“Healthy Junk”

You cannot out train a poor diet, it’s true. However, it’s impractical to think that you can maintain a “clean” diet for extended periods of time without a couple hiccups along the way. Consistently denying yourself the pleasure of certain foods may lead you to the bottom of that bucket of ice cream, or you may find yourself polishing off that 6th slice of pizza.

In order to avoid a complete binge I’ve had to find ways to satisfy my cravings for junk without compromising all the hard work I have put in at the gym. I have nothing against cheat meals once a week, but I prefer to spread out those not so good calories into snacks throughout my week instead.

There are healthier versions of all different kinds of junk foods, from brownies to muffins, and even cookie dough. Unfortunately these usually take time to put together, and that’s no good because you want something that’s ready to go right now!  Here are a few prepackaged snacks I consider to be “healthy junk.”

1)      Orville Redenbachers Smart Pop! Mini bags

Smart Pop

2)      Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers

Goldfish Crackers

3)      Christie Vege Thins

Vege Thins

4)      Quaker Popped Rice Chips

Popped rice chips

5)      Neal Brothers Blue Corn Chips & Salsa

Blue Corn Chips

6)      Luna Bars

Luna Bar

7)      Kashi Bars

Kashi

8)      VitaTops

VitaTops

9)      Stoneyfield Frozen Yogurt

Frozen Yogurt

10)   Frutarre Frozen Yogurt Bars

Yogurt Bar

Side Note: Each snack contains the following

<200 Calories

0 Trans Fat

<3g Saturated Fat

<600mg Sodium

<10g Sugar

<40 Carbs*

>1g Protein

*40g of Carbs/serving is a little high, the only snack with Carbs greater than 30g is the Blue Corn Chips, the rest contain less than 30g. Also, please be aware that if eaten with salsa, the amount of sodium will increase. Always note serving sizes.

Thanks so much for checking out my post! Do you know of any other “healthy junk” snacks? Leave a comment!

5 of My Favourite Snacks

Snack time!

The right snacks can help fuel your day and provide you with much needed engergy in between meals. Here are 5 of my favourite snacks that I enjoy on a regular basis:

1. Almonds and raisins: I love this combination. Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, along with several other vitamins and minerals. It is also a good source of monounsaturated fats and dietary fibre. Raisins are high in sugar, so it’s great to eat as an afternoon pick-me-up snack. Since almonds are high in healthy fats and contain fibre, combining the two will slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream from the raisins and help sustain energy levels. You only need a handful of each.Almonds

2. Banana with nut butter: MMMMMM, it’s like dessert! Most of us know that bananas are full of potassium. Potassium is an electrolyte that our body needs in order to transmit nerve impulses, regulate contraction of muscles, and to maintain blood pressure levels. Peanut, almond, or cashew butter, just like almonds, is a great source of healthy fats and also provides some protein. There is no need to buy giant bananas however, opt for the small to medium size instead.

3. Oatmeal with cinnamon and chia seeds: Oatmeal is a slow digesting grain full of soluble fibre. Adding cinnamon gives it a little kick and research suggests it can help regulate blood sugar, so it’s great for people with type II diabetes. A teaspoon or so of chia seeds will up the nutritional content even more, adding a bunch of antioxidants and more fibre. These little seeds swell into gels, slowing down the digestive tract making you feel fuller for longer.

4. Protein shake and an apple: I’ll have to write about protein powder supplements another time, but having a good quality protein powder on hand is great for meals on the go, or times when sitting down to eat isn’t an option. It provides the body with amino acids to promote protein synthesis, and it may even help when it comes to weight loss. The antioxidants and fibre found in apples and other fruits can help boost the immune system and reduce bad cholesterol.

5. Veggies with hummus dip: Like fruits, vegetables are awesome when it comes to vitamins, minerals, and fibre. The darker Hummusthe green, and brighter the red, yellow, and orange, the better. Vegetables tend to be lower in sugars than fruits, so eat as many as you like. Hummus is made from chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), which are legumes. Legumes are an excellent source of protein, and are high in fibre, iron, calcium, B vitamins, and low in saturated fat. Try making your own at home!

If you haven’t already, give some of these a try! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Haley