Welcome to a two part series that I’m calling, ‘SNACK ATTACK!’ We’ve all been there… you’re out running errands, shopping, shuffling between classes or meetings, doing whatever it is that needs to get done that day and BAM–a snack attack! You’re hungry, you have no food with you (sometimes it’s smart to carry a snack in your bag), and you need to eat before you get too hungry. Nobody wants to end up in that starvation state where you’d eat anything and everything — that is just a recipe for disaster, and we’ve all been there too. So let’s avoid that.
I’m going to classify the solution to these snack attacks in two different ways: (1) Out and About — snacks you can find WHILE you are out running about town and (2) Home Solutions — snacks you can prepare and eat at home OR prepare at home and take with you. Some of these will have a little bit of overlap, but that’s good! Versatility makes our lives easier. So let’s get started!
Out and About: snacks you can find in stores/at shops and trust!
1) The classic food + coffee combo:
Sometimes we just need a little coffee or tea. I’m all for coffee and tea, just never too much. I go with a cup or two a day, no more. Caffeine-free herbal tea is the exception, of course. Starbucks is actually a great place to get a snack. They have quite a few options that are pretty smart choices, so never fear walking into a Starbucks — just have your self control in check and your eyes on the labels. I like to go for a blonde roast coffee or herbal tea and a KIND bar. KIND bars are awesome on so many levels: they are all natural, nonGMO, gluten and soy free, delicious, and filled with healthy fats that will keep you satisfied. Take a peak at the label and yes, you’ll see there’s a decent amount of fat, but it’s healthy fat! And when you are having a snack to satisfy hunger, you need that fat. Eating healthy fat = feeling satisfied. Some KIND bars also have a decent amount of protein and very low sugar count — score. Look for the bars labeled +PROTEIN or ONLY 5g SUGAR.
On the coffee end… go black or with a splash of milk (not ideal but a splash won’t kill you) and NO artificial sweeteners. I use organic whole milk at home and when it’s available, but when I’m out I’ll go for skim because the milk is probably not organic and will therefore contain some toxins — toxins are stored in the fat. Therefore, I get skim which = no fat & less toxins. Sugar isn’t ideal either. If you can go without sweeteners, then do it. Otherwise, try to have some organic stevia on hand so you can sprinkle some in if you need. Don’t let those colorful packets tempt you. And that “[stuff] in the Raw” is not so raw. Don’t buy it.
2) Keeping the healthy fat train rolling…
^ More healthy fats to keep you satisfied — nuts and seeds! (Fun fact: Brazil nuts and Hazel nuts are actually seeds) Whether you have a peanut or nut allergy or neither, you can make this work! There are many varieties to choose from. If you are allergic to peanuts and/or nuts, look for seeds and check to see if they were made in a nut-free facility. Look for whole natural and/or organic nuts and seeds with NO additives. That means no added oils or other ingredients. I like to go with either raw, roasted unsalted, or roasted with sea salt. I mix it up. But never anything with tons of salt and/or extra oils. Just read the label and make sure that what you see is what you get. For instance: (1) A bag of cashews, ingredients = raw cashews; (2) A bag of almonds, ingredients = raw or roasted almonds; (3) A bag of shelled pistachios [a favorite of mine], ingredients = pistachios and salt. As for seeds, I love sunflower and pumpkin.
These macaroons are delicious and sweet! They are sure to satisfy ANY sweet tooth or craving. They are made with quality ingredients, are nonGMO, vegan, raw, and gluten free. You can find them in so many stores! I found these in my local health market, Mrs. Green’s. Other flavors include, but are not limited to, dark cacao, lemon ginger, and mint chip. Another great thing? This WHOLE package–yes that means THREE macaroons–is only 180 calories. I was reading the labels of the others and believe the cacao package is only 150 calories for the whole thing! Figure friendly, delicious, and wholesome. Heaven in a little bag. So even when you’re treating yourself, it is so easy to keep your body running on good while satisfying that sweet tooth.
4) A granola bar that actually satisfies you, made with the BEST ingredients.
These granola bars have been a lifesaver for me over the past few months since I discovered them. Introducing, Lola Granola! About the ingredients:
- Gluten, dairy, soy and GMO free
- All natural fiber, protein, and OMEGA 3s
- Low in sodium
- Locally sourced ingredients
- Made with 8 main ingredients in their most natural form + some dried fruit and nuts, depending on the flavor
- NO artificial sweeteners, added colors, high fructose corn syrup, canola or soybean oil
- Over 50% organic
These bars are just plain awesome. When I’m home, I like to toast them in the toaster and top with nut butter + cinnamon. Delicious.
