Why You Shouldn't Give Up Snacking...

{a book review, a recipe, and a GIVEAWAY}

 

I love snacks. I'm the kind of person who needs to eat every couple of hours. Smaller meals throughout the day seem to work best for me (but this doesn't mean it's right or what works best for you).

Snacking can be part of a very healthy diet as long as it's incorporated appropriately. Not only does snacking help with weight management and increasing energy levels, but also can improve our metabolism, reduce sugar cravings, and improve blood sugar control.

While so many of us are snackers, snacking can also be super challenging. I find it's often clients downfall in reaching their health or weight goals. I know how it is, all you have to do is walk by the kitchen and the chips and crackers are screaming your name. It can be so easy to over do it on snacks when they aren't planned out or balanced. A little prep and planning is key!

Fellow dietitian, Sarah Koszyk, recently published a book that I love and highly recommend: 365 Snacks For Every Day of the Year. Whether you're a planner or a mindless muncher, this book is for you. 

In her book, Sarah goes into detail about the benefits of snacking with a ton of (365!) amazing recipes and snack ideas. She explains the components of a healthy, satisfying snack (think protein and high fiber carbohydrate) and provides tips for planning healthy snacks for your whole week. Sarah helps take the effort out of planning and prep to make healthy snacking easy, affordable, and delicious- because why can't corn on the cob or cucumbers and cheese be a snack?

The book is broken down into sections with recipes and ideas for wherever you go:

Snacks At Home
Snacks At School or Work
Snacks On the Go
Snacks At a Convenience Store
Snacks For Your Sweet Tooth

Snacks At a Convenience Store is my fave. Nowadays, we all think we're super busy and find ourselves eating on the go more than ever. If we don't plan ahead, we frequently end up at convenience stores or fast food joints to fill the void. When we think of convenience stores, many of us jump to potato chips and candy bars. There are now more and more choices to make healthy eating possible on the go. Next time opt for some fruit with nuts or string cheese or even microwavable soup. Check out Sarah's book for a ton of ideas and RD approved brands.

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The recipes in this book are super simple. Most of which you can pack on the go or make ahead of time. One of my faves is the Date Rolls with Coconut and Whole Almonds. I definitely have a sweet tooth and this is a sure way to satisfy it while still filling me up (it has protein!) till my next meal. Check it below.

Date Rolls with Coconut & Whole Almonds

An energy booster with natural sweetness.
4 whole pitted dates + 1 Tbsp shredded coconut + 4 almonds = 230 calories
Slice the dates open and stuff each date with shredded coconut and 1 almond each.

 

P.S. I forgot to mention all the snacks are less than 250 calories!  #winning (is that still a thing?)


Ok, now time for the GIVEAWAY!

**UPDATE: GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED

be sure to check out Sarah's book on Amazon too!

To Enter:

1. Please follow Sarah on either Instagram or Facebook.
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2. Complete the form below to sign up to get the latest nutrition info, updates, recipes and more right to your inbox each month. You won't regret it:)

The more you follow/sign up for the more entries you'll get. 
Winner will be announced on Monday, February 6th. 
Good luck!