with vitamins. Plus they have natural sugar that will give you steady energy versus a massive spike and then you just want to lay your head down and sleep.
At the same time, they taste sooooo good.
My favorite apple is the Fuji apple. It’s crisp, and sweet (I can’t stand mushy apples). And that’s one of the awesome thing about apples…
There’s so many types of apples, that no matter what you like, you’ll be able to find an apple that you like.
My recommendation is to go to a grocery store with a variety of apples. Then buy one apple of every variety they have. Then just taste a new one each day.
I can pretty much guarantee you will find one that you love.
#3 – Blueberries
I read somewhere that blueberries are the granddaddy of all superfoods. What they meant by that was that blueberries were originally named as one of the first superfoods. And a superfood is simply any food that is nutrient dense and that has lots of health benefits.
Blueberries taste incredible (they have a ton of flavor), they have lots of fiber (will fill you up), low on calories, and of course are super good for you.
Here’s a screenshot from our private challenge group where I shared more info on blueberries:
#4 – Mixed Berry + Protein Smoothie
This is a kick butt snack because you’re not only getting protein (which helps to build muscle, burn fat), while also getting berries which are loaded with antioxidants, nutrients and other good stuff that is said to help reverse aging, and help to prevent diseases (like cancer).
This is typically my afternoon snack. What I’ll do is I’ll take 1 cup of frozen berries, 1 scoop of whey protein, and I’ll put it in my blender cup. I’ll then add water, blend it all together, and BOOM, you now have a super healthy, very filling, but very tasty smoothie.
Here’s the mixed berries we buy (we get it from Sam’s Club):
Just as a warning though…Some companies will add sugar to their berry blends which is the stupidest thing ever. Berries are naturally sweet and taste amazing. So why ruin a good thing by adding sugar? Kind of defeats the whole purpose.
Anyways, just make sure to look on the bag at the ingredients. All you should see listed are different types of berries. If you see sugar, then avoid it and look for another brand.
#5 – Shakeology
Last but least, Shakeology is an amazing snack. It’s loaded with superfoods (yep there’s berries in it along with numerous other super foods), veggies, and other exotic, nutrient dense ingredients that you just can’t get with a normal diet. It’s also loaded with protein (to help build muscle/burn fat), fiber (to fill you up), and lots of other good stuff.
I usually will have Shakeology as my lunch (I use it as a meal replacement), but sometimes I will double up and have it as a snack. I get this natural burst of energy through it, and it fills me up for hours.
My all time favorite flavor is the Chocolate Shakeology. It tastes freakin’ amazing (like dessert…but it’s ohhh so good for you).
There you go!
NOW, IT’S YOUR TURN!
LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS:
==>What’s one healthy snack YOU enjoy that tastes awesome?
And let’s do this…
Leave a comment below and let me know one healthy snack you enjoy.
If we get at least 15 different people sharing their one favorite healthy snack, then I’ll randomly pick one person (who left a comment below), and I’ll mail you out my favorite nutrition book of all time for FREE.
This book re-taught my wife and I how to eat the RIGHT way (without starving ourselves, while eating very good, easy to make food), and it truly has changed our lives…
So let me know in the comments below, and I’ll announce the winner in an email later this week!