This week I am following up to my menu blog with some ideas for snacks. Before I begin, I want to address one of my biggest pet peeves in the nutrition world; snack bars.

Let me clarify, if used sparingly or use in a pinch, a bar can be good snack. However, most bars average anywhere from 150-300 calories. They are made from soy, whey, peas, or dates, and often highly processed with very little nutritional value.

I work with a lot of weight loss clients who will start their day with a Kind bar and then eat 2 more throughout the day as snacks. This will not get you to your goal.

Personally, I am not a big snacker. But when I do have a snack, here are my favorites:

Beef Jerky (or turkey jerky): I get mine at Trader Joe’s. They have a really good organic one that is gluten free! This is also available when traveling, so it’s available at most gas stations. I’m not suggesting Slim Jim’s or Jack Links, but some of the better ones like Krave or Oberto.

Hard-boiled eggs: This is my go-to. I love eggs!! I like to pickle my eggs with red beets. I boil my beets for 25-30 minutes and then peel. The eggs are already boiled and peeled and placed into glass jars. I dice the beets over the top of the eggs and add 1/4 cup vinegar and water to the cover. I add a sprinkle of stevia for sweetness, lightly shake the jar to stir, and then place in the fridge for a few days to maximize flavor. 

Veggies: Good old fashioned fun! Raw veggies make an excellent snack, especially if you aren’t super hungry. Green and red peppers, carrots, celery, and fennel are a few of my favorites. Sometimes I will dip them in