Five fresh foods to snack on this week

A few years ago, I made the switch from “after-work binging” to healthy snacking. I used to come home from work, go straight to the cabinet, and snack on junk food until I was sick. My excuse to myself was always that I was “starving” (yeah, ok) or because there was simply nothing else to eat. Looking back now, I realize that all that snacking was only making me even more tired, unmotivated, moody, and sugar-addicted. 

I started buying fresh foods that were easy enough to make when I got home, but not something too healthy or boring like carrot sticks (no offense - I actually love carrots though).

After eating fresh foods for only one week, I felt more energized (I think I even went to the gym), for once I did not come home with a headache, and I was overall in a better mood. It’s actually pretty amazing how making such a small change in your diet can greatly impact your life. *I feel like I should also note that I rarely drink coffee or soda. I’ve never been a big drinker of either so that has never been an issue for me. However, I strongly suggest you avoid these drinks (especially soda) if you really want to change your overall health and mood.

 

These five foods are perfect for snacking on and only take 3-5 minutes to make.

fresh snacks

avocado

You had to have known that avocado was going to be on this list - it is literally one of the BEST foods you can eat. My go-to snack is sliced avocado with cracked salt and pepper, freshly squeezed lime juice, and chopped cilantro. 

 

tomatoes

One of my favorite snacks growing up was sliced tomatoes and cucumbers with salt, pepper, basil, and a drizzle of olive oil. So tasty.

 

mozzerella

Several studies are convinced that cheese may not be that bad for you after all and in some cases, it can actually be good for you. Cheese has tons of good bacteria which has been shown to improve digestion and metabolism. I love snacking on mozzarella and tomatoes. 

tomato snack

 

bell peppers

I could eat fresh bell peppers every day. They are the perfect snack when you need something crisp and refreshing. My favorite dips are hummus and this feta cheese spread from Trader Joe’s!

 

hard boiled eggs

Eggs are super easy because they can be prepared at the beginning of the week. Hard boiled eggs are an excellent source of protein and are great for boosting energy half way through the day.

 

Leave your favorite go-to snacks in a comment below!

 
kristin