Does anyone else totally stress out about snacking? As I’m sitting here writing this, my mind keeps wandering to my cupboards, and making a mental list of snacks I need to get next time I go shopping. Nothing is worse than being hungry and snack-less (that feeling that your body is going to shut down is pretty much the worst), and having healthy, but satisfying, snacks around is the best way to avoid overeating later.
It’s not just what we eat, it’s the foods we combine that can help sustain us longer and avoid the dreaded feeling of hanger. Here are 10 healthy snacks including foods that are better when paired together.
10 Healthy Snack Food Combos
1. Almonds + plain greek yogurt
This is a great morning snack, as the almonds’ and yogurt’s protein will make you feel satisfied until lunch. Almonds also have healthy fats, mood-boosting magnesium and fiber. Make sure to choose plain yogurt to avoid extra sugar (add a tiny bit of maple syrup or raw honey to sweeten if desired).
2. Tomatoes + avocados
Um, salsa and guac, anyone? Loading up on chips probably doesn’t qualify as a healthy snack, but make a quick salad out of chopped tomato and avocado, then add a little lime juice, cumin and salt. (We won’t tell if you dip a couple chips in there.)
3. Oatmeal + pumpkin seeds
Oatmeal keeps you full (but not too full) for hours; pumpkin seeds are perfectly crunchy and full of feel-good magnesium and protein.
4. Apple slices + peanut butter
Apples have simple carbs to get you moving, and peanut butter adds protein and a nice sweet-salty flavor. For a slower energy release, make whole-wheat toast instead of using apple slices.
5. Green smoothie + wheat germ
Wheat germ has complex carbs, protein, minerals and antioxidants, while greens have protein and too many other benefits to name! Add protein powder, yogurt, soaked nuts or cooked and cooled grains or beans to your green smoothie for even more sustenance.
6. Egg + avocado
Eggs are a surefire way to stay full and keep your energy up; avocado adds antioxidants, unsaturated (a.k.a., good) fat, protein and fiber. Keep hard-boiled eggs on hand in the fridge, or scramble one in olive or coconut oil.
7. Sweet potato + black beans
Black beans are full of fiber and protein, and sweet potatoes have minerals and even more fiber to keep you full. This is a snack that feels like a meal!
8. Veggie chips + hummus
Protein-rich hummus is a perfectly satisfying salty snack. Skip the pita chips and opt for homemade veggie chips (like radish chips) to get more minerals.
9. Chocolate soymilk + banana
Chocolate soymilk (you could also drink chocolate cow’s milk or coconut milk) provides both protein and electrolytes like calcium and magnesium. Chocolate soymilk will have more protein, though. A banana adds simple carbs and potassium, and helps keep you full.
10. Cottage cheese + fruit
Bodybuilders apparently love this snack. Cottage cheese is a great source of protein, and adding a little bit of fruit like grapes, peaches, berries or kiwi adds antioxidants, vitamins and just the right amount of simple carbs.11