Healthy Snacks + Lunch

I have talked a lot about my diet on here, because for me it was life changing. I have been dairy free for 5 years and gluten free for almost 4. I was never tested, but I have just gone off how my body feels when I eat those things. It’s crazy now, when I eat gluten almost immediately I get a dizzy brain fog sort of feeling. It’s awful!

 I typically eat a big breakfast, but from 10-5:30ish, I eat a series of small meals. I find that I am hungry around 10:30, and then again around 2:00. So throughout the day, I try to come up with whole foods that are healthy and filling.

I could eat eggs all day long! FYI: More than half the protein of an egg is found in the egg white along with vitamin B2 and lower amounts of fat and cholesterol than the yolk. The whites are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper.

I like them hard boiled as a snack; they also pack nicely for an on the go snack. I also will scramble up eggs, and put them on a gluten free wrap with peanut butter (don’t knock it until you try it!) Or, I will do them over easy on GF toast with avocado and this AMAZING seasoning from Trader Joe’s. I just purchased this and I am loving it.

You can even sprinkle this seasoning over sliced up avocado as a snack to give it some flavor. Beware it will leave an onion aftertaste!

I always have raw veggies on hand. Pre-cut from the store broccoli, cauliflower, baby carrots and peppers that I can grab and go. I have grown to enjoy them raw and cold, but if you are just starting out Hummus is a great dipper. According to Dr. Axe “In addition to protein and fiber, the chickpeas used in hummus are high in iron, folate, phosphorus and B vitamins (all especially important for vegetarians and vegans who may be lacking in these nutrients). Lemon juice also contains a high level of immunity-boosting vitamin C and antioxidant”. It also helps fill you up a bit more, adding hummus to your snack.

Nuts are another thing we always have in our cupboard; Cashews and almonds are always a fave. If you need a good on the go snack, Trail Mix is the best! You can easily make your own, or you can be lazy like me and buy the one from Trader Joe’s called Happy Trekking. I love the dried berries and chocolate in this mix, for when you need just a LITTLE bit of something sweet.

Don’t forget about cereal as a snack option! I can’t stop eating this granola with is SO delicious. We go through at least 2 bags per week. Top with some fresh berries for some sweetness. It is messy, but you can always throw it in a baggy too and eat on the run 🙂

Wraps are a great thing to have on hand. I like them with hummus and veggies, sometimes mayo and high quality (boars head) lunch meat, or with almond butter and berries. These are a great take to work option too! My friend Tonya introduced me to these Siete wraps and they are amazing. Heat them up a little on the stove and they are even better. They come in coconut and almond flour, found at Whole Foods.

If you are starving, chicken sausage is fantastic. It is pre cooked, so it just needs to be heated up. I like dipping mine in dijon mustard! They also pair well as a side with some scrambled eggs.

I recently wrote an article about “health food bars” and I couldn’t believe how bad so many of them are for you! I try to reserve these type of bars for when I know I will be in my car all day and I want a healthy, filling snack.

My friend who does a lot of research on food introduced these to me. You can get them at Trader Joe’s and Target in the refrigerated section (they are kind of hidden! I haven’t found them at Target yet). If you want to read why they are so “PERFECT”, click HERE. 

If you have other healthy snack options not listed here, please share!

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8 comments

  1. I’m curious how strict you are about dairy? Perfect bars have dairy along with the chocolate chips in the trail mix. I noticed your past few posts have some dairy – parm cheese etc. Do you try your best with each meal or strictly no dairy gluten?

    1. I will occasionally have dairy; I just cut it out when I can. Same with Gluten. I am more strict about Gluten because it makes me feel awful. Dairy I can have here and there.

  2. I’m just starting to eat clean for the exact reasons you do. Do you have suggestions on brands for your gluten free bread and crackers, etc?

    1. I love the almond or nut thin crackers! I have eliminated GF bread, because it just didn’t seem to be giving me any health benefits. I now use those wraps as a replacement.

  3. the perfect bars at target are in the section with the packaged veggies/cold dressings/salads etc, i know all super targets are a bit different laid out, so that is my best description. Trader Joes has the best prices on them, though occassionally whole foods has on sale, but the regular price at TJ is best 🙂

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