As busy people I know we don’t always have time to meal prep or keep up with having fresh food in the house. Of course, it will always be better to eat fruits and veggies as opposed to processed snacks, there’s no denying that. BUT we’re probably going to eat the granola bars regardless, so we might as well find the most nutritious ones out there.
When shopping for snacks be sure to look for products that have ..
- low sugar ~5g
- low carbs ~25g
- high protein ~10-20g
- minimal ingredients (especially ones you can’t pronounce)
Usually when grocery shopping I’ll go to Target, Walmart or a fresh market. Most of these can be found in any grocery store but always try new brands. Be sure to read the labels, keep an eye out for ingredients and watch your macros.
Fresh Faves: these are some of my favorites and are quick, easy and vital for keeping up with vitamins!
- Celery/carrots with lite ranch
- Guacamole & Corn tortillas
- Any and all fruits and veggies you like
Packaged Faves: Most of these come in SO many flavors, these are just my personal favorites (and I have quite a sweet tooth.)
- Shakeology !!! This is so much more than just a shake, I replace breakfast or lunch with one of these every day. One shake has an entire day’s worth of vitamins and nutrients, and believe me you’ll be able to tell. It keeps my energy levels high, sugar cravings low, and my muscles firm and toned. I mix mine with unsweetened almond milk! Oh and chocolate is the best flavor
- Think Thin protein bars & protein cakes – “Cookie crunch,” and “Birthday Cake.” These are generally low in sugar and high in protein and very filling. One of my favorite sweet tooth cures
- Blue Diamond Almonds (so many flavors) – “Sweet Thai Chili,” and “Salt n’ Vinegar.” Simple, nutritious and filling!
- Kind granola bars – “Chocolate Chunk,” and “Oats and Honey.” This brand has a wide variety of options and they all taste amazing.
- RX or Lara bars – “Blueberry Muffin,” “Chocolate Chip Brownie.” Minimal ingredients = no bs additives/preservatives.
- Sabra hummus with pretzel thins – “Roasted Red Pepper.” The best form of chips and dip
- Rice cakes with Almond or All Natural peanut butter – Low cal but still getting that protein in.
- Oiko’s plain greek yogurt – I know plain yogurt doesn’t seem appealing but flavored is often high in sugar. If you mix it with fruit and granola I promise its not so bad!
- ^ pair with Kind or Bear Naked granola & fresh fruit – “Vanilla Blueberry,” “Triple Berry.” Look for granola low in sugar
- Quest Nutrition bars and protein chips – “Birthday Cake,” “Nacho Cheese.” Great protein bars, they’re SO much better if heated up in the microwave for 10 sec.
- Hail Mary dessert cups – “Key Lime Pie.” Great dessert alternative for those who are vegan, or dairy/gluten free! High in sodium but very filling.
Being mindful of the smaller things you eat throughout the day makes a huge difference. It’s those little calories and grams of sugar that add up quickly and affect your body on a daily basis. Luckily, there are so many awesome products on the market that make keeping up with your nutrition much easier.
Xoxo – Kari