8 Healthy Back to School Snacks Bonus: They don't break the bank!

Staying focused and energized all day is impossible with a schedule that just won’t quit. And taking a break to eat an actual meal is a rare treat when you’re always on the go!

On top of that, eating healthy is expensive and time consuming.

Enter, snack time.

You left snack time behind in preschool, right? Wrong.

Hear us out: snacks may be your secret weapon to get you through an action-packed day. Snacking has plenty of fantastic benefits, including increased nutrient intake, appetite control, increased energy, and better concentration, if done correctly. It’s easier to focus during a three hour lecture if your stomach isn’t growling, right?

But don’t pick up that bag of chips just yet. Snacking is only beneficial if you are eating healthy foods. We have compiled a list of our office’s favorite healthy snacks that you can eat next time hunger strikes:

Snack #1

Edamame

Edamame-During-PregnancyThis is a great snack hot or cold! Edamame are packed full of protein, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Another great perk is that they help calm down a bloated stomach.

Snack #2

Popcorn

proddet_1500_1190_plainPopcorn is a classic snack that is surprisingly healthy when prepared right! Popcorn itself is a good source of fiber and antioxidants. Top it off with a little salt, cayenne pepper or parmesan cheese for a kick of flavor.

Snack #3

Kale Chips

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Kale is at the forefront of many health fads and trends these days – for good reason. It’s great for you! Filled with vitamins A, C and K, this is a perfect late night snack. 

Here’s our favorite way to prep kale chips:

On a large baking sheet, lay out the raw kale (no stems). Top it off with a teaspoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 -12 minutes, or until crispy,.

Enjoy!

Snack #4

Chia Pudding

healthy snackContaining both omega-3’s and fiber, chia seeds alone are terrific for you. Our favorite way to eat them is in this homemade pudding mix!

Here’s how to prep the perfect chia seed pudding breakfast:

Mix 2 ½ cups of coconut milk (or unsweetened almond milk – your preference!) with ½ cup chia seeds, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Store overnight in the fridge.

Top with berries and enjoy!

Snack #5

Avocado Rice Cakes

rs-Making-Avocado-Rice-Cake-1Rice cakes in general are a great snack. They are low in calories but high in fiber and fill you up! You can top them with nearly anything –  from peanut (or almond) butters to avocados!

Bonus: this recipe is super easy. Slice or mash a half an avocado and spread on 2 rice cakes. Season to taste with salt, black pepper, paprika and/or lemon.

Snack #6

Trail Mix

festive-trail-mix1-1024x682Trail mix is a classic snack that, when done right, can be terrific for you! You can also get super creative with mixing sweet or savory flavors. Make your own with some dried fruit, dark chocolate and of course lots of nuts. Almonds, Cashews and Peanuts are a great place to start!

 

Snack #7

Apples with Butter (Peanut or Almond)

healthy snacksAnother classic but yummy snack! Just pack a bag of apple slices and a travel packet of Almond or Peanut butter and you’re good to go! 

Snack #8

Yogurt Fruit Squares

Stawrberry-Frozen-Yogurt-Cubes6-1024x768Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean you’re not still feelin’ those summer temperatures. These yogurt fruit squares are a yummy and healthy frozen treat to enjoy before the colder fall temperatures hit. 

Our go-to recipe:

Take your favorite low-fat, non-fat or dairy-free yogurt and mix in some mixed berries. Place them in an ice tray and freeze over night. In the morning, you will have a delicious and healthy snack that tastes like a cheat meal!

 

There you have it: eight solid recipes to help keep you motivated and energized throughout your day!

Have more recipe ideas for us? Hit us up on Twitter and Instagram! We would love to hear your go-to healthy snacks.