5) Real granola… pure and simple — Purely Elizabeth
This is hands down the BEST tasting granola I have ever had. And it is made with the BEST ingredients — probably why it tastes so amazing. On the website you can purchase: (view and shop here)
- Ancient Grain Oatmeal + Hot Cereal
- Ancient Grain Granola
- Cookie Mixes
- Pancake Mix
- Ancient Granola Minis (great for stocking in your bag!)
- Gift Samplers — great idea for a foodie!
About the ingredients:
- All natural foods made with ancient grains + superfood seeds
- Free of refined sugar (uses organic coconut palm sugar — low glycemic index!)
- Certified gluten free, vegan, organic and non-GMO verified
- NO artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives or GMOs
Seriously, Pure Elizabeth products are downright delicious. Samplers are available online for $30-40! Very affordable.
These Power Snacks by Navitas Naturals are soo good and so easy. You can grab a bag, have a few, and save the rest. They are organic, loaded with superfoods, and come in these flavors: blueberry hemp, cacao goji, citrus chia, coffee cacao, and lemon goldenberry.
Raw Revolutions bars are also awesome and delicious. They are organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, dairy free and kosher. They have tons of flavors that include: chocolate coconut bliss, almond butter cup, cherry chocolate chunk, spirulina dream, heavenly hazelnut chocolate, golden cashew — some of my faves — and more! They are also available in mini and full size, which is really convenient.
7) Juices and Smoothies: find a local health cafe!
Local health cafes that provide fresh smoothies and juices are one of the best things to take advantage of. I love going to my local health cafe and grabbing a green smoothie or a juice when I’m on the go.
You may also find additional treats there like salads, soups, yogurt + granola, and healthy baked goods like this $2 Banana Flax Muffin Top (organic, gluten free, no refined sugar) that I found at my local cafe (+ it came with a free cup of organic coffee!)
8) In NYC? Visit Organic Avenue!
I recently got the chance to stop into an Organic Avenue shop when I was in the city. I loved it. I got a snack (pictured above) and then dinner later on (a whole wheat veggie and hummus wrap — $8 + roasted brussels sprouts — $4). They have so many amazing options at great prices! They also sell Emmy’s Macaroons 🙂 and other delicious treats in addition to their food (yogurt, wraps, salads, and veggies) and drinks (matcha, juices, mylks and smoothies).
This yogurt was awesome. Not too sweet, but an amazing flavor. It’s made with coconut meat, coconut water, coconut sugar, vanilla powder and probiotics. And it tastes so good. This matcha chia glo drink is also amazing. If you’ve ever had a Starbucks Green Tea Frappe, this tastes very similar. But better. And is 100 times better for your health. I need to buy some matcha so I can make something like this at home!
This place is great if you want something to eat or drink that’s amazing for your health, especially if you don’t have a lot of money on you. And they are spread ALL over the city.
Made with fruit and chia seeds, this stuff is great pre-workout. Full size and minis are available. Just like me, the founders of this company discovered the power of the chia seed through the phenomenal book, Born to Run, by Chistopher McDougall. Check out this page for some amazing information about the chia seed and grab a bar.
10) Simple Supermarket Snags: yogurt, veggies, and fruit!
Supermarkets are everywhere, and it may not occur to you, but they are great places to grab a quick snack. You don’t have to do a full food shop stop just because you are entering a supermarket. Get a snack and get out. Grab 1 yogurt (this wallaby organic is my favorite) and some packaged fresh fruit or a veggie like sugar snap peas. Easy, quick, and fresh! If it’s nice outside, sit outside and enjoy your snack in the sunshine! If not, you can take a few relaxing minutes and enjoy it in the car (parked, not while driving).
I love these two choices when I need something a little chocolatey. The Nibmor squares are perfect, single serving doses of dark chocolate — and this mint flavor is heavenly. Larabars are another favorite and come in delectable flavors like this chocolate coconut chew, peanut butter chocolate cup, and pecan pie (a fall favorite). Check out all their amazing flavors here (like banana bread, chocolate chip brownie, chocolate chip cookie dough, cashew cookie, and more). I’ll take one of each, please.
The great thing about Larabar and these flavors? Your taste buds are happy and you are eating real whole foods. Larabars are made with a blend of unsweetened fruits (especially dates), nuts and spices — they never have more than 9 ingredients. Fair trade, lots of organic ingredients + gluten-soy-and dairy free, these are bars you can feel good about eating.
That’s a wrap! Hope you find this useful when you’re on the run and in need of a snack. No matter what you’re doing, just keep running on good 🙂 xox