Does your meal plan make you feel like snacking is cheating?  You’re on track-planning meals weekly, regularly visiting the gym, and making progress, that is until you get off track and the snacking begins.  What is it about snacking that makes us feel like we are not on plan with our fit goals?  Still getting regular exercise, and making progress though, right?  Well, for some, snacking can lead to the slippery slope of binging and completely sabotaging fit goals, for others, it’s the only way they can make sure to eat on most days because schedules are so hectic.  Some people feel that if it’s not on your meal plan, it’s cheating, even if it’s good and healthy, which leads to other repercussions.  Studies have shown, that nibbling on healthy choices between meals helps keep your appetite in check-and binges at bay.  Since we are all different, there is no set formula but try to let your body be your guide.  Here are healthy ideas for snacking the fit way, and suggestions to have throughout the day while staying on track.  To be clear, these are snacks not treats, and not to be eaten all day long.  Choose one or two options for snacks to have during your week.  This isn’t an alternative meal plan, just healthy choices to help keep you motivated while on the path to success.

1) 1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt mixed with 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder topped with 1/2 cup blueberries or raspberries

2)  Spread 2 toasted whole-grain baguette slices with 2 tablespoons part-skim ricotta and top with a mixture of 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup chopped strawberries, and 2 chopped mint leaves

3)  31 Simply 7 Sea Salt Lentil Chips

4)  1/2 cup pear slices with cashew cream: Puree 2 tablespoons if cashews 1 tablespoon of hot water, 1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup, 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt

5)  2 1/2 cups of popcorn (try Indiana Aged White Cheddar Popcorn)

6)  Orange Smoothie:  Blend 1 peeled seedless orange with 1 cup ice cubes, 1/2 cup low-fat milk, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

7)  Fruit-and-nut bark:  Microwave 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips until melted, pour onto parchment paper, sprinkle with 5 chopped pistachios and 5 golden raisins and refrigerate until hardened

8)  4 chicken pot stickers dipped in 1 teaspoon of reduced-sodium soy sauce

9)  Chocolate chip-dipped strawberries:  Stir 1 tablespoon of mini chocolate chips into 1/2 cup of vanilla of 2% Greek yogurt; use as a dip for 6 strawberries

10)  2 tablespoons of edamame hummus with 1 cup of jicama sticks



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