It's 3PM and you're hit with a snack attack! What do you grab?
The right snack can keep you feeling full and energized until your next meal, but the wrong snack can give you brain fog and set you up for cravings.
We asked 16 nutrition experts what snack they like to add to their client's meal plans, and here's what they told us.
Log into That Clean Life to add any of these snacks to your next meal plan, whether it's for yourself or a client!
Vegan Ranch Dressing with Veggies
Culinary Nutrition Expert, Tabitha Lavoie, tells her clients to reach for a hearty dip.
"My favourite snack is the Vegan Ranch Dressing
paired with raw or roasted cauliflower. This dip is an all-star because the nut-base contains fats to keep you satiated, and when paired with some vegetables, the fibre balances everything out. Pack this snack to satiate those mid-day snack cravings!"
Zesty Lemon Chia Pudding
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Megan Crozier, keeps her clients fuelled with real food and fibre.
"I love adding Zesty Lemon Chia Pudding as a snack to my client's meal plans because it's a perfect balance of protein, fat, and fiber to balance their blood sugar and keep them full. It's also simple and easy to throw together ahead of time, so even my busiest clients can make it work for them."
Cinnamon Flax Muffins
Nutritionist, Hillary Bennetts, recommends something you can make in large batches and eat all week long.
"I love to include the Cinnamon Flax Muffins in my meal plans. They have a wonderful and nutritious balance of healthy fat, protein, and fiber to keep you full between meals. They are also super quick to make and keep all week in the fridge for an easy grab-and-go!"
Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries
Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries were popular for a couple different reasons. Dietitian Lizzie Streit told us:
"I love recommending the Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries as a snack for my clients. They have fiber and protein to keep you satisfied, and are a perfect sweet treat for the afternoon or after dinner. Plus, they're so easy to make but most people don't think to do it on their own!"
Mind and Health Mastery Coach, Lyndsay Chollak, loves them too.
"Especially in the summer, this is such a fun and simple snack to make. Pop a handful to cover those sugar cravings in the afternoon.
These are wonderful for the whole family too. The kiddos feel like they are getting an extra special treat, especially when they are helping me make them. Making food fun again and not a daunting chore for the whole family."
Mini Dark Chocolate Tahini Cups
Nutritionist, Tracy Houle, is a self-confessed chocoholic and loves adding it to her client's meal plans too.
"My absolute favourite That Clean Life snacks are the Mini Dark Chocolate Tahini Cups. Each ingredient is a superfood packed in the shape of a dessert. Brilliant!! And if Tahini is a problem - it’s an allergy for some of my clients - then almond, hazelnut or sunflower seed butter works so well too!"
Green Smoothie Muffins
Dietitian, Angela Wallace, likes to sneak veggies into her client's meal plans, even hiding them in baked goods.
"I am a sucker for healthy treats and the Green Smoothie Muffins are on the top of my list! They are super tasty, loaded with greens, and even have a decent amount of protein. I enjoy every last bite of these muffins with love knowing I have every reason to!"
Blueberry Chia Parfaits
The Blueberry Chia Parfait is another popular snack with our experts:
Holistic Nutritionist, Connie Sears, is a huge fan of chia seeds.
"Personally, my fave snack recipe is the Blueberry Chia Parfait, I make it and recommend it all the time! The low ingredient count and simple recipe make it easy to get my clients into the kitchen, and they appreciate the additional portions at the ready in the fridge. I deal with a lot of clients looking to banish belly fat while feeling full, chia seeds are a great option."
Holistic Nutritionist, Miranda Barrett, also loves a good chia seed snack.
"It's the perfect grab 'n go snack that's high in fiber, protein and is a good source of healthy fat. Oh and let's not forget it's absolutely delicious! Need I say more? Switch it up by swapping the blueberries for raspberries, strawberries or banana."
Almond Butter Stuffed Dates
Naturopathic Doctor, Natasha Zervaas, likes recommending something salty and sweet to satify craving and balance blood sugar.
"My favourite snack pick to recommend to my clients is the Almond Butter Stuffed Dates because with just 2 ingredients they make a super quick and easy option. They also satisfy cravings for something salty and sweet. Hence this is particularly great for those afternoon blood sugar drops."
Chocolate Cauliflower Shake
Naturopath and Nutritionist, Hayley Stathis, recommends reaching for a hormone-balancing smoothie.
"I love the Chocolate Cauliflower Shake as a snack for balancing women's hormones. It's packed full of healthy fats and protein (the building blocks of our hormones), contains Maca Powder to nourish the pituitary gland, Cacao Powder rich in relaxing magnesium... and it tastes like chocolate, so what's not to love?!"
Holistic Nutritionist, Melissa Skepetas, likes to keep it classic and crunchy...
"Kale Chips of course! Kale hips are a saviour for potato chip cravings. This is all because you get that crunch your palette needs with a hint of salt (can get creative with the spices too)."
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Naturopathic Doctor, Jennifer Haessler, likes to keep it balanced and fun with a healthy cookie.
"We love the Chocolate Chip Cookies in our household. We use spelt flour instead of almond flour so that the kids can take them to school. They are the perfect solution to a sweet craving. My clients love them on their meal plans too."
Walnuts & Dark Chocolate
Naturopathic Doctor, Tara Clapp, isn't huge on snacking, but when she does, she reaches for something with plenty of healthy fats.
"My personal favourite is reaching for Walnuts & Dark Chocolate. The nuts satisfy my craving for something crunchy, salty and the fat keeps me satisfied until dinner. And adding dark chocolate to is - well why not! Cocoa is loaded with anti-oxidants. I try to choose at least 80% cocoa chocolate."
Tzatziki with Cucumber Slices
But if you prefer a more savoury snack, Dietitian Alix Turoff, has you covered.
"My favorite snack to add to my client's meal plan is the Tzatziki with Cucumber Slices. I love that it's low in carbohydrates but high in protein and so versatile. I will often have my clients prepare a double portion of the recipe and use some for a snack and the rest as a salad dressing. They can't believe how delicious and creamy it is."
Blueberry Banana Bread
Nutritionist and Women's Health Expert, Amanda Laird, won our hearts with her choice...
"This is an easy one - it's definitely the Blueberry Banana Bread! It's the perfect sweet treat for anyone who is trying to rebalance their hormones as it's high in protein and fat so it won't spike your blood sugar."
What are the snacks you can't live without? Leave us a comment and let us know.
Log into That Clean Life to add any of these snacks to your next meal plan, whether it's for yourself or a client. Bon appetit!
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