Snacks are usually the difference for me between eating well and failing miserably when I attempt to make better choices with my food. If I have some good snacks planed out, I make it between meals without caving in to my less-than-healthy lazy foods. So here's my list of the top five savory snacks:
1. Celery with Pimento Cheese
So I'm not a huge celery fan...the stringy bites are not fun in my opinion. I've found that if I cut them into thinner sticks, the strings are not as much of an issue. Pair celery with pimento cheese, and you have a filling, savory snack that makes a great fuel source to carry you to your next meal.
2. Veggies and Hummus
Hummus is a savory dip that is low fat and low in carbs. Enjoy this savory treat with some fresh veggies and you can satisfy the crunchy craving without the calories. Mix in a little Greek yogurt with the hummus and increase the protein power of your snack. With a variety of different veggies, you could vary your snack throughout the week and never get bored of the same old thing!
3. Avocado Tomato Feta Salad
I have a sweet friend that knows I will take pictures of her kids for food! She is an amazing cook and always brings me new things to try. I first had this salad at her house. With only a few ingredients, this salad is quick and easy to whip up. Chop up some avocado and tomatoes. Crumble a bit of feta on top, then drizzle extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice over the top. Sprinkle a little salt, and you have a fresh and savory snack that not only tastes good, but looks beautiful as well!
4. Laughing Cow Cheese on a Wasa Cracker
If you've never heard of Wasa crackers, you're not the only one! I never knew these lovely, crunchy, tasty crackers existed until I started looking for low-carb options. When you're low-carbing it, generally you have to avoid all things grain, and you end up really missing the crunch of a chip or cracker. These little guys contain a mere 60 calories, 0 grams of fat, and 9 net carbs. Top it with a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese, and you've got a quick and easy, satisfying snack. I topped mine with bacon for fun, but it's not necessary.
I never gave these nuts much of a second thought before I started changing how I think about food. Just 5 or 6 of these little guys can keep my blood sugar at bay and my stomach not seeking out other sources of entertainment. My husband likes the smoke-house flavored ones, but I prefer them simply roasted. When I leave the house, I try to have a baggie of these in my purse so I'm prepared for unexpected snacking.
What are your favorite savory snacks?