Whether or not you’re a parent of school-aged kids, you know a good snack is hard to resist.  We know we aren't alone in our love for salty snacks and sweet treats in the afternoon. In fact, according to a 2015 study, 94% of Americans snack at least once a day and around 50% have two or three snacks a day.  

 

But we need to start thinking about snacks not just as a way to satisfy cravings, but instead as another opportunity to fuel your body with important nutrients. They could make the difference between achieving your fitness goals and falling short.

 

We’re big fans of fresh veggies, or whole fruits as snacks. But sometimes we know those just won’t cut it. So, we’ve pulled together our next installment of Grub on this, Give up on that…. snack time edition! 

 

Instead of crackers and cheddar cheese, grub on:

Apples with cheddar cheese: Apples deliver that much needed crunch and are actually delicious when paired with cheddar cheese. 

 

Instead of milk or white chocolate, grub on:

Dark chocolate: With far less sugar than milk or white chocolate, dark chocolate also delivers antioxidants while satisfying that sweet tooth craving. 

 

Instead of ice cream with all the fixings, grub on:

nice cream

Chobani Flips/Yoplait Mix Ins or NICE Cream: While we wouldn’t recommend eating these on the regular (since they do have sugar), if you are looking for a healthier alternative to ice cream, or need a sweet treat on hand at the office to avoid those brownies in the break room, these are a great go-to. 

 

Instead of soda, grub on:

soda water

Flavored sparkling water (calorie free): We all know soda is a sometimes food, but occasionally nothing beats the bubbles. Try a calorie free sparkling water like La Croix or Bubly. You’ll be refreshed without the sugary crash. 

 

Instead of potato chips, grub on:

Air popped popcorn: One ounce of potato chips has 150 calories, vs. one cup of air-popped popcorn at 31 calories. So, dig in to three cups of popcorn. It’s a nutritious, satisfying snack with fewer than 100 calories. 

 

Instead of Cookies, grub on:

protein bites

Peanut butter protein bites: We love our peanut butter protein bites as an alternative to cookies. They quell that craving for something sweet at 3PM or after dinner all while delivering a healthy dose of muscle building protein.  

 

Instead of fruit snacks or gummy candies, grub on:

Kind fruit bars: These bite-size snacks are made with only real fruit - you won't find any juices, purees, concentrates or preservatives like traditional ‘fruit snacks.’ No sugar added and a full serving a fruit in each packet.