I am not 100% healthy all the time. I admit it. I am human and occasionally, I like to indulge in snacks that are not the healthiest choices. (Who doesn’t like popcorn at the movies?)
But most of the time, I try to be very conscious of what I’m eating and I like to know what I’m putting in my body. So, when it comes to snacking and making those healthier choices (and opting not to stick to just fruit or vegetables), I often like to go the homemade route.
My recent obsession are homemade protein nut butter cups. They’re made with just a few ingredients – dark chocolate or cocoa or chocolate protein powder, coconut oil, and nut butter of choice (I use almond hazelnut). Melt and mix and freeze. Easy peasy.
I’m also a huge fan of making my own “Larabars“. It’s definitely a lot cheaper than buying actual Larabars, and I can throw in whatever I want. I also like healthy cookie dough dip (made with chickpeas but you’d never know it!) and black bean brownies.
And, in the summer when it’s super hot, I might make a little “nice cream” – a healthier version of ice cream made with frozen bananas. This is a great compromise for people like me who are also allergic to dairy.
Knowing exactly what I’m eating is definitely important to me, not only because of the obvious benefits of eating healthier and cleaner and knowing my ingredients, but also because I can eliminate as much garbage from my diet as possible. This is especially important when I’m following the Whole 30 Program and eliminating sugar and processed “foods” and other junk.
However, as I said, I am human and I do like to indulge on occasion. But that doesn’t have to equal eating garbage. There are plenty of healthier options on the market – even for your favorite “junk foods”.
For example, Amplify Snack Brands – the makers of Skinny Pop popcorn – have some wonderful snack products that are comparable in taste to your regular snacks, but without the garbage and the guilt. Their Paqui Tortilla Chips use non-GMO corn, are trans-fat free, are nut, soy, and Gluten-free, have no MSG, and are certified Kosher. Oh, and they come in a bunch of crazy flavors (Haunted Ghost Pepper, anyone?).
Amplify also in their roster, Oatmega Bars – grass-fed whey protein bars offered in a plethora of flavors – and Tyrrell’s Hand Cooked Potato Chips– which offers “no iffy ingredients”. And of course, let’s not forget the Skinny Pop brand of popcorn and other products, which are also “free of all those things, including GMOs, MSG, peanuts, soy, tree nuts, and Gluten”.
As you can see, there are many options on the market for snacking better and it’s commendable to see companies with a conscience – ones that care about our health and the ingredients they choose to put into their products (and therefore, that we put into our bodies).
So, if you’re on the go or not able to making your own healthy snacks (or have no interest in it), check out Amplify Brands (or at the very least, ensure you check your labels for ingredients on your snack foods) to see what product might become your next favorite snack.
Be kind to your body and what you put into it.