Clean Eating

I Don’t Know What To Eat For Snacks

Deep breaths. It’s going to be OK.

Once people start eating healthy, the #1 question I get, hands down, is “What To Eat For Snacks?” I don’t quite know why, but once you take away people’s chips, afternoon cookie, and gluten-filled crackers, it’s like they’re stranded on a desert island without food!

I’m here to help.

The main thing to remember is that an ideal snack has some protein or fat in it so that you are satiated.

If you’re only having something with carbs then that snack isn’t going to hold you over quite as long. Why is that? Protein and fat take longer to digest and absorb than carbs.

Here’s your list of quick snacks. Depending on how much time you want to spend in the kitchen, the options are endless!

  • Beef / Turkey Jerky
    Look for one that is ideally gluten- and soy-free. Steve’s Paleo Goods makes delicious ones. Krave jerky is delicious (all of them are gluten-free, some of their flavors have soy sauce).
  • Shrimp cocktail
  • Deli meats + fruit or veggies
    I love apple and turkey slices. I also love turkey slices with pieces of romaine hearts, but people look at me funny when I’m munching on romaine hearts.
  • Hard boiled eggs
    They even sell these pre-cooked at Trader Joe’s.
  • Tuna salad
    (Use an olive oil based mayo) by itself or with gluten-free crackers or in a lettuce wrap. I like to scoop tuna salad with Mary’s Gone Crackers.
  • Guacamole with bell pepper slices
  • Avocado slices with a sprinkle of salt
    On its own or wrapped in romaine lettuce or with tomato.
  • Nuts and seeds (Whole or as a nut butter)
    Try to limit to a handful or 1 – 2 tablespoons. Have this on its own or with a piece of fruit.
  • Fruit
    If you are going to eat a meal within a couple hours and just need something to hold you over.
  • Plain Greek yogurt with berries
    If you tolerate dairy.
  • Ricotta cheese and tomatoes
    If you tolerate dairy.
  • Cottage cheese and fruit
    If you tolerate dairy.
  • Olives
  • Small portions of meals
    This is usually one people don’t think of! Just because it’s a snack doesn’t mean it has to feel like a snack. Take a small piece of your chicken, rice, and veggies from lunch, and you have yourself a snack!
  • Fuel for Fire
    These are a lifesaver for me when I don’t have time to have anything else.