One of my favorite nighttime movie snacks? Popcorn! I like to make my own in my air popper, but sometimes I’m way too lazy. As you all know, I’m a fan of Chia Pop, Skinny Pop, and Boom Chicka Pop! This was my first time trying the lightly sweet flavor of Boom Chicka Pop. It reminded me of a lighter version of the kettle corn you get at fairs! It was a perfect treat. I topped the popcorn with a crumbled cinnamon roll quest bar and chopped walnuts. Popcorn is high fiber, low calorie, and surprisingly contains antioxidants. Who would have thought?
One of my favorite afternoon snacks? Yogurt, fruit & cereal! If you do not like soggy cereal, I would highly recommend eating it with yogurt. It stays crunchy a lot longer. Although, I have to admit…I’m sort of a fan of soggy cereal, especially Shredded Wheat!
Favorite snack right before a workout? Anything rice cake! I usually wait 45 minutes after eating anything heavy before working out. Sometimes I don’t have time to wait, but refuse to work out on an empty stomach. Some people can do it; I however, cannot. Rice cakes are my go-to when I do not have time. I like to top my rice cakes with hummus, cream cheese, lettuce, and turkey! I have more rice cake ideas here.
Favorite snack before bed? Yogurt! It’s important to eat when you are hungry. If your body is trying to tell you something; listen to it! Last night, I woke up around 3 am and gobbled a spoonful of peanut butter because I was hungry. Ignoring the pain will just keep you up, and possibly make you extra tired in the morning. I used to think it was a huge no no to eat before going to bed. People used to tell me that my body won’t burn calories and it’ll turn to fat blah blah blah. Well, they were wrong. A calorie is a calorie no matter what time it is. Now, when I’m hungry before bed, despite what I ate during the day, or how late it is; I choose yogurt!
Favorite snack any time of the day? Fruit! It has so many vitamins and health benefits. It’s much better than diving into a bag of candy. (obviously) I stock my fridge with tons of fruits. I don’t care if it’s winter; I still eat as much as I want. Add fruit to salads, smoothies, yogurt, cereal, or bake it! I like to cut mine up and have it ready to go.
Favorite snack all day long? Vegetables! I can’t get enough. I remember when I HATED vegetables. It would take about three tbsps of ranch on one carrot to get me to eat it. Oh and celery? I’d drown it in peanut butter, lick the peanut butter off, and secretly feed the celery to my cat. He didn’t eat it either. Pickles and onions on my McDonalds hamburger were considered too many vegetables for me. It’s crazy how far I have come. It took me about a year to experiment with vegetables before liking them, but now I can eat them in almost any form. Just don’t give me mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, or olives. I’ll pass.
I like eating my vegetables with hummus. I tried hummus for the first time a couple years ago and fell in love. I like roasted red pepper and roasted garlic the best.
This morning, I had a giant plate of fruit with my cinnamon vanilla Greek yogurt dip! All of the fruit and fresh foods lately are getting me excited about spring, summer, and farmers markets!